June 23, 2011 by Stacy McDonald

Health for Godly Generations: A Review

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“If the Divine Creator has taken pains to give us delicious and exquisite things to eat, the least we can do is prepare them well and serve them with ceremony.” – Chef Fernand Point

WARNING: Read all the way to the end to find out how you can WIN your own FREE copy!

Health for Godly Generations: A Reformational Perspective was written by Renee DeGroot, a homeschool graduate with a Certificate in Christian Education from Whitefield College. I am so late in reviewing this excellent book it is embarrassing. When I first received this treasure for review I quickly devoured it. I followed my husband around the house reading him choice paragraphs and waiting for him to answer with, “That’s what you always say too, dear.” But, instead, he gave me a look that said, “I guess this confirms the fact that I still can’t have barbecue chips, right?

I tease my husband about his secret (or not so secret) love for potato chips, but he really does “get it.” Especially as he’s discovered that food really can and is supposed to taste good without being altered beyond recognition. It doesn’t need chemicals and food dyes anymore than my daughters need Botox or facelifts (I didn’t use myself as an example just in case you disagreed with me!).

Those of us who grew up on Frankenberry and Ding Dongs learned to love the taste of dirt. But, I’ve found that as we begin to eat right, we develop a taste for what is good, wholesome, and nourishing. Our palates “heal” and we learn to recognize and enjoy the “good stuff” from the pink sugared cardboard.

Renee has done a fantastic job of communicating the fact that what we believe about food matters. And what we do with what we believe will impact future generations. How we grow our food, and what happens to it from farm to table, not only affects our bodies, but in a very real way it impacts Christian culture.

“True beauty is sought as we cultivate food in the way God created, preparing it purely and wholesomely to nourish and strengthen us, and serving it lovingly at the family meal table.”

“If ‘Culture is religion externalized,’ as Henry Van Til proclaimed, and if diet preferences are an element of culture (which they are, since diet is not universal but is shaped by geography, people groups, and traditions), then all food practices, including harvest, preparation, nutrition, and consumption, are associated with the working outward of a people’s religion….A distinctively Christian and reformed view of culture will likewise affect our food preparation and diet choices.”

In a clear and engaging style, Renee speaks candidly about the importance of glorifying God by eating foods that help us to carry out the task of Kingdom building.

“Christians would not purposefully disable themselves to perform a necessary task; that would be ridiculous. However, we impair ourselves perpetually by eating things which will have detrimental effects on our bodies.”

In addition to health and nourishment, she reminds us that God did not give us boring, colorless, or tasteless food. In Chapter 5, For Pleasure and Sustenance, Renee explores the beauty and pleasure of food. As well as discussing the blessing and importance of hospitality, she describes how God allows all of our senses to be employed in the enjoyment of a good meal.

Wonderful meals can bring pleasure to all the senses that God gave us. Food is heard sizzling or simmering on the stove or crunching in our mouths. Our eyes are met by the variety of colors, surfaces, shapes, and sizes that can be manipulated in the process of combining foods and presenting them on the table. Food is felt as it is harvested from a garden, sifted through the hands during preparation, or broken into pieces for eating. Aromas of food often greet entrants of a home even before they make their way to the dining table, and appetizing smells entice us toward what will soon be eaten. Taste of course, is the one sense dedicated entirely toward food and is the sense, in eating, that is most fundamental.

In addition to addressing some of the serious problems with food production today and confronting the issues that plague today’s average American diet, Renee gives us hope. She offers practical advice on realistic ways we can improve our eating habits. She confirms that healthy doesn’t mean misery and despair – quite the opposite.

Renee doesn’t promote fad diets or offer us recipe we wouldn’t feed the neighbor’s cat. Instead she gives us ideas for moving forward. She gives us food charts that will help us make informed choices on what we’re putting into our bodies and gives numerous practical helps to get us started. For instance, she has a helpful sugar chart that compares and informs us about the various kinds of sweeteners available, detailing the pros and cons of each. She offers a “suggested basic shopping list” and how to best care for purchased foods.

In a “down to earth” fashion, Renee talks about her own journey to healthy eating, admitting that her family has yet to completely eliminate white flour from their home (though she says they are close).

