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In this six-session small group Bible study (guide sold separately), New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst helps women understand how cravings for lasting spiritual satisfaction are often mistaken for cravings for food.According to Lysa, craving isn’t a bad thing. But the challenge is to realize God created us to crave so we’d ultimately desire more of Him in ouIn this six-session small group Bible study (guide sold separately), New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst helps women understand how cravings for lasting spiritual satisfaction are often mistaken for cravings for food.According to Lysa, craving isn’t a bad thing. But the challenge is to realize God created us to crave so we’d ultimately desire more of Him in our lives, not more food. Many of us have misplaced that craving, and overindulge in physical pleasures instead of lasting spiritual satisfaction.If you or someone you know is struggling with unhealthy eating habits, Made to Crave will help:Break the “I’ll start again Monday cycle” and start feeling good about yourself today Stop beating yourself up over the numbers on the scale and make peace with the body you’ve been given Discover how weight loss struggles aren’t a curse but, rather, a blessing in the making Replace justifications that lead to diet failure with empowering go-to scripts that lead to victoryEat healthy without feeling deprived Reach a healthy weight goal while growing closer to God through the processSessions include:From Deprivation to EmpowermentFrom Desperation to DeterminationFrom Guilt to Peace From Triggers to Truth From Permissible to Beneficial From Consumed to CourageousBonus session: Moving the MountainDesigned for use with the Made to Crave Participant's Guide (sold separately)....

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Made to Crave Video Study: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food Reviews

  • Kristin
    2018-08-31 13:04

    There were a lot of things that I found problematic in this book, but the most important one is this: TerKeurst makes weight loss a spiritual journey in which the dieter grows closer to God by denying themselves (certain) foods. There is nothing wrong with turning to God in prayer for help in achieving a goal, nor is there anything wrong with denying oneself something for spiritual purposes--like fasting. But I think there is a danger in trying to put those two things together. Fasting isn't about weight loss and failing on a diet doesn't mean the dieter lacks faith in God. And, of course, it completely ignores the fact that weight gain isn't only a function of emotional eating (which is the only mechanism for weight gain that TerKeurst acknowledges). People gain weight for lots of reasons and not all of them have to do with the number of calories eaten. The book wasn't all bad. TerKeurst does a really good job of emphasizing that losing weight will not solve all the other problems in people's lives. If someone isn't happy right now, they need to work on that first (or at least at the same time). She has a nice conversational writing style that makes the book quick and easy to read, and she does a great job sharing her own personal struggles in a genuine and meaningful way. She also has many moments where she starts out saying something that is really helpful, but then she slides back into one of her more problematic themes. Throughout the book, TerKeurst claims Satan tempts dieters to eat unhealthy foods. Since eating those foods isn't actually a sin, she ties it to her belief that weight loss is a spiritual journey, so Satan tempts you with Oreos to destroy the special relationship you'll develop with God if you keep losing weight. Towards the end of the book she actually talks briefly about the fact that junk food is made to be addictive, but then she went right back to tying one's desire to eat it with temptation from Satan. If Satan is playing a role here, it seems to me that role would be in the greed demonstrated by the companies who intentionally create food that is not only nutritionally void, but also incredibly unhealthy. And then they compound that by doing everything in their power to make sure customers actually become addicted to their products. Satan isn't tempting dieters (and others) to eat some McDonald's french fries; McDonald's is doing that with chemicals added to the product to give it an enticing aroma everyone can smell from inside their car as they are driving past.Several reviewers have discussed their annoyance with her repeated referral to herself as a "Jesus Girl". There is a lot of high school cheerleader-esque vocabulary in this book, but I didn't find that nearly as bothersome as her frequent comparisons between weight-loss and sexual purity. Just like girls need to be extra vigilant to preserve their purity on prom night, dieters need to be extra vigilant around Oreos. Seriously. That is creepy on so many levels. I also think she really misses out on the opportunity to point out that the best foods for health are those which God provides. Whole, natural, unprocessed foods are what will keep people healthy--not chemical junk food creations, heavily processed packaged foods, genetically modified foods, or antibiotic and hormone laden CAFO meats and dairy products. But all of these other problems are minor in comparison with the first. Conflating weight loss success with one's relationship with God is extremely dangerous in light of the fact that well over 90% of people who lose weight gain it back within a few years. Other Christian writers who have tried this in the past have later recanted. It's too bad TerKeurst didn't learn from their example.

