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Stretch and Pray: A Daily Discipline for Physical and Spiritual Wellness

Stretch and Pray: A Daily Discipline for Physical and Spiritual Wellness

In this book, Finck provides a step-by-step guide to forty stretches, movements, and postures to improve physical and spiritual well-being. The book features photographs and devotional reflections for individuals to use to create their own routines.

While on a pilgrimage trek through Thailand, Finck discovered the benefits of daily stretching and quiet prayer. On the physical level, after only one week, the chronic back pain that had plagued him for twenty years disappeared. On a spiritual level, the poses deepened his prayer experiences.

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  • Publisher Augsburg Books
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780806651378
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 128
  • Publication Date February 2, 2005


"A wonderful way to integrate body and spirit. As I prayed the gentle stretches, I felt the involvement of the spirit throughout my whole being. I recommend this book to all who wish to honor their bodies as an integral part of their spiritual journeys."
– Jane E. Vennard, author of Praying with Body and Soul and Embracing the World: Praying for Justice and Peace

"Murray Finck has given us a tremendous gift!"
– The Rev. Clifford A Listug, PhD., pastor, Hope Lutheran Church, San Diego (ret.)

"At a time when our church and society at large are raising our awareness of the importance of maintaining our health as we age, this book offers a routine to stay limber and maintain a daily prayerful focus."
– The Rev. Diane Martinson-Koyama, Spiritual Care Coordinator for Kauai Hospice, Kauai, Hawaii

"Murray Finck understands the life of the spirit, and these devotional exercises are bound to help you live closer to God."
– Alan Loy McGinnis, author of The Friendship Factor

Table of Contents

A Word from the Author
Preparing for the Routine
Helpful Hints Before You Begin
Disclaimer and Caution

The Movements
On Your Feet
On Your Back
On Your Stomach
Six Postures of Prayer
Group Movement
Journal Pages