Raising Kids with a Healthy Body Image by John Acquaviva

Raising Kids with a Healthy Body Image by John Acquaviva


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Book Description:

Raising Kids with a Healthy Body Image: A Guide for Catholic Parents is the unique approach to the body image crisis that impacts many children. From a young age, our kids are under immense pressure from a variety of sources that can determine the value of their bodies. But God has something to say about this as well. Saint John Paul II’s wonderful teaching known as Theology of the Body is the book’s guiding force. Along with Scripture and the Church’s Sacraments, this book is an excellent parenting tool to guide your child so they see the worth of their bodies as designed by our Creator. In addition, this book discusses the numerous causes of a poor body image and includes chapters on how to instill fitness and sound nutrition into your family life.

About the Author:

Dr. Acquaviva holds a Ph.D. in exercise science and is a professor at Wingate University. His courses include Strength and Conditioning, Sports Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Weight Loss, Weight Gain and Body Image. Over the years, he has given hundreds of presentations to fitness professionals, coaches and athletes, Catholic Church adult congregations, youth groups, and campus ministries. He is also the author of Improving your Body Image through Catholic Teaching and is the host of a sports and fitness radio program on nationwide Catholic radio. He resides in Matthews, NC, with his wife Alecia and four children, Clare, Luke, Abigail, and Grace.

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About the Author’s Radio Program – Radio Maria, Mondays at 2:00 pm EDT beginning October 17!
Faith and Sport is a show that is fueled by The Office of Church and Sport, a council for the laity created by Pope John Paul II due to the significance of sport in our culture. The show mirrors contemporary sports talk, but includes dialogue regarding morality, character and ethics as it relates to the actions and comments made by athletes, administrators, officials, coaches, and fans at every level. Joined in studio by radio veteran Ed Billick, professor of Sport Sciences John Acquaviva (Wingate University) will discuss current issues in sport, and have conversations with former/current players and coaches as well those who teach and write about sport and spirituality.  Listeners will have the opportunity to call in, text or email during show to make comments or ask questions.

News on the Book: 

SueAnn Howell, “St. Matthew parishioner pens guide for Catholic parents on raising kids with a healthy body image,” See http://catholicnewsherald.com/95-news/entertainment/1179-st-matthew-parishioner-pens-guide-for-catholic-parents-on-raising-kids-with-a-healthy-body-image 

Testimonials on the Book:

Building upon the timeless teachings of the Church, edified by saints and scripture, and penned from a practical parent’s perspective, Raising Kids with a Healthy Body Image: A Guide for Catholic Parents is a great tool to help you raise happy, healthy and holy children. John C. Acquaviva takes on challenging topics with compassion and candor in a faith-filled yet totally accessible way. Stop shying away from the tough yet essential conversations and serve your family with an equipped and inspired perspective!  – Lisa M. Hendey, Founder of CatholicMom.com and author of The Grace of Yes

Rooted in the Truth of the Catholic Church, this inspiring book offers everything parents need to help their children become the body-confident people God created them to be. Using Saint Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, Scripture, and the teaching of the Church, this must-read will help you and your child navigate the minefield of body image pitfalls our culture perpetuates to rediscover the God’s purpose for their bodies–to glorify Him. Spiritual and practical, this edifying book belongs on every parent’s bookshelf. – Kate Wicker, Journalist & Speaker Author of Weightless: Making Peace With Your Body

There is an epidemic of distorted body image fed by popular culture and causing great distress among far too many of our sons and daughters. Dr. John Acquaviva delivers it a devastating one-two punch in his masterful melding of the findings of modern science with the timeless wisdom of the Catholic Church on the true dignity and importance of the human body in harmony with the soul. Every Catholic parent should read, re-read, and put to use Raising Kids with a Healthy Body Image: A Guide for Catholic Parents. Indeed, every parent — period. Kevin Vost, Psy.D., author of Fit for Eternal Life and Memorize the Mass!

As a model and actor who travels speaking about his Catholic faith I am intimately familiar with the destructive lie the media feeds us daily about body image and the meaning the life. This book is a must-read for anyone raising children or those simply seeking to better understand how to navigate through this physically and spiritually dangerous culture war we find ourselves in. – Mario St. Francis Herrera, Model & Actor turned Lay Catholic Evangelist

Raising Kids with a Healthy Body Image: A Guide for Catholic Parents is a book all parents need, whether they are Catholic or not. John C. Acquaviva goes right to the heart of the issues that can plague a young person with despair because of a negative body image. In a conversational tone, he sets us back on track with Catholic teaching and shows how to appreciate our bodies as the gifts that they are.” – Dr. Stacy Trasancos, Chair of the Science Department, Kolbe Academy

The E-Book! – 99 Ways to Teach Like the Master by Timothy J. Burdick

The E-Book! – 99 Ways to Teach Like the Master by Timothy J. Burdick

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Education is foundational to the development of souls. 99 Ways to Teach Like the Master is a journey into the instructive techniques of Jesus. By learning from the Master, we can learn better how to communicate and impart knowledge to others. Whether it is for the teacher of a small classroom, a large symposium, or a home school parent, T.J.’s insight into the teaching style of Christ is one of a kind and proves to be a useful resource to any teacher.

About the Author
Mr. T.J. Burdick, O.P., is a teacher by trade, a lay Catholic by grace and a husband and father by vocation. He has a Masters in the Art of Teaching through Aquinas College and is currently working toward another Masters in Theology through Holy Apostles College & Seminary. A former missionary to Latin America, T.J. writes and speaks on the topics education, social media, hispanic ministry and Dominican Spirituality. He blogs at TJBurdick.com.


I absolutely loved this book by TJ Burdick. The book offered prayerful and thoughtful reflections and guidance on how to teach in the style of Christ. In the book, TJ takes a specific piece of Sacred Scripture and exposes the fine tuning Jesus puts into his teaching style. TJ includes analysis on topics interested in delivery, subject matter, method, philosophy, and the attributes of a good teacher in this book, making it a very comprehensive and inspiring read. This book is aimed at educators, so I highly recommend this book for homeschool parents, teachers in private and public schools, and any other educator who want to incorporate the virtue of Christ in their work. – Shaun McAfee, author of Filling our Father’s House (Sophia Press, 2015)

I’ve long wanted a great book to give to the Catholic teachers in my friends and family. That wait is over. TJ Burdick’s new book, 99 Ways to Teach Like the Master, is that perfect book. TJ breaks the book down into ninety-nine short, accessible chapters that help Catholic teachers realize how their faith can impact their teaching. Simultaneously he gives teaching insights and ideas that any teacher, whether Catholic or not, would benefit from. From how to help students learn from failure to how to be a storyteller as a teacher to how to deal with different types of intelligence, TJ writes over a broad swatch of important topics in the teaching world. The Master that TJ refers to in the book’s title is Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus is the Master, and the master Teacher. TJ incorporates Scripture and the example of Christ and applies them to every area of teaching. Each lesson shows how one can follow the pattern that Jesus left for us while teaching students. The book encompasses every aspect of a student’s life–not just the intellectual aspects–but who they are as a person and how teachers can help them develop themselves in truth. From years of teaching at various levels and reflecting on the Catholic Faith, TJ has synthesized the two in a powerful way. I was struck again and again with how keen his insights were. They clearly sprung from years of practical experience and personal reflection. I now have a go-to book for giving to the Catholic teachers in my life. 99 Ways to Teach Like the Master will help people both grow in their Catholic Faith and in their avocation as teachers. – Devin Rose, author of The Protestant’s Dilemma