Monday, October 22, 2012

Featuring Authors Julie Morris & Sarah Cherry

Laugh your way to a lighter you! Have fun with your friends and family while you lose the weight and the worries that weigh you down.  Guided By Him is light, easy and filled with humor, but its life-changing ideas are profound.

You and your daughter have designed a light and easy Christian weight-loss program called Guided By Him. How can losing weight be “light and easy”? 

We’ve discovered wonderful tools that make losing weight lighter and easier and we share them in Guided By Him ( Guided By Him is fun—and it’s funny. For example, some of our chapter titles are “Is Fudge My Fortress?” “Are Donuts my Bread of Life?” and “Do Broken Cookies Count?” You can work the program alone just by buying the book, but it’s much more fun to do it in a group—getting together with others who want to lose weight so you can laugh together and encourage each other.

Where did you learn how to help people to lose weight

I learned the hard way! I started dieting at age 8 and finally lost my weight at age 38 when I realized that diets don’t work. (It “only” took me 30 years to figure that out!) I had been hunting for the best way to lose weight—not realizing that it was sitting on my bedside table all along. The Bible offers amazing weight-loss instructions, and when I began applying them, I lost my harmful extra pounds and immediately began helping others to lose theirs.

Why did you write the book?   

A few years after I lost my weight, I wrote 9 books published by Abingdon Press in the Step Forward weight-loss series ( to help Christians to lose weight as I have--relying on God’s power instead of will power. Step Forward is a great program and is helping many people across the country and even in some foreign countries as well. But for several years my daughter Sarah Morris Cherry (a Licensed Professional Counselor) and I had been discussing how busy all of us are and how overwhelming it can be to try to lose weight, when we’re already stressed out. That’s what led us to design a light and easy weight-loss program that busy people can do by themselves or in a group setting. Guided By Him helps them to lose weight “the light-hearted way.”

What do you hope this book accomplishes?  

We have received e-mails from Austria to Australia confirming that Guided By Him has done what we prayed it would: lead readers to a thinner, no-so stressed-out lifestyle. Most of them say that, as a result of working the program, they have lost weight and gained a closer relationship with the Lord. Most also say that they have learned how to deal with stress better, pray more effectively and apply the Bible to their lives. In other words, they have learned how to be “guided by Him”!

Who (or what) is your greatest encourager when you write and why? 

Our readers are! Nothing brings us more joy than to see their lives change like our have. So many of them have lost their weight, grown in faith and seen God change their misery to ministry as a result of working the GBH program. 

How can readers connect with you

E-mail Julie Morris at, and Sarah Cherry at
or our website

Also check out other books Julie has written:
-Step Forward Series
-From Worry to Worship
-From Worthless to Worthy www.worthlesstoworthy

We love going around the country telling people how to lose the weight and worries that weigh them down. We have even devised a way to make our conferences a fund-raising event for churches.  Please let us know if you want to know more or have questions about starting your own Guided By Him group.

We will send a copy of Guided By Him to someone who makes the most interesting comment on this post.

 What genre is your book? Christian Living, Health

Author Julie Morris, R.N., and her daughter, Sarah Morris Cherry, L.P.C., have developed a way to Lose weight the lighthearted way!

Guided By Him is a 12-week Bible study/weight-loss program that is perfect for individual study, lunch breaks at work, friendly neighborhood get-togethers or small groups at church.

Filled with uplifting scriptures, thought-provoking questions, daily devotionals and fun-filled food facts, it helps readers keep a positive, light attitude toward learning a leaner lifestyle.  

About the Authors

Our authors are a mother and daughter team. Julie Morris, R.N., battled her extra pounds for over 30 years before finally losing them for good in 1982.  She is the author of 11 other books and the founder of the Step Forward Christian Weight-Loss Program, which has groups meeting across the country. Guided By Him contains many life-changing Step Forward ideas, but GBH is lighter and easier for today’s busy lifestyle.

Sarah Morris Cherry, M.Ed., L.P.C., is a family therapist. For over 10 years she has been helping overwhelmed overeaters discover how to lose weight and make other healthy lifestyle changes.

1 comment:

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