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

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Made to Crave, by author Lisa TerKeurst, is a six-session video study made to be used with participant's guide that uncovers the missing link between a woman's desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make it happen.
DVD, 218 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by Zondervan (first published December 2010)
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Mar 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012
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
Shannon (leaninglights)
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was encouraging to me, as a mother-of-two who, let's face it, doesn't have the body she graduated high school with anymore ;) I think that anyone who struggles with food-based temptations and/or weight struggles who wants to perhaps get to the deeper rooted issues will enjoy this book. Not ground-breaking by any means, but still a good read :)
Lori Henrich
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Emily Cook
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it

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 a
Mandy J. Hoffman
Feb 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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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
Dana Rongione
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Mar 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one. Run away, do not read this
Shelves: on-hold, indefinitely
Here's the thing. I usually don't rate or review books I DNF, even when that DNF-ing is very intentional, but I felt like this book could be actively harmful and, as it has had popularity and success as a Christian book I felt compelled to say something.

First, somehow, despite it being abundantly clear in the subtitle, jacket copy, and cover imagery, I missed that this book is first and foremost about dieting. In my head-copy, the book was about our tendency to idolatry and the ways we try and f
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
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
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Christina DeVane
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
I listened to the audiobook not the video study, but I so enjoyed this book! I am not typically a fan of Lysa Terkhurst but she had so many good things to say about eating and how it relates to God and our growth as a Christian. I don't agree with her stance on wine and how everything is good and free unless the Bible specifically says it's "harmful"🤔
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorites
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
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"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
Lori Twichell
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
With God, all things are possible…unless you “Crave” sweets and need to walk by them! “Made to Crave” is an odd paring of weight loss and God’s word, and it didn’t always go down well. The good jesus girl encourages us to get closer to God by denying ourselves indulgent foods and drink. It’s a new twist on the old refrain “Eat Better, move more”, and perhaps she has found a new way to shed fat. Many have used these methods to reach healthy weight goals and to pump up spiritually. And it’s hard t ...more
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"I'm not on a diet. I'm on a journey with Jesus."

I just re-read this one for the second time. I cannot tell you how life-giving Lysa's words have been during this season in my life. While constantly struggling with the diet mentality, I've created an idol with food (at which I daily bow down to its altar.) My preoccupation with what I'll eat, when I'll eat, and how much I'll eat has stolen my joy for FAR too long; worse than that, it has created a stronghold of disobedience to the Almighty. I de
Lynette Eason
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
If you're the target audience, I can see the worth in this book. I was not it.

This isn't a book about food issues; it's a book about weight issues. I struggle with craving and unhealthy relationships with food, but not with the number on the scale. Half way through the introduction it was obvious that Lysa and food is indistinguishable from Lysa and her weight ~ even when she is viewing them with a healthy perspective. I kept skimming until I hit a point talking about "skinny girls." They were
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me six months to read this book. Although I really liked it -- and I want to go back and read parts of it again -- I just couldn't take it in big chunks. I would read a chapter and mull it over for quite a while -- but then often forget what I read. But I think Lysa TerKeurst really got it right.
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it
While there are some interesting parts it seemed more like extended blog entries. The scripture listing at the end was the most worthwhile section for me. The idea of craving God more than food makes sense.
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I usually enjoy Lysa's books. I was not familiar with her co writer. I have mixed feelings about this book. While it addresses how you feel about yourself, it is not very nurturing to the person who is struggling in any area.
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Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author of 18 books including The Best Yes, Unglued, and Made to Crave.

As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa and her team connect with millions of women a day and can help equip you to:
• Make the Bible come alive whenever you read it.
• Discover how to develop inner peace and security in any situation.
• Replace doubt, regret and envy with truth,
More about Lysa TerKeurst...
“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.” 22 likes
“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.” 14 likes
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