  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    2018-09-14 18:06

    This book was encouraging to me, as a mother-of-two who, let's face it, doesn't have the body she graduated high school with anymore ;) I think that anyone who struggles with food-based temptations and/or weight struggles who wants to perhaps get to the deeper rooted issues will enjoy this book. Not ground-breaking by any means, but still a good read :)

  • Lori Henrich
    2018-08-26 14:08

    I loved this book. I have been struggling with weight like thousands of other people, and like thousands of other people of have tried many things. I would lose weight and then gain it back. If you struggle with weight and are a Christian this book will open your eyes to a new way of looking at food and how you can change your life from wanting food to wanting to be closer to God. I am not on a diet, I am on a spiritual journey. What a wonderful concept. Lysa TerKeurst takes you on a walk through her journey to lose weight and to become a "Jesus girl". The scriptures she shares show that God is concerned with what we put in our bodies and that His word and prayer can help you change the way you look at food. There are helpful tools within its pages to show you how to figure out what your triggers and ways to counter act those triggers.This book isn't just about losing weight and eating healthy. It is about filling those areas in our lives that lead us to food instead of to the Lord who can fill those empty areas in our lives that we might not even realize that we have.A thought provoking look at become healthier both physically and spiritually.THANKS LYSA!!!

  • Kate
    2018-09-02 16:48

    I have never thought of my battle with weight as something I needed to turn over to God but after reading this book it has all made sense to me. If I knew someone who was struggling with an alcohol addiction or drug addiction I would be able to point them to multiple Bible verses where God tells us that we can't fight the addiction in our own power but we can overcome the bondage of the addiction through the power that the Lord gives us. Food to me is just as strong of an addiction. I am so excited to stop struggling with this in my own power but turn to God to be victorious. I know it will be a book I have to read and re-read over and over again but I am empowered now instead of defeated.

  • Emily Cook
    2018-08-31 15:03

    This was an interesting and inspiring read, but discernment is essential. The underlying theology is one of glory, arguably at the expense of the cross.Summary andfavorite quotesIt’s not the “how to” I’m missing.. it’s the “want to.”Where do we get the want-to?  We have to ask God for it. And He gives it.‘I’m writing this book as an invitation to consider thefreedom found when we bring one of our most basic of needs—food—before the Lordand allow him to guard us in this area.” 161The author argues, we are made to crave, made to seekfulfillment and fullness. Yet, so often we gorge ourselves on things that donot, CAN not meet this need. (Money, fame, relationships, and food.)  It is only God Who can fill us.The author asks, “Isit possible we love and rely on food more than we love and rely on God?”We use food like a drug, for escape and for comfort andfor a false sense of satisfaction.But it disappoints, and when we try to meet those needsin this way, we suffer the physical consequences.It’s more than just “I want to lose weight,” it’s “I wantto be a good steward of my body,” AND “I want to love God above all things,including food, including impulse gratification.”  The author reminds us,  “Everything is permissible butnot everything is beneficial (1 Cor 10:23) She avoids legalistic dietrules, but encourages us to prayerfully seek God’s will as we receive our dailybreak.“God, I recognize I am made for more than the viciouscycle of being ruled by food.  I need toeat to live, not live to eat.  So, I keepasking for Your wisdom to now that to eat and Your indwelling power to walkaway from things that are not beneficial for me.”Her cravings for food became signals for her to pray, toseek God’s help in battling temptation, wisdom in knowing what is beneficial.Isn’t it just like Satan to make us think wehave to have something to comfort us, fill us, satisfy us, only to be hauntedby the consequences of this comfort later? 110My thoughtsI finish this book with mixed feelings. I am excited totry to put into practice some of the things she suggests, in particular, usingtimes of craving as reminders to pray for God’s help.  I do self-medicate with food, and I do turn tofood more than I turn to God to fill me in many ways. She is correct in callingthis sin. It is idolatry.  (I repent! Godhelp my un-repentance!)I agree that this battle (and every battle with oursinful flesh) is impossible to win by our sheer willpower. It is not by ourefforts that we redirect our sinful cravings and learn to crave and love Godabove all things.  When we grow in love,it is His work in our hearts that has given the growth.She works hard to avoid legalistic diet rules, and Ibelieve she is successful in this. However, I think she has replaced rules withanother even more vague, even more dangerous indication of success: what shecalls “obedience.”  She portrays thisbattle, if fought well, to be one of victory (in His strength), and encouragesthe reader to focus on obedience as the measure for one’s victory and success. While I agree that the scale or adherence to specificdiet rules are not reliable indicators of holiness, I disagree with hersubstitution, which can be summarized in this way: obedience to the innerpromptings of the Spirit.She points to Revelation 2:7 “To him who overcomes, Iwill give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise ofGod.” And she states, “Isn’t it thrilling to see that overcoming is possible?It is possible to be more than just one who deals with struggles well. Thisverse says to the one who overcomes! In other words, it’s for those who findabsolute victory in an area where they once knew nothing but defeat.”I strongly disagree with her in this area. Our God is notmerely a God who gives us examples to follow, Who empowers, helps, and rewardsour efforts.He is a God who died for our sins on a bloody cross, andthis is why we have peace. The tree of life is given to all believers as a freegift from God, and we overcome solely because we are joined by faith to Jesuswho has overcome sin and death for us.Our peace with God is given to us freely through theatoning sacrifice of Christ, period. We “overcome” by holding fast to Him infaith, and trusting Him to complete the work in us that He has started.I was disappointed in the theological confusion in thisbook, which was otherwise a very interesting read. I intend to carry some ofher thoughts with me as I learn to prayerfully live and eat to the glory ofGod.

