The New You

A Guide to Better Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness

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Are you being intentional about your health and wellness?

When we aren't intentional, our health and wellness slowly start to slip away as our days get busy with the demands of life and work. If this subtle pull has led to extra weight, low energy, or a constant sense of stress, The New You will help you make a decision to stop being carried by the current of bad habits. It takes a holistic view of health that encompasses the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual areas of your life, giving you proven, systematic ways to dramatically improve each one. You'll come away with specific strategies to

· lose weight
· get more sleep
· lower stress
· nurture better relationships
· connect with God
· and much more

Ready to trade in unhealthy drifting for an intentional approach to health and wellness and the fullness of life God has in store for you? The New You is your guide for the journey.

"Are you tired, worn down, discouraged, and longing for a vibrant life--a new you? Then this book is the prescription you need."--Timothy R. Jennings, MD, DFAPA, psychiatrist and author of The Aging Brain and The God-Shaped Brain

"It seems many people are looking for the big miracle or the one secret solution or the one answer to solve all their problems. This exciting book focuses on small steps--many small steps--to transform your life."--Elmer L. Towns, cofounder and vice president, Liberty University

Nelson Searcy is the founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church, with locations in New York City and Boca Raton, Florida. He is also the bestselling author of over a dozen books, including The Generosity Ladder, The Greatness Principle, The Difference Maker, and Tongue Pierced.

Jennifer Dykes Henson
is a freelance writer and the coauthor of several bestselling books, including The Generosity Ladder and Tongue Pierced. She previously worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the marketing communications manager for In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.


"I love the new book The New You: A Guide to Better Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness because it focuses on small steps that every person can take to accomplish a great spiritual or physical breakthrough in their life. It seems many people are looking for the big miracle or the one secret solution or the one answer to solve all their problems. This exciting book focuses on small steps . . . many small steps . . . to transform your life."

Elmer L. Towns, cofounder and vice president, Liberty University

"Are you tired, worn down, discouraged, and longing for a vibrant life--a new you? Then this book is the prescription you need. Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson have compiled a simple, yet comprehensive, list of biblical principles anchored in scientific fact that when applied energizes the tired, rejuvenates the worn down, and invigorates the discouraged. Because of God's design for life, if you do what this book teaches, you cannot avoid a healthier and happier life."

Timothy R. Jennings, MD, DFAPA, psychiatrist and author of The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind and The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life

"The New You is like a handbook for life. The content is clear, concise, and compelling. And Nelson and Jennifer write in a style that is straightforward, biblical, and highly practical. Your life will be better if you read and do what this book says."

Lance Witt, founder, Replenish Ministries

"Having no vision for your life should be alarming. However, having a big vision with no plan is senseless. This book will help you cultivate both! I love what Nelson and Jennifer have done because they've made complicated concepts incredibly approachable. You're going to want to keep this book near you for the rest of your life."

Clay Scroggins, lead pastor, North Point Community Church

"Searcy has taught us how to launch, grow, and sustain healthy churches, and now he and Henson share practical tips for attaining and maintaining healthy lives. The New You proves a timely book, as Christians are recognizing in increasing number the call to offer our bodies as living sacrifices (Rom. 12:1)."

Matthew C. Easter, assistant professor of Bible, Missouri Baptist University

"The best book in a long time about how to balance spiritual and physical health! Searcy and Henson give an easy-to-follow plan for improving health while growing your spiritual life. Keep this book on your nightstand, in your car, or in your bag to consult it often and learn how physical health and spiritual growth were intended to work together."

Bob Whitesel, DMin PhD, award-winning author of 13 books, coach, consultant, and speaker on church health and growth at

"Progress, not perfection! This approach to life keeps me sane and moving in the right direction. It is also what makes The New You such a valuable tool for making the most of your wellness. This book combines helpful biblical insights with practical small steps for moving forward in your wellness. My favorite thing about these small steps is they are realistic and doable. Read and apply this book and your total person will be transformed!"

