Monday, January 5, 2015

Book Review: “Made to Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst


If you're tired of tucking your muffin top into the waist of your pants, this book is for you. Made to Crave is a New York Times best-seller and a ‘faith-based weight loss’ book however it's not a diet book as it only suggests you find a healthy eating plan that's right for you. Getting healthy isn't just about losing weight because its not just limited to adjusting our diet and hoping for good physical results. It's about re-calibrating our souls so that we want to change - spiritually, physically, and mentally.

Lysa said that "being overweight is an outside indication that internal changes are needed for my body to function properly and for me to feel well. Overstuffing ourselves with food or drinking until we get drunk or getting wrapped up in the affections of an adulterous relationship are all desperate attempts to silence the cries of a hungry soul. Emptiness has a way of demanding to be filled. And when I couldn't figure out how to fill what my heart was lacking, my stomach was more than willing to offer a few suggestions. Food became a comfort. Whether we are talking about food, wine, sex, shopping, or anything else with which we try to fill ourselves, nothing in this world can ever fill us like God's portion." In short she says that your body's size is not tied to your happiness. Whatever you're missing now, you will still miss it once skinny.

Here are a few more favorite quotes of mine from the book:

"A whole lifetime could be spent making excuses, giving in, feeling guilty, resolving to do better, mentally beating myself up for not sticking to my resolve, feeling like a failure, and then resigning myself to the fact that things can't change. And I don't want to spend a lifetime in this cycle.I realize that I am made for more than the vicious cycle of being rules by food. I am made for more. I am made for victory.  One day of victory tasted better than any of that food I'd given up ever could."

"Incomplete people are desperate for others to notice their diet progress, I reached the conclusion that incomplete people are a trigger that make me want to eat. They are complicated and sensitive and messy in their reactions. They have the potential to drain my resolve and make me grumpy. Don't get comfortable with your victim status."

"Everything is permissible - but not everything is beneficial (1 Corinthians 10:23) I could have that brownie or those chips, but they wouldn't benefit me in any way. Use that thought to empower you to make a beneficial choice. I'm in a season of sacrificing sugar. Food can fill our stomachs but never our souls. Possessions can fill our houses but never our hearts. Pity parties require high calorie snacks. They only leave behind deeper emptiness."

"When you think it's unfair someone else is skinny and can eat whatever they want, remember being little doesn't make a person any more happy, they just have other struggles."

Lysa was on the Today show this morning, click out this short video.

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