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"I've got great news for you," Varner's agent said, "A major publisher
wants to buy your manuscript!" That was good news. Varner had already exhausted
his savings during the two years it took him to write the book. He was
ready to cash a pay check. "There's only one catch," the agent continued,
"they want you to take out all the Christian stuff from the book."
Sam Varner left his successful practice as a personal trainer to write
his book, Slimmer, Younger, Stronger to bring his message of health to
the world. Top Olympic athletes like Picabo Street and Tommy Moe had already
benefitted from his help, but Sam had a passion to improve the lives of
everyone, not just the elite.
Varner had a choice to make. He could edit out his chapters on positive
thinking and prayer and cash a check for the huge advance they promised.
But in doing so, he would be selling out. Varner believes that good health
is a combination of proper breathing, drinking the right amount of water,
getting enough exercise, making good choices in the kinds of food we eat
and being spiritually fit. Taking Christ out of the program would compromise
what he believes.
When the long awaited call came from the editor assigned to his project,
Varner said "No thank you" to the publisher and turned down the money they
were ready to send him. He may of lost the book deal, but he kept his integrity
and knew that the God that gave him the passion to preach his message of
good health would provide a publisher for him. It was a dark day, a day
of testing, but a day that ushered in a stronger resolve and passion.
Last year, Varner's agent called him again. This time with better news.
Element Books wanted to make Slimmer, Younger, Stronger their lead book
in 2000 and wanted to release it in hardback in the United States, Great
Britain, Australia and Canada.
With his new book in hand, Varner is going on a National tour, sponsored
by the publisher, to promote his book and spread his message of good health
across the nation. All because of his passion, patience, and faith in God.