Registered Dietitian, Masters in Nutrition, University Instructor Foods and Nutrition 5 years
Gwen Shamblin was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, with a strong faith and foundational values. She grew up with a medical background, making rounds with her belated father, Walter Henley, M.D., who was a General Surgeon. She received her undergraduate degree in Dietetics and Masters Degree in Nutrition with an emphasis in Biochemistry from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Mrs. Shamblin was an Instructor of Foods and Nutrition at the University of Memphis for five years, and she worked with the city's Health Department for an additional five years, helping specifically in the areas of overweight, obesity, pregnancy, and child health.
A very spiritual person with a strong faith in God, Ms. Shamblin felt led to found The Weigh Down Workshop in 1986, in order to teach these principles to those who were desperately seeking to lose weight permanently. Initially offered through audiotapes and small classes taught by Mrs. Shamblin in a retail setting, this teaching began yielding unprecedented results. Participants were not only losing their weight while eating regular foods, but they were using the same Bible-based principles to turn away from other addictions such as smoking or alcohol abuse.
By 1992, word had begun to spread about Weigh Down, and churches from all over the country asked if they could host Weigh Down seminars for their church members. The program was packaged for seminar use, churches began to sign up, and the media began to pay attention. The growth was explosive. By the late 1990s, Weigh Down was internationally known in most Protestant, Catholic, and Evangelical churches. Gwen Shamblin and The Weigh Down Workshop was featured on such shows as 20/20, Larry King Live, and The View, as well as in such magazines as Good Housekeeping and Woman's Day. In 1997, Mrs. Shamblin responded to the nation's request to offer the Weigh Down principles in book format, and The Weigh Down Diet was published by Doubleday, Inc. The book quickly became a million-seller as people discovered the secrets to losing weight quickly and permanently while finding a new relationship with God.
Feeling led to go even further in helping others to live fully for God, in 1999, Gwen Shamblin, along with other individuals who shared her passion for God, founded Remnant Fellowship Church. Remnant Fellowship Churches are now found in over 100 cites worldwide where members hear convicting and encouraging messages of the importance of putting God and His will first in your life. Twice-weekly church services are webcast live from the original Remnant Fellowship church located outside Nashville, Tennessee, built using her own personally donated funds.
The dream of helping people turn away from the love of food and toward a love of God has turned into a ministry. Through Remnant Fellowship and the Weigh Down Workshop seminars, hundreds of people are helped daily as they break away from the pain of obesity and other addictive substance or destructive behaviors. Mrs. Shamblin is continually producing new materials for both the church and the Weigh Down Workshop, yet she takes no salary for her efforts. Funds that are received through the sale of Weigh Down products and seminar fees or through donations to the church are used to support each respectively in order to help hurting people of every nationality discover the love of God that can set them free.
The Longer I Live...
The longer I live, the more I am sure that all of the facts that surround a person are of no value without this...there is nothing worth knowing or imitating more about someone than their deep love for God and for others. Remember that the words of this book encourage you to imitate those who imitate Jesus Christ. I value my time with the prisoners, the children and the gentle. I know there is more to go to have the characteristics of Christ.
I recently told my granddaughter Gracie that for her to graduate from school, the world will have one set of hurdles for her to jump over; however, I will have another…I will ask all of her siblings and cousins this simple yet telling question...Do you know that Gracie loves you? If all the siblings and cousins answer "yes," then she can graduate in my book.
I absolutely cannot believe the gift of the children and grandchildren, and we now live across the street from each other, which has turned out to be an incredible blessing for me. I have much love for the grandchildren and have given each a special name...Gracie my love, Gweneth my twinkle light, Garland my dove, Gabriele my angel prayer warrior, Gloria my sunshine, Gates my pearl (Pearly Gates), and Charles Grantham...nickname yet to come! I spend much of my time talking to them about God and teaching them how to love...but learning from their pure love.
I sincerely want to thank my children, Michael and his wife Elle, Elizabeth and her husband Brandon. They could be working anywhere and doing anything but they have chosen humbly to work every day for God and His Kingdom.
My highest joy is God’s Kingdom, and I am amazed as He unfolds the New Jerusalem - The Kingdom of God in the heart. Every day is an adventure and Heaven becomes more inviting with every year.
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