I found Made to Crave both refreshing and easy to read. Lysa TerKeurst writes in a way that makes you feel like you are having a conversation with your best friend, which makes her insights and thoughts and easier to accept and process.
She encourages readers to understand cravings and shows us that we ARE meant to crave... to crave God... Not to crave food. She also encourages us to understand what causes our cravings and to start redirecting our cravings into praying. She also uses both current day examples from life as well as scriptures from the Bible to reinforce what she is talking about.
The book has 19 chapters that flow from one topic to the next very nicely. Each chapter is written using examples and scriptures, and ends with a recap in the form of a Personal Reflections section where Lysa encourages readers to think through what they just learned by answering specific questions and sometimes referring back to scripture to help answer those questions/thoughts.
Most of all, I think that Lysa has given readers (at least this reader) more ways to turn destructive actions and thoughts (like craving chocolate and thinking about the things about myself that I'm not happy with) around, with the help and guidance from scriptures, prayer and God, giving me a new mind-set and outlook.
by Lysa TerKeurst
Zondervan (December 14, 2010) ~ 224 pages
Non-Fiction / Religion / Self-Help / Health & Lifestyle (Inspirational)
Edition Reviewed: Paperback - Review copy received courtesy of the publisher and LitFuse Publicity, many thanks for sending me a copy to review for this tour!
About the Book:
Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman's desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. The reality is we were made to crave. Craving isn't a bad thing. But we must realize God created us to crave more of him. Many of us have misplaced that craving by overindulging in physical pleasures instead of lasting spiritual satisfaction. If you are struggling with unhealthy eating habits, you can break the 'I'll start again Monday' cycle, and start feeling good about yourself today. Learn to stop beating yourself up over the numbers on the scale. Discover that your weight loss struggle isn't a curse but rather a blessing in the making, and replace justifications that lead to diet failure with empowering go-to scripts that lead to victory. You can reach your healthy weight goal -- and grow closer to God in the process. This is not a how-to book. This is not the latest and greatest dieting plan. This book is the necessary companion for you to use alongside whatever healthy lifestyle plan you choose. This is a book and Bible study to help you find the 'want to' in making healthy lifestyle choices.
For more information visit Lysa TerKeurst's website here.
Lysa TerKeurst is an author and speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa lysaprofilepicturehas led thousands to make their walk with God an invigorating journey.
Lysa wrote the book Made To Crave from the perspective of a woman who has never craved a carrot stick in her whole life. Having struggled with her weight her whole adult life, Lysa knows what it feels like to be in the vicious cycle of gaining and losing, but never feeling at peace in her struggle. Everything changed when Lysa decided to have her deepest desire met by God not food. Now, armed with the spiritual motivation she gained in her own journey, she is inspiring others to find lasting victory.
As a nationally known speaker, Lysa has been passionately teaching women God’s truths for years. Lysa’s personal adventures of following God led to appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The 700 Club, USA Today newspaper, Woman’s Day magazine, and Focus on the Family radio.
Today, Lysa and her ministry team at Proverbs 31 Ministries encourage more than 375,000 women through their daily online devotional. In addition, she co-hosts a 1-minute inspirational radio program aired on more than 1,200 stations around the world. Plus, she touches hearts through their monthly magazine, P31 Woman. Lysa’s blog averages over 70,000 avid readers per month. She is the award-winning author of 14 books, including her newest releases, Made to Crave and Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl. Other noteworthy books include What Happens When Woman Say Yes to God, What Happens When Women Walk in Faith, Capture His Heart, and Capture Her Heart. Visit Lysa's website for more info and to visit her blog! http://lysaterkeurst.com
Win a brand new KINDLE from Lysa Terkeurst during the Made To Crave KINDLE Giveaway!
To celebrate the release of Made to Crave and the MTC Small Group DVD Study Set, Lysa is giving away a KINDLE prize package worth over $175.00! To enter just click on one of the icons below! One winner will receive:
- A brand new Kindle with Wi-Fi & the New E Ink Pearl Screen
- KINDLE editions of Lysa’s Made to Crave and Becoming More Than A Good Girl
Lysa will be announcing the winner of the Made to Crave KINDLE Giveaway on February 8th during the Made To Crave Party on Facebook!
During the party Lysa will chat with guests, host a trivia contest or two, and give away lots of other fun prizes (copies of Lysa’s other books and Amazon.com, iTunes &
Starbucks gift certificates) – including a live Author Chat with Lysa for your small group!
Don’t miss the fun! Lysa is looking forward to learning more about you – so be sure to stop by Lysa's Facebook Author Page on February 8th at 5:00 PM PST (6 PM MST, 7 PM CST, & 8 PM EST).
*Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate