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Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food
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351 of 392 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2011
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This is not your typical diet. There are no quick fixes or easy answers to be found. Instead, Lysa Terkuerst takes a different tack. She talks about craving. She states (and I agree) that we were made to crave. The problem isn't with craving itself, but rather WHAT we crave. She is also very transparent about her own struggles with excess weight and low self-esteem. She doesn't claim to have all the answers and admits she still struggles. Lysa has a lot of good things to share. I agree that when it comes to losing weight, the biggest issue isn't knowing what to do. There are countless diet books to guide you. However, I know for me, the biggest issue is the want to. I would rather have quick fix. Pop a pill or try this diet. I want the benefits of losing weight without the discipline and hard-work it takes to make that a reality. Lysa discusses that topic in depth in the book. That and her discussion of emotional eating are two of this book's biggest strengths.

I like that Lysa points out that being overweight is more than just a physical battle and issue. It's a mental, emotional, and spiritual issue as well. I think that this is an element that is missing in many diet books. Lysa will hit you where it hurts and raise issues you may not want to think about.

However, I would be remiss if I didn't mention a couple of problems with this book as well. The diet that Lysa used to lose the excess weight is one that is extremely restrictive. No sugar, bread, rice, potatoes, corn, or pasta. I'm just not convinced that such a restrictive diet is healthy or sustainable long-term. I believe it is possible to get portions under control without such a restrictive diet. She is quick to suggest that such a restrictive diet isn't right for everyone. But it's the only diet discussed in the book. She fails to discuss less restrictive options. I know myself too well. I would never be able to completely cut sugar and starch out of my diet. I don't think I could maintain a diet like that short-term, much less for the rest of my life.

I also found it frustrating that Lysa is very rigid and legalistic about having something she is craving, such as a sweet, a baked good, or dessert. She makes a sound like a person who is trying to lose weight should never ever, have things like that again. It seems to me like she fails to see the difference between having one brownie, once in a while, and eating the entire pan in one sitting. . She trusts God to help her overcome her cravings and temptations, so why can't she employ the same faith and trust here? In my opinion, a lot of the problem isn't in WHAT we eat, but rather in how much. Lysa doesn't even discuss eating in moderation, and I wonder why. Even so-called healthy foods can cause you to gain weight if you eat too much of them. Calories are calories.

Overall, this is a good book, and I would highly recommend it. Lysa does have a lot of good and thought-provoking things to say.
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148 of 163 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2010
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I honestly bought this book mostly because I have followed Lysa for years, starting with her testimony about adoption. However, this book is written for anyone that not only has a struggle with weight, but also cooks for a family or just has a general struggle with feeling guilty over something ALL the time ~ like me. I wrote that this book creates a lose/lose situation, and here is what I mean. It can encourage you through scripture to lose weight and lose guilt...but what I didn't mention in my review title is this ~ the perspective and encouragement I GAINED from this read far outweighs the benefits of what I can lose. I was honestly in tears by the third chapter. I had never really realized how much not only I eat for reward and happiness, but I also subjected my family to this. My kids do something well..."Where do you want to go to eat?" or "What special meal do you want me to make you?" is always my first question. Wow. My husband and I are both dealing with the creeping on of weight, and I turn 40 in 2 1/2 months. This book could not have been put in my hands at a better time. What a great and gracious God we have! I pray as you open the pages of this book you will not expect a quick fix diet plan, because this is not it. This is the beginning of a journey...a journey to find out who you really are in God's eyes. Why we do the things we do. And how scripture can ALWAYS point us in the right direction. Lysa's insight into scripture is very revealing and refreshing. Blessings to you as you open this amazing tool for the beginning of the rest of your life!
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2011
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I've had the pleasure of leading 12 women in my church through this book and it's accompanying DVD & participant's manuals. We have two sessions left. Lysa's materials are definitely thought provoking, challenging, and empowering!! While not a diet plan, this book will help you conquer whatever thing in your life, whether food or not, that you turn to in times of stress, boredom, in need of comfort, etc. instead of turning to God first. The journey that the 13 of us are on has been wonderful. We are discussing going right through it a second time because there is so much to digest (no pun intended!). Lysa helps you accept who you are, but doesn't let you settle there. She reminds you that you were made to crave God. You have that same power in you that raised Jesus from the dead. You have the power to say "no" to anything that gets in the way of your relationship with Jesus Christ. We love being "Jesus girls" and we love Lysa's girlfriend style approach to teaching us how to be the best "Jesus girls" we can be!

