Monday, February 7, 2011

Review: Made To Crave by Lysa TerKeurst

Title: Made To Crave
Author: Lysa TerKeurst
Publisher: Zondervan

ElCloud Review:

I was always the skinny girl when I was growing up.  My Mom warned me that someday all my second helpings, brownies, chocolate, and soda would catch up with me.  Someday the calories wouldn't burn off so easily.   Someday arrived when I hit my thirties, but I adjusted to the new size and learned how to dress it and live with it.  Now that I'm in my late thirties, I can see another change happening.  More weight is trying to settle in, and it takes effort just to stay stable, let alone lose.

Made To Crave arrived in my mailbox at just the right time --  just as I was coming to terms with the fact that only a few pairs of my jeans still fit comfortably.  I have a life-time of well-entrenched bad habits to overcome.  I have to overcome the quick sugar fixes, the comforting chocolate treats, and the candy coffee pick-me-ups.  I need to apply healthy eating habits.  I need to turn to God for strength, energy, and comfort ... not to food or chocolate.   But, I am weak, and I like to be indulgent.

Lysa's book is like having a friend sit down beside you and share her journey with you.  Lysa is so open and honest in Made to Crave, and reading this book helps you believe that you can overcome the bad habits and make changes ... with God's help.  I know that I'm too weak to make lasting changes on my own, but Lysa shares how God helped her change her way of thinking, and how He can help me make the same changes.

The DVD series is wonderful!  Lysa's weekly sessions  are encouraging and real.  She cuts to the heart of the book, and this issue of overeating, confronting the lies we tell ourselves.   She breaks it down into a weekly challenge ... one change to make each week ... with refrigerator signs to remind us of that week's focus.   The study guide includes discussion questions and weekly homework to bring us face to face with the reasons we overeat,  pointing us right back to Jesus and TRUTH.    This would be a great study to do in a small group at church, with your best friend, or even on your own.

Individually, the book and the DVD series are each wonderful and helpful.  They meet different needs for different people.  For myself,  I think they work best together.  The book gives more depth to the DVD sessions, but the DVD series and guide give a more practical application process that I need.  Made to Crave is a much-needed blessing in my life!

Check out the Made to Crave blog tour to see what other bloggers are saying.  Lysa has also written a 21-day companion devotional,  Craving God, which is currently free on as a Kindle e-book.  Click the Craving God title above to check it out!  (I was able to get the Kindle for PC download free, so I could read this book on my computer since I don't have a Kindle.)

This book and DVD series was provided free for my honest review!  No other compensation was received.

Read more about Lysa TerKeurst, the book, the DVD study, and Lysa's Facebook Party!!  (info. from the publisher)

Lysa's Profile:

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!


Read the publisher's excerpt about the book:

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.

You can purchase the book HERE.

Don't forget the DVD series:

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.  The DVD includes six 25-minute sessions and a bonus session.  The participant's guide includes group discussion questions, application questions, and weekly homework.  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!

Lysa is throwing a Made to Crave Party on February 8th on Facebook!

During the party Lysa will chat with guests, host a trivia contest or two, and give away lots of other fun prizes (copies of Lysa’s other books and, iTunes & Starbucks gift certificates) – including a live Author Chat with Lysa for your small group!
Don’t miss the fun! Lysa is looking forward to learning more about you – so be sure to stop by Lysa's Facebook Author Page on February 8th at 5:00 PM PST (6 PM MST, 7 PM CST, & 8 PM EST).

This book and DVD series was provided free for my honest review!  No other compensation was received.

Trusting in Him,
April E.

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