  • Mandy J. Hoffman
    2018-08-21 13:52

    MY REVIEW:Lysa Terkeurst is one of the most enjoyable authors to read and she does not disappoint in Made To Crave. Her way with words makes you feel like you are sitting down for comforting conversation with a dear friend and sister. And not only is this an enjoyable read, but also a challenging one that takes you to the heart of the matter.Made To Crave is not a "how-to" book on healthy eating, but rather a book about satisfying your cravings the right way - with the only thing that will ever satisfy. Using the Bible as her foundation, and sharing from her personal journey, Lysa shows us how we were made to crave. I enjoyed the overall style and content of this book, DVD, and participants guide. It easy to read and understand and digs deeper into the "why" of eating healthy. While at times the whole program used together seemed a bit simplistic or redundant, it didn't make it less enjoyable or take away from what I did learn. While I highly appreciated the message and truth in this book, I would also highly recommend the book Because He Loves Me to read in conjunction with Made To Crave.One thing to keep in mind about the DVD curriculum and participants guide is that it is a lot of material to go through. While this is really a good feature, I would highly recommend this be used in small groups rather than in larger groups (Sunday Schools) for better interaction and less confusion. And due to the amount of material, accountability is important and small groups are better to cultivate that interaction.BOOK OVERVIEW: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-resou... DVD OVERVIEW: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-resou... * * * * *This book, DVD, and participants guide was courtesy of Litfuse Group but the opinion expressed is my own.

