Made to Crave, Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food by Lysa TerKheurst
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. 224 pages.
About the author:
Lysa TerKeurst is the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the author of twelve books (including a Gold Medallion finalist and a People's Choice Award finalist) and numerous magazine articles. She has told her remarkable life story on national television and radio, including Oprah and Good Morning America. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and five children.
What others are saying:
"TerKeurst has tapped into the mystery that has plagued so many of us who battle with the bulge. If you're tired of the endless diet cycle, read Made to Crave. I'm at my lowest weight in years!" — Mandisa
"In just six weeks I lost 17 pounds. But, the gain in my relationship with God has been far greater than my weight loss!" — Jane D.
"Because of this book I have made progress with reaching my goal of being a healthier person. I know I am now on the right track!" — Kirsten W.
Finding Your Beautiful (based on Chapter 8 of Made to Crave)
I have been listening this week to KLOVE on the radio and they have been featuring a daily discussion about a woman's (and some guys) tendency to look down on her/himself because he's/she's overweight, underweight, too skinny, too curvy, her (or his) nose is too big, too 'hooked', too wide.... you get the idea.
I personally over the years have been more unhappy with the way I look (didn't have this problem as a teen or a kid) . I love my height, my hair color, don't mind that I'm very fair skinned (I'm a red head - it goes with the territory), I don't have freckles (except on my arms), don't have a big booty and I'm not "big" on top (thank heavens). But I'm definitely curvy in all the places I don't want to be.
Lisa & Eric on KLOVE were talking about a seminar that Lisa took shortly after she got married and the speaker commented on how "we should put what we HATE on the alter and let God take care of it" - and it connected with me. Lisa said she put her big feet (boats as one of her classmates said when she was in school) on a piece of paper and then put that on the alter. Her husband put his "nose" on a paper and added that with hers. And they haven't fixated on that problem since.
So, I was thinking.... What would I put on the alter? You all know God doesn't make junk, right?
I'll start.... I am putting my Fibromyalgia on the alter. The same illness that makes me so extremely tired; the medication that helps with the pain, but not the tiredness; the financial stresses that don't help me with controlling my stress - maybe that's too much. So how about one thing? I am putting each day, each morning on the alter. It only takes one step at a time to get through that day - and My God is going to help me succeed.
Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name … and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:1–5)
What would you put on the alter? Hmmm? (Put it officially in your comment - write it & forget it)
More to read:
Finding My Beautiful
Made to Crave: