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Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst

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Made to Crave

Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food

Lysa TerKeurst


218 pages


My weight has gone up or down in response to lifestyle changes: a new job that is physically demanding, the loss of a family member, eliminating gluten from my diet, or a new prescription that caused weight gain. I’ve rarely tackled losing weight for a prolonged period because I would just wait until the next lifestyle change to swing the pendulum of my weight.

Still, on the occasions I did try to lose weight, I felt the burden of the responsibility on my shoulders. This was my problem and I had to fix it. But in her book, Made to Crave, Lysa TerKeurst proposes we look at weight loss less in terms of self-discipline (because we are bound to fail) and more in terms of reliance on God’s strength (because He is bound to succeed). This was a new way of looking at the problem for me and I think it will prove helpful.

Rather than putting too much stock on the number on the scale, the author says, “weight is a measurable indicator of whether or not we’re making healthy choices” (Lysa TerKeurst, Made to Crave, page 161). I like that. Weight is an indicator of our choices and weight loss is nothing more than making one healthy choice after another.

In what I found to be the most moving paragraph in the book, Lysa TerKeurst writes:

It is good for God’s people to be put in a place of longing so they feel a slight desperation. Only then can we be empty enough and open enough to discover the holiness we were made for. When we are stuffed full of other things and never allow ourselves to be in a place of longing, we don’t recognize the deeper spiritual battle going on. (Lysa TerKeurst, Made to Crave, page 168).

I have to be honest. When this book came out, there was a lot of hype around it and I turned up my nose at it, thinking it was just the latest fad in weight loss. But after finally reading it, I have to say the book is full of sound doctrine about how food can actually interfere with our relationship with God.

Whether you struggle with weight or not, this little book is worth a read because we all have to eat so understanding the role of food in our lives is worthwhile.



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293262: Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food
By Lysa TerKeurst / ZondervanHas food become your source of comfort? After a hard day at work, or a long day with the kids, don’t you deserve that big piece of chocolate cake? Lysa TerKeurst used to think so, but that was before God showed her that what she really needed was more of Himself. In Made to Crave, Lysa won’t tell you what to eat or how much to exercise, rather she explores why we make unhealthy food choices. She’ll help you discover what it is you’re really seeking, and how that need can only be met in our faithful Heavenly Father. And when your cravings are satisfied with His love, a healthy body will follow. Focus on the Family Recommendation.


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