  • Dana Rongione
    2018-09-11 15:47

    Has food become more about frustration than fulfillment? The NY Times Bestselling release Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. Author Lysa TerKeurst personally understands the battle that women face. In Made to Crave, she will help you:*Break the cycle of “I’ll start again on Monday,” and feel good about yourself today.*Stop agonizing over numbers on the scale and make peace with your body.*Replace rationalization that leads to diet failure with wisdom that leads to victory.*Reach your healthy goals and grow closer to God through the process.This book is not a how-to manual or the latest, greatest dieting plan. Made to Crave is a helpful companion to use alongside whatever healthy eating approach you choose — a book and Bible study to help you find the “want to” in how to make healthy lifestyle changes.I, like most women, have been down the road of dieting. Anytime the latest, greatest dieting plan comes along promising quick and easy results, I find myself sucked in. I find myself thinking, Maybe I'll succeed this time. Maybe this one will work where all the others have failed. Maybe this time I'll be able to stick with it. But the results are always the same. I deprive myself of my favorite things and work hard for a few weeks. When I don't see the results I expect, I quit, telling myself it's not worth the sacrifice.When I first heard about Made to Crave. I thought it sounded like an interesting approach, so I signed up to receive Lysa's 21-day challenge via e-mail. After the first few devotions, I felt so different about my weight loss goals. I learned that my problem was more than carrying around a few extra pounds. I had a spiritual problem, and until I remedied that, committing to any physical health plan would be in vain. I discovered that I don't need to go on a diet; I need to go on a journey. A journey to a new, healthy me. A journey that offers freedom, not deprivation.I ordered Lysa's book and read through it one chapter at a time, stopping to digest and meditate on what I'd read. Her message, while painful, struck home in my heart, and by God's grace, I've already been able to make significant changes in my health plan. Lysa's message is backed with Scripture, and for convenience sake, there is a guide with all the verses listed in the back of the book. Through this book, the Lord has opened my eyes to a new way to approach weight loss, a way in which I can finally find victory.If you are overweight, out of shape, or simply suffer from a lack of discipline to do the things you know you should, I highly recommend this book. It has honestly changed my life, and I believe it can do the same for you!

  • Adrienna
    2018-09-11 17:57

    I didn't take this book as a lose weight book since I read so many of those in the past; moreover, it was about her food addiction and craved it more than her relationship with God (which some did lose weight once they changed their mindset on how they viewed or thought about food).What moved me when I first started reading/reviewing the book before church service, November 20, 2011, was the breakdown of cravings (which I also shared in my Facebook groups):1 John 2:15-16--passage details three ways Satan tries to lure us away from loving God:*the craving of the sinful man*lust of his eyes*boasting of what he has or doescraving=trying to get our physical desires met outside the will of Godlust of eyes=trying to get our material desires met outside the will of Godboasting=trying to get out need for significance met outside of the will of GodMatthew 4:1-11:Cravings=Satan appealed to Jesus' physical craving for foodLust of the eyes=devil promised Jesus entire kingdoms if He would bow down to the god of materialismboasting=the enemy enticed Jesus to prove His significance by forcing God to command angels to save Him*Book choice read for November 2011 in Virtuous 31 Woman Book Club on Facebook.

  • Sarah
    2018-08-29 20:43

    The author and I have different definitions of making healthy changes. She gave up all bread, pasta, potatoes, rice and sugar and viewed eating any of those as "messing up" or "cheating." I am not eliminating sweets and starches from my life but am aiming for moderation, so I didn't relate to her in this. I did like her larger point that often when we think we are craving unhealthy foods, we are using them to cover a deeper issues and a craving for God. She had some wonderful points, but I also thought the book was redundant.

  • Caitlin
    2018-09-15 15:04

    Here's the thing. I usually don't rate or review books I DNF, even when that DNF-ing is very intentional, but I felt like this book could be actively harmful and, as it has had popularity and success as a Christian book I felt compelled to say something.First, somehow, despite it being abundantly clear in the subtitle, jacket copy, and cover imagery, I missed that this book is first and foremost about dieting. In my head-copy, the book was about our tendency to idolatry and the ways we try and fail to fill the craving for God our spiritual selves has.Ostensibly this book is about that but only in the narrowest of contexts. Instead of being a deep spiritual examination, it's a fluffy self-help/dieting book with a dusting of shallow spirituality.That this book is directed specifically at women, that this book seems to equate outward appearance (of being overweight) with a spiritual deficiency, that this book doesn't allow for anything but emotional overeating as a cause for obesity/being overweight, that its tone is terribly objectionable all of these are things that made me furious.What made me stop reading though (because I knew almost immediately that I would not like the book, but initially was determined to read it to form a proper and coherent review) was the little discussion/introspection/dig deeper questions at the end of each chapter. Although the intentions of these questions, and of the author I presume, are good, what I found them doing was causing a focus on the negative; of one's body, of one's spiritual journey, of one's relationship with God, and I knew I wouldn't continue to listen to this spiritual junk food.I would be less than thrilled at the author's approach to weight loss in a secular self-help context, but the way this is written and marketed for a (view spoiler)[ white, middle-class, female (hide spoiler)] Christian audience. It really upsets me.

