Saturday, March 16, 2013

Made to Crave (Lysa Terkeurst)

I first heard of Made to Crave when it was released in 2010. I tried to read it and simply didn't relate to Lysa. I couldn't  finish the book. Last year our PWOC did the Made To Crave study with the DVD sessions and I heard good things about it.  Our PWOC Book Club also selected it and I read the book - and found it "good and interesting," but it didn't really change much in my life. 

After my Daniel Fast, reading Every Body Matters and Eat to Live, I was looking around for more of a spiritual focus on my journey. I ordered the DVD sessions and participant guide and worked through it again. I loved it. ::snort::  I found it to be reinforcing spiritual truths which I'd already heard from Abba and journaled...but I needed that support at that time in my battle against food addiction. I found it interesting to read Every Body Matters and Made to Crave and see how both really reach the same conclusion but approach it so differently. Lysa is more "emotional," more girly....Gary is more cerebral and pulls in much more Scripture and church history. I think men would most relate to Every Body Matters and maybe most women would relate better to Made to Crave. Personally, MTC is an easier read; EBM interested me more...the points were sharper and clearer to me....and then the MTC appealed when I read it the second time. LOL Could be where I was in life. 

From Amazon: 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 health 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.

My two main takeaways from this book were: 
  1. I can choose to feel deprived or empowered! This was huge for me. There are obviously health benefits for me to consider when choosing not to eat a variety of things I love....I didn't want to spend the next 30 years healthy yet feeling deprived! 
  2. Obedience - there comes a point when the numbers on the scale aren't dropping as fast - at that point - will I still be obedient? Will I work through the set backs? I've currently not really dropped much in months....and yes, I will continue to be obedient to what He showed me in the past when the pounds were melting away. LOL 
You can read more about  my journey at the "Following to Freedom" tab above.
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©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...


Anonymous said...

I have heard many good things about this book - and have seen others with good results! Guess it's time for me to check it out as well. Clean eating, emotional health, ahh the goals of my current journey.

Kristine said...

While I love Lysa's quick radio encouragements and her FB posts, I also have not related to her books. So disappointing to me!

Linda said...

I think the Gary Thomas books looks more for me (won't be the first time I've come down on the male side of an issue - left-brained, detail-oriented, etc.) :)