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Renew Thy Youth Like The Eagle
by Robert Collier

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Modern science has made huge strides in the treatment of disease. It has discovered a host of drugs which are said to assist Nature in remedy­ing all manner of physical disorders. But for every disease that modern science seems to eradicate, a new one springs up, until the great need of the day appears to be . . . NOT medi­cines to CURE disease . . . but methods of building strong bodies, mighty bodies, that shall be IMMUNE to disease. In this book you will learn how to co-operate with Nature in the building of a strong immune system that will ward off all disease, renew youthful vigor, and prolong life.   m 

In this very hard to find book from 1942, Robert Collier provides the reader with some very practical methods, including breathing and posture exercises, that will help build up the body's natural immune system and slow down the aging process.                                              

Renew Thy Youth Like the Eagle!

"Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's." — Ps. 103:5

Most people seem to think that the Bible was written for religious instruction only, that it is something far removed from their ordinary, work-a-day lives.

But what are the facts?

The early Scriptures are primarily the chron­icles of a people, meant first and foremost to preserve for them those experiences and those discoveries that would help them in overcoming the difficulties and dangers of their primitive existence.

They tell of mighty men, and how one may become great and strong by doing as they did. They list some of the foods which they found most healthful, they give the sanitary laws which seemed to them of greatest value. And over and above all, they give the moral code that all should live by, and the methods by which one might count upon the help of Jehovah in time of need.

"Search ye the Scriptures," we are told, "for in them ye find the words of eternal life."

Much of our modern health regulations and medical practice was foreshadowed by the Mo­saic Law.

The Bible is the Log Book of Experience. Through thousands of years, the wise men of old handed down the things they learned which might be most helpful to posterity. How else would you interpret this passage from Deute­ronomy?

"Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall COMMAND your children to observe to do. For this is not a vain thing for you, because IT IS YOUR LIFE (your health): and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land."

What loomed up as of greatest importance to primitive man? Health, strength, did it not? So we may well expect to find in the Scriptures the methods which, in the experience of the sages of old, were best calculated to produce strong men, mighty men, men who retained their vigor and youthfulness to a great age.

You see the promise of this running as a thread all through the Scriptures. "As thy days, so shall thy strength be," we are assured in Deuteronomy. And again in the same book it is chronicled: "And Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet was not his eyes dim, nor his natural force abated."

So sure did Moses feel that his teachings were right, so confident was he of results, that he dared offer this guarantee:

"HEREBY YE SHALL KNOW THAT THE LORD HATH SENT ME: If these men (who obey me) die the common death of all men (in the prime of life), or if they be visited after the visitation of all men (stricken with divers ailments and diseases); THEN THE LORD HATH NOT SENT ME."

Go back over all the heroic figures in the Bible, and what trait do you find most common among all of them?

They were mighty men, strong men, healthy men, and unless cut down by violence, men who lived to great ages. "There were giants in the earth in those days," we are told in Genesis, "and also after that, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children unto them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown."

Men of renown . . . go back over the list and see how many were strong men as well—Sam­son, Moses, Joshua, Saul, David, the Maccabees, John the Baptist, and a host of others. It was said of Saul—"Saul, a choice young man and a goodly; from his shoulders and upwards, he was higher than any of the people." And of David—"He was ruddy, withal of a beautiful counte­nance and goodly to look to."

But how about the greatest of them all? How about Jesus? Does He conform to this picture? Most of the pictures we have of Him depict Him as weak and ascetic looking. If the purpose of the Old Testament was largely to show men how to build up mighty bodies, strong, healthy physiques, how is it that He, who knew that Old Testament so well, should be pictured to us as a weak and anaemic-looking figure?


To get the real background of Jesus, it is necessary to remember that the Roman soldier of the pre-Christian era was a rough lot. He had conquered the world, and he knew no law but force. He feared neither God nor man, and the only thing he revered was strength and power.

Yet it is written that when the Roman sol­diers were first sent out against Jesus, they returned empty-handed, awed by his stature and bearing. It was said of Him that He could be seen afar off, towering head and shoulders above the crowds around him.

Even in the Garden of Gethsemane, the sol­diers sent to seize Him drew back on finding Him, so cowed that they were ready to flee. Pilate was lost in admiration at His stature and presence, so much so that he presented Him to the multitude with the highest words of praise a Roman could offer—"Behold a MAN!"

Artists and religious teachers have been fond of picturing Jesus as weak and ascetic, as a "Man of Sorrows." That is the idea of Jesus that most people have. That is the idea of Him that many teachers have fostered. But it is not the idea of Him that a careful reading of the Gospels will give you.

A physical-weakling? Anaemic? Ascetic? Jesus worked as a carpenter until He was 30 years of age. He wielded an adze and pushed a plane in days when there were no sawmills to cut up the lumber, when every bit of work from chopping down the tree to raising the timbers of the house had to be done by hand. Tools were few in those days, and sheer strength took the place of winches and pulleys. Could a weakling have done such work?

Jesus single-handed chased the hucksters and the money-lenders from the Temple, scourging them as they went. Would any crowd of usurers and push-cart men that you have seen run from any but a giant among men?

A "Man of Sorrows"? He made people happy wherever He went. The sick, the poor, the sor­rowful, all flocked to Him and were sent away happy. Little children loved Him—and were joyous and happy with Him. He was the most popular dinner guest in Jerusalem.

Jesus was a Man among men, one who tow­ered over all about Him, one who commanded respect and awe from His very presence. He sat in a boat on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, and made Himself heard over the lapping of the waves and the noise of the crowd, even by 5,000 people. Anyone who has tried to make himself heard by a few hundred people outdoors knows what strength and resonance of voice that required.

Of all those who lived upon this earth, I think we may safely assume that Jesus had the most commanding stature, the most perfect build, vi­tality and strength equaled by none.

There is in the Vatican Library in Rome a description of Jesus said to have been written to a friend by a Roman Pro-Consul who had seen Him often:

"His fair hair is long, flowing down to the ears and thence to His shoulders. It is slightly crisped and curled, parted in the middle and falling on either side as is the custom of a Nazarene. His cheeks are somewhat rosy, the nose and mouth well shaped, the beard is thick and is the color of a ripe hazel nut; it is short and parted in the middle.

"His looks reveal both wisdom and candor. His blue eyes at times flash with sudden fire.

"This Man, usually so gentle in conversation, becomes terrible when He reprimands, but even at such times there seems to emanate from His Person a safe serenity . . . His voice is grave, reserved and modest. He is as handsome as a man can be. He is called Jesus, the Son of Mary."­

Sir Edwin Arnold describes Him:

 "Straight-standing like a palm-tree; hands and limbs

 So molded that the noblest copy them:

Among the Sons of Men fairest and first."

"I came that ye might have LIFE," Jesus assured us, "and have it more abundantly." Doesn't that mean greater health and strength, length of days and the capacity to enjoy them to the full?

Like the earlier Scriptures, the teachings of Jesus were meant to improve our physical well-being as well as our spiritual. And who under­stood those physical laws as well as the One who by His mere touch was able to cure all manner of diseases?

But remember how often He warned those He cured—"Go and sin no more." In other words, transgress no more against the laws of health.

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