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Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God Paperback – December 17, 2012
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"This book opens a doorway to hope for anyone locked in a struggle with food. It is a refreshing guide to freedom in Christ."--Jeff Young, Podcast host of The Catholic Foodie
"Another excellent tool in Mother Church's hand to help feed God's children with what they crave most: truth, the food of saints!" --Rev. Leo Patalinghug, Author of Grace Before Meals
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At this point, most of us have tried everything but the one thing that can truly change us: God. When we shift our focus away from our false perceptions and onto the love poured out for us in the person of Jesus Christ, we begin to take those first steps away from the path of sel-hatred and self-destruction, out of the darkness and into the light of life.
Each chapter follows with questions to ask yourself and meditation. This is an example:
We are so willing to believe
the negative voices that echo
in our hearts abd head,
the labels that make us think
we can never be good enough,
the words that cut like glass.
But our God has called us by name.
Our God holds us, treasures us,
loves us without conditions.
Is that enough for us?
"Thank more and need less." This is a book for all to read and apply to your everyday life. I was given this book from Ave Maria Press.
After all, I do not have an eating disorder. I've only recently been able to gain weight. (Don't throw things. I can't help it.)
What I found, though, was not a book that was about recovering from an eating disorder. What I discovered within this book was a mindset that points to how disordered we are.
This book gave me a "Theology of the Body applied to life" sort of jolt. Everything we do with the physical impacts us spiritually. Without balance in eating--something we have to do, something we often want to do, but something we so often treat as incidental--we lose balance in much of the rest of our life, from how we relate to people to how we focus on God.
DeTurris Poust is a masterful journalist, and that's how she weaves interviews throughout this book in a way that's fascinating and inspiring. But she's also someone who's been there, who continues to struggle, and who has found a Catholic response.
What makes this book great is how DeTurris Poust bares her heart and shares her struggles. She's not the poster child for weight loss or being the perfect eating family.
She's a Catholic wife and mom who continues to struggle. She's a woman who has found peace...and it's not on the scale and, in fact, it doesn't even involve the scale.
The peace comes from a healthy relationship with that thing we do during so much of our waking time--eating.
This book isn't just wonderful for the theory it presents.Read more ›
Here is what I disliked about the book: Poust's perspective is primarily Christian BUT she draws often on the "wisdom" of Eastern religion. She speaks often of how she practices yoga, even how she once went on a yoga retreat, and she also cites New Age philosophers like Marianne Williamson. If you are like me, and you believe that there are dangers to dabbling in yoga, Eastern religion, and the New Age, you will want to be aware of Poust's interest in those views before you buy this book.
Shortly thereafter, I received an invitation from the publisher to read an advanced copy of the book and to write a blurb for marketing purposes. I agreed. I was genuinely interested in the book, but to be honest, I first approached the reading of it as "work."
I had no idea what was about to hit me.
Personally, reading CRAVINGS was a powerful experience for me. It is not often that I cry when reading a book, but I cried more than once while reading CRAVINGS. Why did I cry? Because the truth is beautiful. God is beautiful. I have been writing and speaking about food, faith, and family since 2008. I see connections in Scripture, in the liturgy, and in Catholic practice that can really help families to grow in faith and love around the family table. I get so excited when I meet other people who see the same thing. Mary definitely sees it.
I am convinced that CRAVINGS will be a pivotal point in the faith journeys of those who read it.
It took me by surprise, and it brought me joy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outstanding journey as to why we crave food and what we are really looking for.Published 6 months ago by M. Chase
The author gets to the "heart" of the matter. She is a talented writer and it appears she did much soul searching while writing this book. Beautiful!Published 6 months ago by Momacat
I found it to be very helpful. I'm planning to buy a hard copy to keep me on track.Published 11 months ago by Mary Dennis-Strathmeyer
A meditative and contemplative approach to eating. I enjoyed this book very much, especially the monastic elements and information. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
If we believe we are made by our Creator to be exactly who and what we are - nothing more, nothing less, nothing better, nothing worse - we can begin to let go of some of the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Reconciled To You
Eh.....same old, same old. I didn't find it informational or inspirational. I'm sorry that I didn't save my money for a bag of healthy fruits or vegetables!Published on May 2, 2014 by jem