Steve Reynolds, pastor of Capital Baptist Church in Annandale, Virginia, and author of Bod4God: Twelve Weeks to Lasting Weight Loss

"Personal health has the potential to be a troublesome and turbulent issue for many persons. In this book Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson truly offer 'a new perspective on God's purpose for our health and wellness' hardwired in an understanding of who we are in relationship to God. That makes it a refreshing and eye-opening read. Their practical and frank confrontation of the questions and unhealthy habits we often have encourages truthful reflection on how we serve as ministers and Christians. This is balanced brilliantly with the small steps to change, which provide motivation and are nonthreatening for persons who can become overwhelmed by just thinking about getting healthy."

Dwight Fletcher, founder and senior pastor, Transformed Life Church, Kingston, Jamaica

"I am forever grateful for my relationship with Nelson Searcy. I first came into contact with Nelson about nine years ago through his books and resources for churches and pastors. I decided to join his coaching network. Best decision I ever made! At that time I had been the pastor of the church I planted for nineteen years. We were a small church of about one hundred people. Since that time, through the coaching I received from Nelson, our church has grown to a church of over five hundred people, hired multiple staff, and built a building that enabled us to reach over 1,200 people this past Easter. We became a healthy, growing church. But the hard truth is--I was not a healthy pastor. I was overweight, out of shape, stressed out, and headed for an early grave. Two years ago, I finally decided to put into practice the principles that Nelson shares in this new book, the same principles that he has been living and sharing with me through coaching. Nelson is right, it really is the small things, done consistently over time, that make a huge impact in every area of life. In the past two years I've lost over eighty-five pounds and kept it off. I have more energy than I've ever had and I'm healthier than I've ever been. I cannot wait to share this book with you! You really are one small step away from a brand new you! Thank you, Nelson! My wife and family thank you! My church thanks you! I thank you!"

Pastor Chris Rollins, Coastal Community Church, Charleston, South Carolina

"Nelson has been my friend and role model for ministry for nearly thirty years. I have witnessed him excel in every area of life from school to family life to church leadership. The principles that have helped him to be a good friend, husband, father, and pastor are shared in The New You in order to take you from an average life to an abundant life!"

Michael A. Jordan, pastor, Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Axton, Virginia

"It's been said, if you want to know the health of a family, a church, or an organization, put a thermometer in the leader's mouth. In The New You, Nelson and Jennifer not only give the reader a checkup but they also give strategies for improving the most important areas of life. If you desire greater energy, clearer thinking, and spiritual vitality, this is the book for you."

Brian Moore, lead pastor, Crosspointe Church Anaheim

"This book will strengthen your life, regardless of your faith. Nelson applies his systematic, biblical, and practical approach to all areas of health. You will walk away stronger mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. From the first chapter to the last, you will find big and small ideas you can use now. Don't wait, buy this book now."

Jimmy Britt, lead pastor, Rocky River Church, Charlotte, North Carolina

"Nelson and Jennifer have done it again! Having known Nelson for over a decade, I have personally benefited from the teachings in this book. I recommend this book to everyone! And I think it would be a great book for small group study too."

Dr. Rick Mandl, senior pastor, Eagle Rock Baptist Church, Los Angeles, California

"The New You is actually about reclaiming YOU! The YOU God envisioned . . . the YOU God created . . . the YOU God loves. In addition to physical health, Nelson and Jennifer delve into the spiritual, emotional, and mental dimensions of what makes for a healthy YOU. And that's where The New You really shines. Their holistic approach to your health provides insights galore and, at the end of each chapter, simple and specific strategies to help YOU reclaim more of what God intended for YOU all along!"

Pastor Kent Wilson, creator of 9Minutes2Fit workout program, certified functional aging specialist, and assistant to the bishop in the Northwestern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

"Wholeness and healing are at the top of God's priority list. By clearly explaining the biblical principles that point to full health, the authors make human wholeness not only understandable but, through a series of small steps, doable."

Stan Pegram, lead pastor, BMZ Regional Church

The Authors

  1. Nelson Searcy

    Nelson Searcy

    Nelson Searcy is the founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church. Started in 2002 in New York City, this groundbreaking church sees the majority of its growth coming from new believers and currently meets in locations in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten...

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  2. Jennifer Dykes Henson

    Jennifer Dykes Henson

    Jennifer Dykes Henson is a writer, wife, and mom to two young girls. She has coauthored several bestselling books, including The Generosity Ladder and Tongue Pierced. Previously, Jennifer worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the...

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