  • Health for Godly Generations also answers the following questions:
  • What do genetically modified foods do to our bodies?
  • Which foods contain what nutrition?
  • How can we, in a consumer-driven society, implement a diet that utilizes the bounty of God’s goodness for our health?
  • What are the healthiest substitutions for commercial foods that have been nutritiously compromised?

Renee’s advice here is excellent and true:

“Know the origin of every box, bag, bottle, carton, and can that goes from the field to the factory to your feast-table. Know, and be satisfied with, how food was grown, how it was made ready for consumption and packaging, and how it should be incorporated into your meals. The more you study health, the more the principles will become ingrained, and terms such as “natural,” “pure,” “super food,” “vitamin-rich,” and “wholesome” will be on your mind as you shop for and prepare meals for your family. The more progress you make toward healthy choices, the more exciting, and hopefully less-overwhelming, meal preparation will become.”

Health for Godly Generations is engaging, thorough, refreshing, and real. It is a useful resource as well as an inspiration. I highly recommend it!

Click on the image below to purchase this book:


“If the Divine Creator has taken pains to give us delicious and exquisite things to eat, the least we can do is prepare them well and serve them with ceremony.” – Chef Fernand Point


Leave a comment on this post sharing why you need this book and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win Health for Godly Generations. (The drawing will take place Saturday night)

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84 Responses to “Health for Godly Generations: A Review”

  1. Marie says:

    I would love to have this book to reinforce what I already know and as always learn something new.

  2. Rhonda says:

    This sounds like a GREAT book, I am so thankful you shared this with me.

  3. theresa says:

    I would like this book for encouragement in the nutritional journey, and for my 4 daughters to gain knowledge so that they will be able to better care for their future families.

  4. Emma says:

    I would love to win this book because I recently started a quest of trying to get healthy! I am sick and tired of never having any energy and just feeling blah. This book would be oh so helpful!

  5. Lisaann says:

    I would love to win this book! I have multiple health issues that I believe will drastically improve with real foods instead of junk.

  6. Annette says:

    I would love to win this book because my family is trying to start eating healthier and I feel this book will be a huge help to us.

  7. Oh do I need this book! I have such a hard time cooking healthy, I need motivation and practical ideas! Since I have hard time with it I am sadly not doing so well at setting an example for my 5 duaghters. Sounds like ths book would be great for that.

  8. Jana says:

    Oh, wow, our family could really use this book! We are having a lot of health issues lately. I’ve also started becoming more aware of the horrible chemicals & pesticides that our foods are full of. Looks like a great book!

  9. Lisa H. says:

    I would love to have this book to help my children see that it is not only new-age types and eastern mystics who believe that eating well is important. This in an area Christians gave up, that we need to reclaim. Good, real food is from the Lord, provided for our health, and when we use man-made concoctions that denature what God has made, it is like trying to earn salvation by our good works…. it doesn’t work!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  10. Sallie says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book so that I can more knowledgeably share with friends and family exactly why after 2o years of budgeting our meals off Marine Corps pay we want to settle down on a farm and raise our own crops and herds so we can eat food that we KNOW is good for us! All the while praying that it’s not too late!

  11. Christina says:

    I would love to read this book. Having gone through years of being sick and not being able to pin point what was wrong, I changed my views on food dramatically for the better. It has occurred to me many times that a book like this needed to be written. The subject to many is touchy and to others it has never even occurred to them. I have one friend in particular that could use this book, as she is just getting started in investigating “healthy” foods.

  12. Becky says:

    I can’t think why I need this book but it’s free so sign me up!

  13. Stephanie says:

    I am newer to the ‘whole foods’ idea. This book sounds like it would be a great tool to help me teach my family that treating our bodies as temples for the Lord is not actually a life of misery or despair! I pray that my grandchildren will not have to go down this pathway but will be brought up knowing and appreciating food the way God intended it. Thank you so much for bringing this book to my attention!