  • Kristina
    2018-09-19 17:49

    Six years ago my body looked a lot different than it does now and due to the birth of four children, I highly doubt it will ever return to the ‘college’ Kristina look. Weight and self-image is something that most women struggle with, both in the church and out of the church. We allow our moods and even our entire days to be highly influenced by whether or not we can fit into our proverbial skinny jeans. Then, we walk out of our houses only to find that our best friend can fit into their skinny jeans which are three sizes smaller than OUR skinny jeans.At what point did we start to allow our worth to be determined by our jean size? In her new book, Made to Crave, Lysa Terkeurst of Proverbs 31 Ministries dives into the hot topic of women and food. She examines the hard-wired desire that women were made with to desire something and many times we allow that desire to be filled with food when we don’t first satisfy it with God. You can also purchase Lysa’s Bible study and book bundle from Proverbs 31 Ministries. I enjoyed both of these resources. Having recently had a baby, I know that very soon managing my weight will once again show up on my radar. I am so thrilled to have read such an encouraging and empowering book. This is not just a ‘eat better, exercise, and you’ll lose weight’ book. Instead this is a testimony as to how food and one’s craving for it can actually lead you into a closer relationship with God. The principles taught in this book and study do not just stop at food. No, no, they can be applied to anything in our lives that we allow to come between us and God. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a deeper relationship with God. Lysa uses funny, yet practical examples to teach these principles to which every woman can relate.*****I received a copy for review purposes from Litfuse Publicity Group.These thoughts are my own.

  • Danielle
    2018-09-10 17:01

    This book reads just like her blog. You can imagine yourself sitting down and chatting over a cup of coffee, which makes it very easy to listen to. There are a half dozen stand out statements that I would have liked to copied to my journal, but with the nature of audiobooks, it's said and then it's gone. And since I listen while I drive mostly, rewinding and copying it down isn't an option.I would recommend this book, I liked it, but didn't love it. But being that it is in the VB Overdrive catalog for free, it's certainly worth a listen.

  • Lindsey
    2018-08-29 16:49

    While everyone is raving about this book I felt like it was cheesy and not really relevant to my need to lose 50 lbs for medical reasons. It was the "chick lit" equivalent of dieting God's way....All that aside, I love most of everything Lysa publishes and Proverbs31 Ministries is one of my favorite outlets in the Christian Media arena; so this 2 star rating is a true reflection of this book and not of her or her ministry as a whole. I wish her the best, and I hear many people with positive reactions to this book. Just didn't "do it" for me.

  • Christina DeVane
    2018-09-07 14:47

    I listened to the audiobook not the video study, but I so enjoyed this book! I am not typically a fan of Lysa Terkhurst but she had so many good things to say about eating and how it relates to God and our growth as a Christian. I don't agree with her stance on wine and how everything is good and free unless the Bible specifically says it's "harmful"🤔

  • Stacie Sonnakolb
    2018-09-03 18:04

    amazing! fast read! inspiring, motivating! no matter where you are on your journey! by far, my favorite I've read this year!

