Monday, September 29, 2014
Review: Undressed:Taking Everything Off And Putting On What Matters by:Mark Cornelison
About the Book:
"Sometimes, just when you think life is going just the way you expect, things can change. What once was normal and acceptable is replaced by a sense that there is a better life to be lived, often in surprising ways. This describes Mark Cornelison, contestant on NBC s The Biggest Loser, before his life-changing experience on this popular show.
Mark realized that the life he was living had to look different and he gave God the freedom to, not only change him physically, but also mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well. This new chance to live life brought with it a message that he knew could change other people in the way it had changed him.
The world he had complicated with stuff, that we all think is important, was taken away one layer at a time. He was then clothed with a new, simple life. Now he shares the story and challenges you with what he has learned from the journey.
Come see what needs to be taken off of you so that a better you can truly live."
About the Author:
Mark Cornelison wanted to go on The Biggest Loser because he was ready to make the life changes necessary to get healthy and hoped to give his "smokin' hot wife a smokin' hot husband!" He says a poor diet and lack of exercise led him to start gaining weight in high school. As a youth pastor for more than 17 years, his weight had reached an all- time high and something had to be done.
At 43 years old and 295 pounds, Mark suffered from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and acid reflux. Mark enjoys doing volunteer work and going on mission trips, both of which were being significantly effected due to his weight. He knew it was time to make a life change when he began taking an anti-anxiety medication in efforts to deal with the side effects of his other prescriptions. A married father of three teenagers - two sons and one daughter - Mark started season 13 with his son, Chism, who gained much of his weight after an accident when he was younger.
After Mark left for the show, Cathy decided to make changes for herself so that the two of them could share this journey together. She began researching all she could about nutrition and healthy eating as well as developing a consistent exercise routine. By the time Mark returned, Cathy had lost 40 lbs. on her own and had created a home where healthy living was the norm.
Mark returned over 100lbs lighter with a new life. He currently has no medical conditions to be monitored and has been removed from all of the medications he was taking before this experience. Besides being role models to their family; their greatest joy is now having the physical and mental ability to do and be anything Christ calls them to be. After taking a stand on the show which ultimately led to Mark walking away from any and all prize possibilities with only two weeks left to go, they have both seen the doors open to sharing the truth of how God is alive and well behind the scenes in Hollywood.
The author after competing on The Biggest Loser, television show realized that a lot more than his treatment of his outward appearance needed help. He soon learned that his inward self needed so much more help than his outward body. So he set to work to peel back the layers and get down to the heart of the problem. Sometimes we feed the problem for so long that we forget what we are feeding after awhile.
The author takes you down the spiritual path he took as he found out that he too had more healing to do than he realized. He takes you step by step through the process to turn his life and will over to God. With each section he gives you main points to remember and discussion questions in the hope that you can use these suggestions to feel your way through the process.
The author does a fantastic job of keeping things "God" focused. If you would like to learn more about the book you can do so at this link.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Bostick.