  14. Jenn says:

    I would love to read this book! I’ve been feeling more and more convicted about feeding my family processed foods and have a great desire to get back to basics as far as food is involved. I feel like it’s such a huge hill to climb though, especially on a pastor’s budget!! We’ve discussed buying local meat and produce, but have yet to act on it. Maybe this book would give me the extra push I need to dive in :)

  15. Shelby L'Rae says:

    I would adore a copy of this book. My best friend just had it come in when I went to stay a while with her, and we “fought” over it the whole time! ^.^ As a stay-at-home daughter preparing for (Lord willin’) marriage and a family of my own, nutrition is obviously important to me. The only problem is, sometimes it is hard to get ones hands on information that is from a Christian worldview. To read a book that is written by one concerned with multi-generational vision, family and “whole” foods…! I only got to read snippets of it here and there and I loved what I did read. It’s definitely on my “to purchase” list, but if I were to win it on a blog giveaway…… ;o)

  16. Lisa says:

    I would just love to read this book and implement its advice into the daily care I give my family!

  17. Amy says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while, so I was very glad to see your review. Cooking is by far the domestic work that comes most naturally to me and I’ve been very consciously trying to make our diet healthier. I would love to read this book and use this advice for my family! Thank you!

  18. I would love it for the needed encouragement to do the good I know to do :)

  19. Annette says:

    Our family most probably would benefit from information and inspiration that this young lady has put together and made available in this book.
    We desire to live the days allotted to us as healthy as we are able.
    Thanks for this offer..someone will be blessed by it!

  20. Quinn says:

    An exciting giveaway! I’d love to read this book… this is a topic I’m striving to learn more and more about. Thank you for sharing the review and giveaway!

  21. Chelsea Anne says:

    I have a friend who has very much enjoyed this book and has sung it’s praises on her blog. I would love a copy to “devour” myself! Thank you for the giveaway!

  22. Sheri Devan says:

    What an awesome giveaway, I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy.

  23. Rebekah says:

    I’ve been interested in reading this book for a while. I’m a believer in healthy, whole eating, and would love to hear her perspective and take on food. :)

  24. Kris says:

    I would love this book for the Godly advice that we all should be aware of in eating! I grew up thinking food was special, as in special breakfast foods,…if we were good, we got the sugar high, now I see mabey that was not a great idea. hahaha, and all this time us kids thought, we better be good…..cuz we get special food!Pop tarts was the best! habits are hard to break, this would be an awesome win!!!!!!!!!! Would pass on!

  25. Brooke says:

    Enter my name, please!

  26. MrsSM says:

    I would really like this book–I’ve seen it and it’s a title I’d like to get someday. We’ve begun to change our eating habits and we can see a visible difference. We’re learning to ask the right questions and learning where to seek Godly answers for their questions. I have daughters who would really appreciate this information, and I’d like to give them what I didn’t have at their age. My husband would heartily approve of our family obtaining this book as well, and I want to work at gaining this knowledge because it especially benefits him.

    Thank you for the opportunity!


  27. Erin says:

    I would love to win this book so that I could share the wisdom with my husband. I would love to read through it together with him so he could also have a better understanding of whole foods and clean eating. Thank you for this chance and for your review.

  28. Pamela says:

    I’d love this book to help me in my efforts to provide healthy meals for my family – I need clear cut information that is easy to share with my family.

  29. Jessica says:

    What a wonderful book! I would love the chance to read it. I am on the same journey of trying to eat healthy and prepare healthy meals for our 8 kids. A very difficult task and a work in progress to say the least.

  30. Miss Shiloh says:

    I ‘d love to have this book to learn more about health! :)

  31. Wow. So many reasons that I would love to win this book. We are working on eating healthy, God honoring meals and snacks in our home and still need help in this area. I could use some help with great things to make that are whole, healthy and not terribly expensive to make. My husband is diabetic and our children and I have ADHD and other health issues that are seriously affected by what we put into our bodies. I only know a little bit and am learning in a try it to see what works and what doesn’t approach and could use the encouragement in the process. We would read this book as a family as part of our homeschooling process. What an important topic! Can’t wait to read it!!

    Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

    Dancing together at the foot of the Cross,

    Mrs Mary Joy Pershing

  32. Kristy says:

    I would love to read this book. Our daughter had open heart surgery just over a year ago when she was four and a half, and while it is important for everyone to eat healthy it will always be more important for her, so we are trying to make changes now, to just keep going in the right direction for all or our health.