  • Shellie
    2018-09-06 13:01

    Thank God for Lysa Terkeurst being brave enough to address the common struggle that American women have with eating and how that gets in the way of glorifying God. I know I appreciate a book when I want to quote from every page. This is one of those. I agree whole-heartedly with Lysa that food is "a good drug of choice for a Christian woman." I love how she puts her own struggle: "I craved food more than I craved God. Food was my comfort. Food was my reward. Food was my joy. Food was what I turned to in times of stress, sadness, and even in times of happiness."Our Christian fellowships regularly revolve around food, and most of the time desserts are involved. I have always felt like I could never bring up my struggle to fight the edible temptations and how just their presence violated my efforts to maintain a healthy weight. It's a psychological pairing of food with good feelings, companionship, social bonding and please don't say anything against it or you might be thought to be vain about how you look. I admit that I am a woman for whom "food can become so consuming that" I become "ruled by it." Thank you Lysa for putting that in writing and making it acceptable to admit in a Christian environment. I am an American woman who bounces between guilt after eating too luxuriously and deprivation when trying to deny my cravings. One of Lysa's suggestions is to pray when you feel that craving. I also like remembering a verse when I'm tempted to eat based on my feelings, especially the quote from the apostle Paul, "everything is permissable for me, but not everything is beneficial." Like Lysa, I have targeted my addiction to sugar and I have also put aside my addiction to diet soft drinks. I don't want to be ruled by food any longer and I can proclaim with sincerity, "I was made for more." More than feelings of defeat and insecurity that can get in the way of my calling--I want freedom from the power I have given food in my life. When I get flack for refusing a cupcake or for exercising self-control (why do people do that anyway? Is it because they feel guilty for eating something unhealthy when you choose not to?) I am not afraid anymore to admit that I was addicted to soft drinks and sugar and I don't want to be anymore. It's not about a number on a scale. I do want the secondary gains of my clothes fitting a little looser, but number one is that I was meant to crave God, not food, as my true source of power. I don't want to be a slave to my desires.Our pastor coincidentally gave a sermon about selfishness, overindulging, and giving in to our desires impulsively and instantaneously during the same time I was reading the example in Lysa's book about overindulgence in wine vs. onverindulgence in food. It's gluttony. It's idolatry. It's sin. "To numb our longings with other temporary pleasures" is sin. It separates us from God. It's a severe topic for self-assessment.I am thankful for the go-to verses Lysa has included to help us through times of weakness and also for the thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter. This book has shown me that I need to strive for contentment in any circumstance and when I'm triggered, I need to count my blessings, practice compassion, or replace the bad feeling with a good memory or positive thought.I still have to eat to live, and that's some of what makes this goal so difficult, but now I don't put so much enjoyment, so much satisfaction, into perusing all of the options at the buffet table. Just like any addiction, I guess. Sex addicts can't look at certain things and alcoholics can't go the bar. I don't want to sample the cheesecake. I'm okay with food being boring for now. The Lord is my portion and I will be satisfied.

  • Sandy
    2018-08-24 17:02

    Wow, just wow. This book is something special. Just know that this review will not do this book justice. 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!

  • Laura
    2018-09-15 13:56

    Title: MADE TO CRAVEAuthor: Lysa TerkeurstPublisher (and producer): ZondervanDecember 2010ISBN: DVD: 978-0-310-67154-1 Participant’s Guide: 978-0-310-67155-8 Book: 978-0-310-29326-2Genre: Inspirational/Christian Living/womenCraving isn’t a bad thing—we were made to consume food, but food was never meant to consume us. And this two-book and DVD set is set to teach you one big word—one that you can go to www.lysaterkeurst.com and print it off and tape it to the refrigerator—and the word is Empowered. And Ms. Terkeurst will teach you how to break the diet chain. Ms. Terkeurst says right up front that she is not a nutrition expert and she has never craved a carrot stick. But nevertheless she has learned how to develop the spiritual empowerment to say no to comfort food and yes to God. The DVD is a six-week study designed for either one or two hours a week (used as a group study). The participant’s guide includes questions for the participant to answer both individually and as a group. There are also study suggestions and questions for you to do on your own each day of the week, either a Bible reading, or reading the chapter of the main MADE TO CRAVE book. Ms. Terkeurst is a real person, with real cravings, and she uses a conversational tone both in the book and in the DVD to teach us about both God and about breaking that link between us and food. Used as a set, MADE TO CRAVE is an ideal small group study for women to break the chain of food. This is not the latest dieting plan, or how to count calories guide. This is a helpful companion to use alongside whatever healthy eating approach you choose (exercise, counting calories, or whatever)—a book and Bible study to help you find the “want to” in making healthy lifestyle changes. MADE TO CRAVE will help you make lasting changes. Not so you’ll be skinny, but so you’ll feel peace with who you are as a whole. If you are looking to become Empowered and motivated to make a change, then MADE TO CRAVE will help you use your spiritual connection to help you. Available individually as so: Book: $14.99. 220 pages. Participants Guide: $9.99. 160 pages. DVD $29.99. Approximately 145 minutes.

