Running for a Higher Purpose

8 Steps to Spiritual and Physical Fitness

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Publication date: March 26, 2021

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What if you could improve your physical health while deepening your spiritual life? In Running for a Higher Purpose, Most Rev. Thomas John Paprocki, Catholic bishop of Springfield—a marathon runner and hockey player—shares how the simple discipline of running can help you unlock profound spiritual benefits.

Paprocki took up running as a teenager for his health; he ran his first marathon in his forties. Along the way he discovered that improving your physical health through running is a way to honor God and grow deeper in your spiritual life.

Perfect for those who want to try running for the first time as well as for more experienced runners who want to set goals for a new challenge, Running for a Higher Purpose offers eight steps to reach spiritual and physical fitness.

  1. Review – Review where you are.
  2. Reform – Identify how to improve.
  3. Resolve – Resolve to put change into effect.
  4. Repeat – Don’t quit.
  5. Renew – Renew your physical and spiritual wellness.
  6. Relax – Balance physical and spiritual exercise with the need to rest.
  7. Reward – Feel personal satisfaction and reward by achieving your goals.
  8. Rejoice – Integrating a sound mind in a sound body leads to eternal happiness.

Each chapter includes an inspirational quotation, a personal promise statement, and a prayer.

Product Details

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781646800452

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “The world is a better place because of this book.”

    “Jesus Christ gave us a great bucket list to complete: the Beatitudes. Bishop Paprocki's book Running for a Higher Purpose is an excellent and worthwhile read. It includes the 'Beatitudes of Running.' The world is a better place because of this book. It will help us get to heaven.”

    Patrick McCaskey
    Vice President
    Chicago Bears Football Club

  • “Bold witness.”

    “This wonderful book is filled with practical running guidance, nutritional advice, and—most importantly—faith exercise. Bishop Paprocki shows how running can improve our trust in Christ. Running for a Higher Purpose sets the stage for maximum spiritual growth which then fuels physical well-being.  This book inspires us to ‘make something beautiful for God’ as we run forward in faith.  High five for Bishop Paprocki's bold witness with fitness!”

    Angi Castle
    LIFE Runners

  • “A clear and inspiring book.”

    Running for a Higher Purpose spectacularly lays out the value of human activity not only for the body, but also for the soul. Having spent more than a dozen years working in the sphere of faith and athletics, I am grateful to Bishop Paprocki for writing such a clear and inspiring book on how we can and should connect the two. It is precisely the type of book that we need in the hands of every athlete, young and old.”

    Thomas Wurtz
    Founder and director of Varsity Catholic
    Author of Compete Inside

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