  33. You want to know why I need this book. . .because one can never have enough books on this very important subject!! I still have a lot to learn and love passing on my knowledge to those I know and love!

  34. Jennifer Kindle says:

    I would love to get this book as half my family has reactions to overly processed and chemically saturated foods. As a busy homemaker this looks like it would greatly help.

  35. Brenda says:

    I need all the help I can get with idea on getting myself and family to eat healthy. This looks like a great practical help.

  36. Ann Marie says:

    I already own this book, but I would love to win one to be able to give to someone at church. Seriously, church is my biggest obstacle when it comes to feeding my kids healthy foods.

  37. Stephanie says:

    I would love to have this book! I am a 22 year-old homemaker and I love to make dinners for my husband from scratch. I am always trying to learn about new tastes and nutrition. This book would bemore than a good read to me; it would become a way for me to learn to cook more healthy for my husband and one day for my children as well.

  38. Dee Jarvis says:

    My family is on that journey of trying to eat “healthier”. This information would add to our knowledge, and hopefully wisdom, so that we can continue on. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

  39. Elise says:

    I am a young wife/mother who is trying to get my family out of our “old” ways (that we grew up with) and am trying to totally reconstruct my cookbooks, eating and cooking styles. This book would be a big blessing to me and my family. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  40. We are on a journey toward a healthier and “self-sustaining” lifestyle. I am always eager to find more information to help us in our quest to be all that God would have us to be and to share that with my family. We’ve been having lots of fun learning to garden, grow herbs for food and medicine, making goat milk soap and learning to make foods using raw milk. It’s been quite an adventure. This book would be a useful resource for our home library!

  41. Naomi says:

    I’ve read excerpts from this book and find it right along the lines of what we have been learning in our own family. Plus, I have been building a library of books for our family and this is a definite “need to be added” book. The information is “right on”! for a healthier life. Most of all, we are called to take care of our bodies because it is the temple in which God resides. “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20)
    Thank you for the opportunity to win the book. God bless.

  42. Hannah says:

    My husband is trying to lower his cholesterol levels so we’re trying to change our eating habits. Learning about some of the toxins we’re putting into our bodies has been quite scary. I would enjoy reading this book.

  43. debbra hunt says:

    I would love this book not only for my family but also because I teach natural childbirth and nutrition is so important. I am always trying to find information and the sugar page sounds right up our alley. Plus it would be a great resource for my mommys.

  44. Judy says:

    Our family is on a journey to eating as much as possible the way God intended and I need all the help I can get!:)

  45. Susan says:

    I’ve struggled with feeding my family well. I was raised on chocolate chips and jello powder .. well, not exactly, but with 2 obese parents, although I’ve come a long way, I have a long way to go. Thank you for offering this chance to win a lovely book!

  46. debbie says:

    I would love to win this book because I am broke right now and unemployed. I also changed my eating habits and lost 120 pounds and did it by the GRACE OF GOD. I had tried all the diets out there but it was not till I changed my way of looking at all the junk I was putting into THE TEMPLE OF GOD….. that I realized how bad I was eating. I am learning to eat healthy now and have learned so much but I know there is much more out there to learn. I want to be healthy and clean for MY LORD AND SAVIOR. When I see HIM face to face I want to hear those beautiful words ‘ WELL DONE, MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL DAUGHTER, I AM PLEASED!”
    Thank you and may God bless you!

  47. Jennie says:

    I would love the opportunity to read this book and implement what I learn for my family. Thanks for sharing.

  48. Lisa Mather says:

    I have a family of eight and would love to draw my kids away from sugary, fatty foods and help them to realize just how yummy veggies and different fruits can really be.

  49. Lisa Perry says:

    Sitting in agony wondering how I could make it through one more day of my fibromyalgia pain spiral and I clicked on your posting. Clearly I know that some foods trigger pain spikes, but in self-indulgent, worldly focus, I often make poor choices because it is just easier than trying to figure out what I can eat. It is nice to have a resource that can make it easier to make healthy choices.