  • Carol
    2018-09-05 16:10

    If you are a Christian who struggles her weight, than this is a book you must read. First, this book is not a diet. It is a journey. God doesn't just command us to have a healthy perspective on food. He also provides the help to achieve it. During Lysa's journey she realize that none of us can fill our emptiness with worldly things (like food) when the only thing that will completely fill us is an intimate relationship with God. As she states in the book -- I'm made for more; living in victory tastes sweeter than any unhealthy delicacy; overindulging; stop thinking about what you shouldn't have and put my thoughts of being thankful for what I could have; emotional emptiness; embrace your true identity; become an "overcomer."previous reviewI was fortunate to hear Lysa TerKeurst speak at my church a few years ago -- she was brutally honest revealing her deepest wounds and her amazing healing. In this series, Made To Crave, Lysa touches on a subject all women struggle with which is weight gain and food addictions. She is not pushing a specific diet but instead showing us that we were made to crave God, not food yet she admits "I had to get honest enough to admit it: I relied on food more than I relied on God. I craved food more than I craved God. Food was my comfort. Food was my reward. Food was my joy. Food was what I turned to in times of stress, sadness, and even in times of happiness. I hated admitting that. I felt stupid admitting that. I felt like such a spiritual failure. God never intended for us to want anything more than we want Him."This series consist of a book, a participant's guide and a DVD with a 6 week program. Good for a small group or individual.

  • Erika
    2018-09-01 16:06

    "Making the connection between my daily disciplines with food and my desire to pursue holiness is crucial. Holiness just doesn't deal with my spiritual life; it very much deals with my physical life as well." (p. 169)A MANDATORY read for any Christian woman struggling with her weight or an addition to eating. This book was the only read that has really called out to me. It depicts exactly my beliefs and vision of my weight problem. Instead of being condemning, it is purely relateable and provides the hope we need to move forward. Just listen:"Whether we're on the path toward victory or defeat is determined by the very next choice we make. Not the choices from yesterday. Not the choices give minutes ago." (p. 192)"I was made for more than being stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat. I am not made to be a victim of my poor choices. I was made to be a victorious child of God." (p. 153)Understanding that our weight is not a curse from God but "an external manifestation of an internal struggle" suggests there is so much more to being overweight than just a love of food. And isn't that the burrowed, deeply hidden truth?We're not alone in our struggles, not just here on earth but our Lord understands our struggles and it can be part of our purpose and growth in our life. As I know from experience, God takes negativity in our lives and, if we let Him, can turn it into something beautiful. This is what Lysa's book helped me understand.It gave great prayers, wonderful anecdotes, and amazing insight. Thank you for writing this incredibly necessary book, Lysa!

  • Lori Twichell
    2018-09-03 20:01

    I was involved in this book right away and it changed my perception on a variety of struggles I’ve been dealing with in my own life. We ARE made to crave. God wants us yearning and longing for him and food can get in the way. That makes so much sense that I’m nearly ashamed I never thought about it before! When I have lunch with my wonderfully fit and beautiful friend Susan, she can order things that I can’t. And that’s okay. I don’t need to be jealous of that. I need to sacrifice it and give it to God.I could go into all of the methods and all of the wisdom Lysa shares, like her struggles during the first week or two of the program, but I’d rather share the amazing encouragement. It’s far beyond a diet program, eating plan, or even a lifestyle change.I believe that God spoke through Lysa to create this book and reach the hearts of women. All women, whether they have skinny jeans in their closet or not.I laugh at the irony of posting this review just before two of the biggest holidays that our culture celebrates – both revolving around food. But I think perhaps if you give this book a chance, your Thanksgiving celebration may last all year long. And really, let’s face it. Every month has some excuse that our culture gives us to eat and celebrate. Valentine’s Day, Easter, The Fourth of July…the list goes on and on. So stop making those excuses and give God what He needs from you – your cravings and your heart.Review Copy provided by Zondervan

