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"Whether you're tired of being obsessed with your weight, are hungry for inner peace even more than you're hungry for food, or are desiring the freedom that comes with self-acceptance, Cravings will leave you satisfied."--Kate Wicker, Author of Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body


"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

About the Author

Mary DeTurris Poust is an author, columnist, journalist, speaker, and blogger who has written for dozens of Catholic and secular publications. She is the author of Walking Together, The Essential Guide to Catholic Prayer and the Mass, The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Catholic Catechism, and Parenting a Grieving Child. Poust was a senior correspondent and contributing editor for Our Sunday Visitor newspaper for fourteen years and is currently a daily contributor to Our Sunday Visitor's popular blog, OSV Daily Take. Her award-winning monthly column "Life Lines" has been published in Catholic New York since 2001. Poust also writes about family, faith, and the spiritual journey at her own blog, Not Strictly Spiritual. She has worked for the dioceses of Metuchen, New Jersey, and Austin, Texas, as well as the Archdiocese of New York, where she served as managing editor of Catholic New York. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and three children. Visit Poust online at marydeturrispoust.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press (December 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594713057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594713057
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cravings will leave you satisfied." This book addresses issues with food, low self-esteem,spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Shows you ways to improve your life with food and God. Prayer, mindfulness, and meditation are essential for all of us as we walk this path.

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:
Meditation
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.
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I thought, as I picked up my copy of Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God, by Mary DeTurris Poust, that it would be a pleasant read (the author is an impeccable writer) that I would then pass along to a few people (which I will) and then move on.

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.
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I heard about this book because Catholic mom bloggers like Kate Wicker and Elizabeth Foss posted about it. Here is what I liked about it: It is short, to the point, offering a Catholic spin to common types of weight-loss advice. For instance, there is the common piece of advice to learn to eat "just enough". Poust says Catholics have a reminder of this principle when we think about the Eucharist, with a small Host "just enough" to convey God's grace to us. She makes other really thought-provoking comparisons between the "family meal" we have at Mass and the family meals we should ideally be having at home.

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.
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A number of months back, I received a pleasant invitation to be interviewed by an author who was working on a book about food and faith. Since I love to talk food and faith, I happily obliged. I had never heard of Mary DeTurris Poust before, but she asked some great questions, and she certainly piqued my interest.

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.
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