I will also tell you, that as a women's ministry co-director and Bible study facilitator, I was hesitant to do this particular study. I thought it wouldn't be enough Bible for a "Bible study". Lysa does a wonderful job taking us throughout God's word.
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145 of 164 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2010
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This book is such an excellent read! It's like sitting down talking to a girlfriend. I just received the book 6 days ago and I only have 3 chapters left to read for my first run through. I am so excited about what is in the book that I can't put it down and I can't read it slowly yet. My husband is wishing that he got me a bedside table lamp for Christmas because I'm up late every night reading this book. I have discovered that the book not only helps women that are struggling with food, but struggling in other areas of life as well. I have used the scriptures that Lysa highlights to help me overcome other areas in my life that I was lacking in. I have also been using the practical advice and scriptures to help my brother that is having problems in his marriage. The focus of the book helps us to realize, no matter the issue we need to crave God! It's amazing how I have seen this book help in 2 areas of my life already and in the life my brother (I didn't tell him that I got the scriptures and advice from a girlie book). My doctors have been telling me that I am overweight for 3 years now and I knew that already, but I am making preparations to meet with a nutritionist soon, because I need hard core help. I look forward to my slowed down reread of this amazing book. I thank God that Lysa is open about what a lot of us girls go through. I think this would be amazing in a small group. We don't need to do this alone and what better way then with the girls? After all, we used to go eat with the girls.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2011
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AWESOME BOOK AND AWESOME AUTHOR!! Anyone struggling with any kind of cravings and it doesn't have to be just weight loss, this is the book for you. She tells her story, trials, and tribulations about how she has overcome and how we can all overcome and references it to the Bible. I love this book and will share it with everyone! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2010
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This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to develop a relationship with God while trying to lose weight. You are going to want to read this book over and over again. This isn't a book on how to lose weight. It's a book to grow closer to God while you are losing weight
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2011
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For 25 years I have lost and gained weight repeatedly. Got to the point that I was accepting I would always struggle with loving food. I didn't have the "want to" to change. 5 girlfriends wanted to try the Made To Crave book. It only took reading the intro to get me started. I've been praying for the "want to" along with reading the book & workbook, and I'm losing my love for food, and gaining more love for God! I would highly recommend this book if you are tired of the struggle with food or any addiction.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2011
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This book is not the next diet craze. The diet plan she mentioned she was on(and does not give great detail about) is not the point of the book.
It is not the beat all to end all obesity cure. The information in the book is nothing all that new, no shocking new concept to grasp.

The great thing about this book is Lysa's honesty and humor. She prompts us to change our way of thinking about food and more importantly how we depend on God.

I read the entire book. I have lost 45 lbs since the start. I will be at my goal weight in March. I do not credit this book for the weight loss, I credit the way God spoke to me through this book. Helping me find my "want to", and really grasp the math of how to lose weight.

You see the point is, no matter what we crave, be it food, men, or facebook, we need to consider God and God's will in all things. We can't just give God part of our life and hold on to one part of it for ourselves to handle, because obviously, that isn't working for us!
This book made me face the things I was keeping out of God's reach and hand them over to him. It made me think about God before going to the snack cupboard. To acknowledge how my craving was getting in the way of God's best for me. To help curb the negative self talk to see that "I was made for more".

If you are just looking to get thin, this isn't the book for you. But if you are looking to grow your relationship with God (and maybe get the motivation to get healthy in the process), I highly recommend this book.

I will also add that I read this book one chapter at a time, allowing a week to digest each chapter and prayerfully listen to what I was supposed to get from each chapter. I don't think you'll get as much out of it if you just breeze through it in a weekend.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2010
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Lysa completely engulfed herself in this one folks! It is a MUST read!

I have struggled with my weight for most of my life. A few months ago, I began a new eating plan that is working well for me, although I still had those horrible cravings. Lysa teaches you steps when to take when those horrible cravings start after you. I won't spoil the book for you here, but I can say . . . Lysa, Thank You SO Much for an INCREDIBLE book that is now a companion to my eating plan. I began using Lysa's suggestions after ONLY three chapters of the book . . . can't wait to completely finish the book in the next night or two and then I will read it again.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2011
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Being a 32 year old woman who is overweight, when the opportunity to review Made to Crave came across my email, I jumped up and down. I am a Christian woman and I (like the book says) know how to diet, it the want to diet that is where I struggle. Which is exactly where the book starts and discusses how if you want to do something will you make the sacrifices for that to happen.

Chapter One is entitled "What's Going on Here?" and I was laughing within moments. The book defines cravings and other phrases, and how they relate to God. How temptation comes from Satan and that from the beginning with Eve we have been tempted as men and women.

For me when I am craving something sweet I go straight for chocolate or when I need something salty I go right for the potato chips, however Lysa discusses how to replace cravings with praying and other healthier choices. I found this concept a little hard to swallow, but definitely put it into perspective an idea to try when I start wanting those foods that aren't good for me.

It was really nice that after each chapter there are personal reflection areas that really made me think about what I had just read and how to put those words into an action plan. Which segued into Chapter Three, Getting a Plan.

Fast forward to Chapter Eleven, Stinkin', Rotten, Horrible, No Good Day, and that about sums up a lot of my days here on Earth. I am one who eats when I am happy, but also eats when I am sad and have a lot going on in my life. This chapter hit home and I was engrossed the entire way through.

The book continued to talk about a lot of stuff that hit home, like over indulgence, emotional emptiness and why diets do not work. The end of the book goes in to sum up verses by chapter, which was nice because there were so many verses throughout the entire book that helped keep my attention.

Overall this book was a really good and quick read, however I didn't do all of the personal reflections, I just read it through so that I could write this review. I plan on doing a couple of things going forward.

1) I will read this book again and do all of the extra little research that goes along with it.

2) Share this with other Christian women who are looking to manage or lose weight.

3) Focus on the scriptures and how they apply to my everyday life.

This is a great read for anyone who is living a "normal" life and is overweight or has weight issues of any kind. It is well written and easy to read and understand and didn't use all kind of crazy big medical words or incorporate all kinds of crazy exercises for me to get the point on how to lose weight and feel better about myself.
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