- Paperback: 218 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; unknown edition (December 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031029326X
- ISBN-13: 978-0310293262
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1,355 customer reviews
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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.
About the Author
Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times bestselling author of Uninvited and The Best Yes. She writes from her sticky farm table and lives with her family in North Carolina. Connect with her at www.LysaTerKeurst.com.
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When I read self-help books (I categorize anything that makes me work on myself to grow and become a better me as self-help), I'm always faced with whether or not I'm going to put the things I read and learn about into practice in my life. And I've found that working on myself is not easy. I've been on this earth for 26 years and I've developed quite a lot of habits in that time. Habits as we all know can be extremely difficult to break. And while I've been on a journey to a healthier me that has had highs and lows since 2007, I've made progress, lost weight, gotten to a place where all of my numbers (blood sugar, cholesterol, iron, etc) looked great, then gained the weight back plus some, then started the process all over again. I'm not to my goal yet, but this process is never quick, and it's never easy. And food habits that have been developing for several years have been the major cause of me not reaching reaching my goal.
But this book, Made to Crave, was a real eye opener for me. In all of the years of my journey, I've never handed this problem over to God. I've prayed about it (some), but I've never taken it to the level that Lysa TerKeurst takes it to in this book. Many people avoid anything to do with religion and God these days, but she points out that studies show that willpower alone is not enough to win this battle. And some people will read this book and feel like she's taken this idea of handing our addictions to food over to God too far. But for me, that's just not possible.
When I first started Made to Crave, I was in a place where my "want to" had taken a leave of absence. After 10 months of exercising at least 5 days a week consistently and seeing little to no results, I found myself in a place where I just didn't want to try anymore. But my problem with this journey has always been food. I've always been willing to work out as much as necessary, but I want to eat whatever I want. Most experts that I've read (Chalene Johnson, Jillian Michaels, etc) will tell you than 80% of weight loss comes from healthy food choices and 20% comes from exercise. Despite intellectually knowing this fact, I still pursue the foods that I crave and hope to work them all off with exercise.
But as I said before, Lysa TerKeurst takes this food thing to a whole new level--a spiritual level. She gave me hope that my "want to" can be fixed again, but I'll need some help on my journey. This is one of those books that has so much in it that I know I'm going to have to give it a re-read--possibly several re-reads. I cannot even begin to express to you how much this book has changed my thinking on food and the way I approach food.
If you struggle with healthy food choices and you need help on your journey to a healthier you, I highly recommend this read to you. Be forewarned, this book focuses on your spiritual relationship with God as a means to conquering your food addictions. This is a spiritually journey just as much as, if not more than, a physical one. Lysa TerKeurst brought a whole new way of thinking to light for me that I will never be able to forget. Now that I know how much my relationship with food reflects my relationship with my Abba Father, I can't continue to live life ignorant of this. Made to Crave is not going to be the book for everyone, but it's definitely one for me.
5 stars for Made to Crave. Have you read Made to Crave? If so, what did you think? Let me know!
I would recommend this book to EVERYONE that's having a hard time with weight issues.
saying and she gave me good Biblical tools to help with my change of mindset. It's also a book I can go
back to and refresh and restart when I fall off the wagon. It opened my eyes to some things I didn't realize
were working against me.