Gifts of Health & Wellness Part 3

I’ve always loved reading! So it’s no surprise that, in this 3rd segment on sharing seasonal gifts that respect our health, I am recommending two of my favorite books. They are both listed on this site under the Books section of the Resources tab. I’m kind of getting the cart before the horse by recommending one that I haven’t yet written a post about, but I can’t get to that in time to be feasible for this holiday season.

Books: A Minute of Margin and Being Mortal
Both of these books are amazing, and have been very influential on my thinking and approach to life. Available at

Earlier I did a post on A Minute of Margin, so you can learn more about this book there. As I write this I am currently reading it for the second time. It is very thought-provoking, and I typically will read one 2-page reflection in a sitting. I make it part of my morning devotional time when I don’t have to leave the house by 7 a.m. to be at work.

As mentioned, I haven’t yet done a post on Being Mortal, but I didn’t want that to be the obstacle to recommending it. This book has impressed me so much that I am not only re-reading it, but also creating an adult Sunday School program based on it for our church. Dr. Gawande is incredibly transparent and insightful in sharing his perspectives on health care, medicine, and dying. This is not a light, easy read; yet his use of stories to punctuate his points keeps the book captivating and equally thought-provoking. He is passionate in his plea that people embrace their mortality as enthusiastically as their humanity. I truly do believe that this is one book every person being should read. And re-read.

So there you have it. I hope you’ll consider these as gifts for others, or perhaps yourself!

Wishing you health and joy,


Published by Colleen Murphy Whiteford

I am a physiotherapist, graduate of Saint Louis University Class of 1984. I married my best friend and business partner, Bill, who is also a physiotherapist, in 1988. We have worked together all these years - an example of God's grace! Together we started Appalachian Physical Therapy which continues to thrive. I am a big believer in the power of touch, the manual therapies, and treating holistically. There are many alternatives to medications, surgeries, and testing, but people are often uninformed. My perspective emphasizes the role of the connective tissues including the fascia. Lack of attention to this structure is the source of many physical ailments - our bodies are truly fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139)! I am passionate about helping people of all ages and diagnoses maximize their health, and empowering them to understand their role in management and prevention of problems.

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