Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Made To Crave

All it took was for me to see Lysa TerKeurts's name for me to jump on board with this book.  I had the privilege of hearing her speak a number of years ago at a Proverbs 31 Ministries event and a lot of what she had to say that day has stuck with me in a very positive way.

Her newest book, Made To Crave, is for the woman searching for a way out of the double-fisted food-to-face routine and is written with a lot of heart and personality...which is all Lysa, all the way.  From her ability to use the humor that comes from hindsight (like admitting that she would take the ponytail holder out of the hair before weighing in...cuz you know how much weight they carry!!) to her realistic, head-on approach to the Word and it's application in my life, I found myself relating to this woman as if she was sitting in my living room, sharing a cup of hot tea with me...not as a "writer" but as a girlfriend who understands where I've been in life.

While our relationship to food is the main thrust of Made To Crave, Lysa works hard to help women to realize that the cravings we feel inside are not "bad", but rather the impulse that we have been given by our Creator.  Born with a God-sized hole, we long to be filled and have our cravings filled...but living in a sin-filled world, we are often led astray in how we fill what longs...leaving us hungry, searching and (in my case) locked in a battle with food that leaves us feeling helpless to get out of it.

For me, on a personal note (as this is my blog and all)...I found a freedom with God that I haven't known in a long time.  As I read thru the experiences, feelings and Truth of what Lysa had to say, it dawned on me that I am "made for more" than where I am...that He didn't make me battle in my mind over how much is too much nor did He intend me spend so much time hating how I look...how I feel...or how I just can't seem to stop.  In realizing the Truth of who I am because I am His...I have been able to accept the plan He has for me in regard to how I let go and am willing to believe that I am worth fighting for in this area.  I am highly grateful for her willingness to be transparent with all us women...and for God's placement of Lysa's book in my hand.

For any woman searching for help with food...for understanding on what it means to love the Lord with all she is...for willingness to just step awaaaay from the donut, this is a book I would recommend with all my heart.

Book Cover Information:
Just because a woman finally fits into her skinny jeans doesn't mean she's won her battle with food. Too often, women overlook the spiritual component to their physical struggle with healthy eating. Made to Crave taps into the desires God gave you to consume food without letting food consume you!
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. Companion Bible study DVD set also available. http://madetocrave.org/purchase-resources/

DVD Series Info:
If you want to maximize your experience and bring these teachings to life in a way you’ll never forget, you’ll want to order the full set of resources. Adding the DVD teaching series and the workbook will motivate you to get healthy without feeling deprived, lose the weight in a permanent way, and find the peace your body, mind and soul desires. This DVD study can be done in a group or by yourself.  The Bundle is only available through Proverbs 31 Ministries, so click here to order! http://madetocrave.org/purchase-resources/

About The Author:
Lysa TerKeurst is an author and speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa has led thousands to make their walk with God an invigorating journey.
Lysa wrote the book Made to Crave from the perspective of a woman who has never craved a carrot stick in her whole life. Having struggled with her weight her whole adult life, Lysa knows what it feels like to be in the vicious cycle of gaining and losing, but never feeling at peace in her struggle. Everything changed when Lysa decided to have her deepest desire met by God not food. Now, armed with the spiritual motivation she gained in her own journey, she is inspiring others to find lasting victory.
As a nationally known speaker, Lysa has been passionately teaching women God’s truths for years. Lysa’s personal adventures of following God led to appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The 700 Club, USA Today newspaper, Woman’s Day magazine, and Focus on the Family radio.
Today, Lysa and her ministry team at Proverbs 31 Ministries encourage more than 375,000 women through their daily online devotional. In addition, she co-hosts a 1-minute inspirational radio program aired on more than 1,200 stations around the world. Plus, she touches hearts through their monthly magazine, P31 Woman. Lysa’s blog averages over 70,000 avid readers per month. She is the award-winning author of 14 books, including her newest releases, Made to Crave and Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl. Other noteworthy books include What Happens When Woman Say Yes to God, What Happens When Women Walk in Faith, Capture His Heart, and Capture Her Heart. Visit Lysa's website for more info and to visit her blog! http://lysaterkeurst.com

**Litfuse Publicity Group provided me this book for review purposes & is allowing me to keep this title once finished. I get no other compensation...other than the chance to fill my heart and soul with an excellent read. :) **

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