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Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst
Zondervan, 15 December 2010
I’ve never read any books on losing weight, I’ve never dieted. I never really believed in dieting, figuring that eating well and indulging every now and then was okay. So why did I decide to read a book on weight loss? Well for the most part I kept liking the cover! It just kept catching my eye and I knew I wanted to investigate it more. Then I read the back of the book and knew I probably should buy it, but I didn’t. Over the weeks the cover would keep popping up in my mind and I’d want to buy it again. I still didn’t buy it though!
Slowly something started happening. Something you guys need to know is that over the past three years I’ve been able to attend a small outdoor training group led by my friend who just happens to be a personal trainer. So over these three years I have been exposed to better ways to exercise and manage my health (notice I did not say weight). So always in the back of my mind was the thought “I can lose weight if I want to” as I had been taught a lot of the tools needed for this from the training sessions. However I never took up those tools consistently.
However, lately I discovered a real love of running. When my friend offered training sessions focused on running (technique, pacing etc) I jumped at the chance. So I started running once a week at each session. That was it. Then this book kept popping up in my head again. So this time I went purposefully to Koorong and bought it. By the end of the first chapter I was crying. The girl Lysa TerKeurst was describing in the book was me. Whether I liked it or not I had issues with emotional eating and my cravings for food with little to no self-control.
In this book Lysa gently and humorously walks women through, and challenges us to remember that we were Made to Crave God – not food or anything else we might chase after. Lovingly, Lysa used her own journey with struggling with weight and emotional eating to overcoming her “cravings” by realizing she needs God more than she needs that 5 minute satisfaction that a plate of brownies will give her.
This book is about growing closer to God by surrendering our need to crave food to him. Lysa doesn’t just end there, she literally walks her readers through every step of the “surrendering my food issues” to God. She equips us with sound, practical and Biblical ways to overcome the food that hold us back.

There is more I can say, but I will leave it for here now. One final thing though: This book is way more than just about losing weight – it’s about turning our lives over to God with powerful results, inside and out!

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