  • Dave
    2018-08-24 15:02

    With God, all things are possible…unless you “Crave” sweets and need to walk by them! “Made to Crave” is an odd paring of weight loss and God’s word, and it didn’t always go down well. The good jesus girl encourages us to get closer to God by denying ourselves indulgent foods and drink. It’s a new twist on the old refrain “Eat Better, move more”, and perhaps she has found a new way to shed fat. Many have used these methods to reach healthy weight goals and to pump up spiritually. And it’s hard to argue with those successes. As a Lutheran who grew up with moobs, I can recognized and relate to the reality of struggle many have with religion and body image. Yet as a male reading “Crave”, I seldom felt included in the dialog of the book, which all things considered- isn’t very Christ like. The author sheds some nifty light on God expectations for us regarding food yet I am inclined to think he loves regardless of our diets, weight, activity level...the plate of chocolate chips cookies we can devour in one sitting… and probably wishes we would spend our energies elsewhere.

  • Diane
    2018-09-16 21:05

    "I'm not on a diet. I'm on a journey with Jesus."I just re-read this one for the second time. I cannot tell you how life-giving Lysa's words have been during this season in my life. While constantly struggling with the diet mentality, I've created an idol with food (at which I daily bow down to its altar.) My preoccupation with what I'll eat, when I'll eat, and how much I'll eat has stolen my joy for FAR too long; worse than that, it has created a stronghold of disobedience to the Almighty. I desire to be a woman who follows through with the Lords convictions. I cannot ignore this area for any longer. It is time to make some real changes. Made to Crave has prompted me to give this area over to the Lord - "...God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure." (1 Cor 10: 12-13)

  • Lynette Eason
    2018-09-07 14:58

    Are you craving food more than God? This book is amazing, life changing and inspiring. As Lysa says, it's not a "how to" book on dieting, it's a "want to" book. Lysa tells her story of her battle with food. Not as an addiction or issues like anorexia or bulemia, but rather as food as her comfort, her reward for doing well, her pick me up when things go wrong. This type of mentality obviously will lead one down the road of unhealthy eating and weight gain. Instead, Lysa encourages you to turn to God. Every time she would crave something unhealthy, she would pray. As a result, she said she talked to God a LOT during those first few days of changing her eating habits. I could relate to what Lysa had to say on just about every page. I highly recommend this book if you need to make a change in your life.

  • Denise
    2018-09-04 17:07

    If you're the target audience, I can see the worth in this book. I was not it. This isn't a book about food issues; it's a book about weight issues. I struggle with craving and unhealthy relationships with food, but not with the number on the scale. Half way through the introduction it was obvious that Lysa and food is indistinguishable from Lysa and her weight ~ even when she is viewing them with a healthy perspective. I kept skimming until I hit a point talking about "skinny girls." They were so obviously a separate category of people that I felt I could no longer identify with anything she was saying. My outward appearance is thin, but I still would like to learn to crave God more than food. This book didn't lead me in that direction.

  • MaryAnn
    2018-09-02 14:56

    It took me six months to read this book. Although I really liked it -- and I want to go back and read parts of it again -- I just couldn't take it in big chunks. I would read a chapter and mull it over for quite a while -- but then often forget what I read. But I think Lysa TerKeurst really got it right.

  • Cindy
    2018-09-12 14:02

    I loved this book. I read it along with an online Bible study by Proverbs 31. Answering the questions with other woman really helped me. I have a tough time doing these things on my own but when sharing with others I get a lot more out of it. Lysa TerKeurst has really been through the things I have been through. Every chapter I felt like she really knows me.

  • Bethbeatty59
    2018-08-24 19:54

    Great book! It's a challenge for all if us not to "live to eat" when there's so much enticing food. Keeping a check on why we eat is very needed. God alone fills all those cravings which we instead fill with overindulgence.

  • Monique
    2018-09-19 12:45

    While there are some interesting parts it seemed more like extended blog entries. The scripture listing at the end was the most worthwhile section for me. The idea of craving God more than food makes sense.

  • Alicia
    2018-08-25 20:00

    This book has given me loads to think about. This year, I've told myself that getting skinny or losing weight is not my goal. My goal is to be healthy. Physically, mentally and emotionally. And I believe this book will help me on that journey.