  50. Margaret in VA says:

    Hi Stacy! After doing a unit on nutrition in our Apologia book, which was very “politically correct” I decided to take a break and explore nutrition with my daughter from a healthier perspective. I’m having trouble finding materials to use in our study. This sounds like it might be helpful. Thanks for letting us know about it!

  51. Marie says:

    This book sounds wonderful. I have been convicted about some of our “bad” habits reguarding the way we eat, but just don’t know where to start.

  52. Christine says:

    I would love to win this book as I always enjoy learning about natural health for the benefit of my family.

  53. Jennifer D says:

    I don’t “need” this book but I would love to read it and there is no extra money to buy books right now.

  54. Mary Norton says:

    My husband and I don’t have the energy that we would like, and I want to learn better how to prepare healthy food and be a better example to my daughters.

  55. Cathi Updike says:

    I always thought I cooked in a healthy manner, but when my daughter was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease 3 years ago a whole new quest for “healthy” began in my family. I believe this book would help in our ongoing search for what is best for our family.

  56. Cindy says:

    This looks like a great resource to have. I, too, am trying to get my family away from sugary type snacks. Thanks for the opportunity.

  57. Kris says:

    We recently discovered that our special needs son behaves so much better when we remove all artificial coloring from his diet. The contrast was amazing. I would love to read this book and learn more.

  58. I’d love to win it!

  59. Christine says:

    What an interesting book! Stacy, I can’t say that I *need* this book, but I would love to win it. :)

    Our family has been on a “food journey” for several years now, and we’ve learned to love good, healthy food. My husband has been able to wean himself off of all his diabetic medications through eating healthy and losing weight. I would love to have a book containing all the details of the information you’ve shared above!

    Thank you for posting this.

  60. Maddy says:

    I would love to learn more about this. We must be poisoning our bodies with the many chemicals and overprocessed foods we eat, I am sure. Thanks for the giveaway!

  61. Angela Delaney says:

    Hi, Stacy!

    I need this book in order to have information on a godly perspective of nutrition at my fingertips. When talking to friends and family, the research I’ve done does not role off the tongue so well as quoting from a book. Also, I’m hoping the author gives her sources, as many blogs and internet sites fail to give that sort of information when making their claims about what healthy eating is. I’ve been confused about which “facts” are true and which are made up to suit one’s agenda.

    Thank you for considering me in the giveaway!


  62. Julie says:

    I would love to win this book because now that I’m older, I’m seeing the effects of not eating properly or the right things. I would love to learn what to do to feel better and be healthier. Thank you for entering me.

  63. alH says:

    Seems I am the thorn among the roses here!

    Like Christina, above, I do not “need” this book, but would delight to employ its fruits for the glory of our Lord and the benefit of his Church.

    Thank you, dear Sister, for all your labors in His kingdom.

  64. Kathy Odell says:

    I would love to have this book! I have just recently started the journey to a godly perspective of healthy eating. I have much to learn! And much to teach my three boys. I am appalled at the amount of chemicals that are in what I always considered “healthy” alternatives. I dislike being duped and feel that I have been for so long!

    Thank you for entering me in the contest.

  65. Tanya says:

    I have hungry teenage boys and girls that I need to feed but I would like it to be healthy. :)

  66. JJ Francis says:

    Our family has begun the process from “dirt food” to organic. We would love to have some help as we alter our family’s lifestyle to eat more healthfully! This book would be a huge blessing =)

  67. Michelle W. says:

    I was raised on “healthier” but not necessarily fresh & whole foods. Mostly on the “best” of the processed stuff. Combine that with the lack of basic kitchen & homemaking skills I was taught, it is already a challenge for me to create & experiment in the kitchen with meals. Combine that with the way my husband was raised (not the best of food choices), and it’s been a challenge to figure out what to feed our children without resorting to something packaged at each meal. We really want to change how we eat since all those years of poor food choices has really caught up with us medically. We don’t want our children to go through some of the same health challenges that we & our extended families have experienced. We just need the basic “how to” guidelines for making that course change, and the more I’ve read about this book, the more I really think this would benefit us. There are so many “diet” books & info out there that have just as bad long term affects as eating those petrified Ding Dongs & Twinkies! Even if we don’t win this book, it will go on our book wish list.

