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

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In this six-session small group Bible study DVD, Made to Crave, 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 liv...more
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by Zondervan (first published December 2010)
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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 abo...more
Lori Henrich
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 throug...more
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 w...more
Mandy Hoffman

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...more
Emily Cook

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 and
favorite quotes

It’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 the
freedom found when we bring one of our most basic of needs—food—before the Lord
and allow him to guard us in this area.” 161

The author arg
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 exci...more
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 j...more
Dana Rongione
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 r...more
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 t...more
Author: Lysa Terkeurst
Publisher (and producer): Zondervan
December 2010
ISBN: DVD: 978-0-310-67154-1
Participant’s Guide: 978-0-310-67155-8
Book: 978-0-310-29326-2
Genre: Inspirational/Christian Living/women

Craving 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 and print it off and tape it to the refrigerator—and the word is Empower...more
Sandy Farmer
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...more
Lori Twichell
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...more
"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 provide...more
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 turn...more
Lynette Eason
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...more
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 catal...more
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 reac...more
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...more
Recommended by Melissa Breedlove after conversation on Word of Wisdom, (When you rely on any unnecessary substance on a consistent basis consider its worth and the control is has over you. God wants us to be free from anything that has power over us and recommends all things in moderation, hence the Word of Wisdom. Turn to him in times of need rather than any unnecessary substance)

This book goes along with the idea that we should turn to God in times of need rather than food. It is about changin...more
Susan Erhardt
I read this for a women's book club that is going to take on studying this book this summer. I liked the book and Lysa seems like a gal I'd like in person. She writes in a very readable way. However, the book's approach made me feel squirmy in a way I can't quite pin down.

I think that it may simply be her approach to losing weight. She gave up all sugar, bread, potatoes, etc. in a very rigid way of eating. Though she says she may someday add those back in to her diet, I think she's dreaming. You...more
Heidi Kelsch
May 31, 2014 Heidi Kelsch rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Heidi by: Bobbi Anderson
Shelves: faith-and-life
This book has so many good pointers in it. I found it insightful even though I'm not on a weight loss plan. I am on a healthy eating plan so parts of the book spoke to me about food and my eating habits. Other parts didn't apply to my eating habits or craving food, but I could apply it to other areas of my life that I crave all the time. The areas that I spend a lot of time and think it will make me happy. Lysa does a good job providing encouraging Scripture, funny stories, motivation, and thoug...more
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.
Stormie Walston
This is what American Christians need! My life has been changed by her rebuking against gluttony, her practical tips for making healthy food choices, committing to proper exercise, and honoring God through it all. I had no clue the Bible had so much to say on this topic and I am amazed that this sin is so widely accepted in our churches. Although she definitely writes to "God's girls" I would highly recommend this to everyone (obese or skinny, female or male). The truth behind eating poorly is a...more
I enjoyed this book even though I have a different view of making healthy changes. I don't think you need to, nor should you, give up all bread, pasta, potatoes, and rice etc. High quality starches eaten in moderation are fine. Skip anything made with white refined flour. A baked potato eaten once in awhile (sans butter, sour cream) will not hurt. I liked the author's voice in this book, how she wrote. It was like sitting down with a friend. I came away with several things to think about but the...more
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.
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.
Natasha Downing
This book is full of information about why we crave and how we've replaced cravings for God and for that fellowship with him with food. Food is meant for nourishment and should be enjoyed, but not used to fill emotional needs. It's a very eye-opening book and gives the reader a basis to replace our emotional food cravings with God. As a side result, we will lose weight. The second part of this is the Made to Crave Action Plan, which enhances this idea and gives detailed instructions on foods tha...more
Christa Wade
Jan 27, 2011 Christa Wade is currently reading it
This book has helped me be conscious of the choices that I make regarding food. Lysa has a way of's as if she were peeking into my mind, when she describes certain situations.
Katie Casey
A great book written for the "physically overweight" and "spiritually underweight." Lisa's honest writing and explanation of key Bible verses is very motivating and convicting!
So many things in this book slapped me right in the face. I definitely will go through this book again with a notebook, pen and a highlighter!!
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Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling 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. For over 15 years, her message has enabled women to:

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“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.” 13 likes
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