  68. Michelle says:

    Our family would love to add this book to our Christian lending library, and bring other people’s focus back to God as sovereign over all areas of life, and the Creator of our bodies (thus knowing what’s best for them). My parents bought me a personal copy earlier this year to aid in my study of nutrition, and it has been refreshing, eye-opening, inspiring, and has triggered excellent conversations with my mom!

    Thank you for your blog and this giveaway!

  69. Miss Megan says:

    I would like to win this book in order to study it and apply the principles for eating in a way that would be God-glorifying.

    1st Corinthians 10:31

  70. Yvonne says:

    This book would be a blessing to our family. Raising a large family, and being on a tight budget, I struggle with purchasing healthy foods, which are more expensive, and packaged foods which are not healthy, but cheap.

  71. Cindy C says:

    We try to eat healthy, but lately I seem to be serving the same things over and over. We raise our own meat, milk and eggs – I could make anything………..but I’m in a rut. Hopefully this book would help me out of that rut. My family would be very pleased to see this book turn up! (Me, too;-) Thank you.

  72. MargaretW says:

    Hi Mrs. McDonald!
    I would love to have a copy of this book because…I am the oldest of 7 and am privileged to be the head chef (and, as my siblings would say, the ‘food gestapo’) of our household. I already cook very healthfully, using ingredients we grow ourselves, but I always love new and exciting recipes and information to expand my knowledge of health and wellness. Thanks for sponsoring this!

  73. Theresa says:

    I would love to have this book on my shelf. I have quite a few nutritional books but nothing from a Godly perspective. I’ve been learning to view food in a new healthy way and learning to eat to live and not live to eat. :)

  74. gail says:

    I think it would be a great way to teach my kids about healthy eating. You know, it is always good to have documentation proving mom’s point about garbage in-garbage out. In body, mind and soul also. :o)

  75. I would love this book because I really need encouragement to get away from the easy prepackaged food choices and eat like I know our family should.

  76. Katie Walcott says:

    Trying to heal my daughter’s digestive system through wholesome foods. Health for Godly Generations is a perfect and timely tool for doing so. An answered pray…

  77. Carolyn says:

    I would love to have a copy of the book as well. I am currently do “The Lord’s Table” book about recovering from the sin of gluttony and learning how not only to make wise, healthy food choices but also not to use food as an idol set up to fill me up in a way only God can do. I have three little one’s my youngest (1 year) is a little girl who I truly want to teach healthy eating habit from THIS time as she learning to love foods for the first time! Thank you for the review!

  78. Maia Hinderman says:

    I would like a copy of this book, because my husband and I are trying to create a healthier lifestyle for our young family. We have looked a secular resources and gleaned much, but feel uneasy with the lack of Christian direction in this area. We would like to honor God through our choices and enjoy His gifts of sustenance and health.

  79. Gennifer says:

    My husband and I are currently on a quest to feed our family better foods that will help them grow to be healthy adults who will able to make wise choices about the foods they eat. Just as we try to help them grow spiritually strong we need to be helping them grow physically strong but feel overwhelmed by all the information “out there.” Considering that you have given this book such a high review, I would love a copy to help me become better informed about the foods I should be feeding my family.

  80. Sharon Frisch says:

    I have been trying to develop better eating habits for myself and my family, but always seem to fall back to old habits rather quickly. I think this book would be a blessing, especially since it is written from a godly perspective instead of a worldly one. Thank you for reviewing it and for the contest!

  81. Stacy McDonald says:

    Hannah at http://www.herimpressions.blogspot.com is our winner! Congratulations, Hannah! Please email me with your contact info! Praying all of you find a way to get a copy of this great book!

  82. I’m trying to eat healthier for weight loss and management of PCOS.

  83. Thanks for this review Stacy. I have just ordered a copy of this book from the library. It seems like a good antidote to Douglas Wilson’s comments at http://www.dougwils.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7500:no-better-off-if-we-eat-it&catid=62:grace-and-peace to the effect that God is totally indifferent to the content of our diet.

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