Made to Crave, Review and Giveaway

by 5 Minutes for Books

If you’re a woman, you know we have to deal with cravings. Whether it’s due to pregnancy hormones, PMS hormones, or a natural bent towards salty or sweet, I don’t know a woman who hasn’t experienced some sort of food craving.

Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food is Lysa TerKeurst’s newest book. Honestly, I’m always a little skeptical (of myself!) when I try to approach my battle with food spiritually. I sort of feel as if I’m tricking God — like pretending that I want it to be a spiritual thing so that I can get some sort of supernatural help.

Well, I was wrong. As I read the book and watched the DVD and heard TerKeurst share her own battle at getting her unhealthy eating under control, I realized that yes indeed, whether I’ve admitted it or not, it’s a spiritual battle all the way.

I’ve always known that self-control is part of the fruit of the spirit that I should be able to exercise, and discipline is something I strive for in many areas of my life as well, and TerKeurst elaborated on that while also bringing in other areas such as indulgence and peace. In fact, it’s something she said about peace that she touched on in DVD session 3 “From Guilt to Peace” that has stuck with me, and I think will really help me as I struggle NOT to overeat or to eat unhealthy things:

“Nothing tastes as good as peace feels.”

I want to have peace with God about my ability to follow through. I want to have peace with myself about my food choices. Yes, many times it’s okay to have a piece of cake or some ice cream. Food is not evil. But lately my choices have been wrong and out of control.

You could go through the whole study on your own (just reading the book, or using the DVD as well), or invite a few friends to come alongside you. Accountability is a big component for Lysa, and it always has been in my life as well.

Whether you are doing it alone or have a friend (or five) who you want to partner with, the DVD takes the content from the book and really makes it come alive. TerKeurst has a down-to-earth, sister-to-sister teaching style that will draw you right in. The other thing I liked is that she walks people who may be new to Bible study through how to use their Bibles or how to find verses (don’t be afraid to use the table of contents!).

The Made to Crave Participant’s Guide: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food is designed for use in a small group setting, and has great timing helps if you are leading a group. It could be used individually along with the DVD to take your own journey a stop further, or even in a one-on-one accountability situation.

I have a wonderful set to give away to THREE of you: a Made to Crave book, Made to Crave Participant’s Guide, and a DVD.

Leave a comment if you’d like to win, and we’ll announce the winners on March 28.

The winners of the Tuff Board Books are #18 HappyMomC, #60 Melissa N., #42 Mary, #25 Kathy Stevenson, #26 Jen@HappyLittle Homemaker.

5 Minutes for Books managing editor loves reading and hanging out with her family (and reading with her family). She blogs at Snapshot.

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1 Jeannette March 14, 2011 at 12:05 am

I want to win!!! I’m planning on doing this Bible study with a group of friends this summer. This would be perfect for us!


2 stacy March 14, 2011 at 12:33 am

I woul love to win!


3 Nancy B from Many LA March 14, 2011 at 12:34 am

This is awesome! Would love to be a winner!


4 Raine March 14, 2011 at 12:52 am

I have really been thinking about the connection between food/weight and spirituality lately. I would love to win this book. I think its exactly what I need to read!


5 Barbie March 14, 2011 at 1:17 am

I would love to win this. I have been wanting to do a study at my church. Thanks for offering this wonderful giveaway!


6 Heather March 14, 2011 at 1:48 am

Looks great!!! Please enter me for this!!!


7 Naomi March 14, 2011 at 2:22 am

I really need this! I really hope that this would turn my weight around.


8 Angel S. March 14, 2011 at 3:03 am

I have great things about this book. I would love a chance to win!


9 thefarmerfiles March 14, 2011 at 3:35 am

I have read such good things about this book! I would love to win!


10 S Club Mama March 14, 2011 at 8:23 am

Oh sounds like a book for me!


11 The Gang's Momma March 14, 2011 at 9:10 am

This looks like a great resource…. My Weight Watchers class touches on a lot of these issues, I’d love to share it.


12 Dianna March 14, 2011 at 9:38 am

This sounds awesome. :)


13 Alison S. March 14, 2011 at 11:12 am

This is a book I’m going to add to my reading list regardless of if I win it or not. Thanks for the review.


14 Cathy March 14, 2011 at 11:18 am

This sounds like it would be an amazing book to read. I will have to agree with several others, regardless if I win or not it must go on the “to read” list.


15 Lisa B. March 14, 2011 at 11:48 am

I would love to win this!


16 Lori A. March 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I am praying about starting this with my homeschool moms group. It would really be a blessing to win this set to do with them. However, I think this may be what the Lord has for us whether we win a copy or not! Thanks!


17 Chrissy H March 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm

This would be a perfect book to read!! and a great resource!!


18 Tracy March 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I’d love to win this giveaway! I could really use this book.


19 Jaimie March 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I am personally in the middle of reading this book right now, and it is one of the very best books I have ever read on the topic of weight loss. Life-changing. I would love to win one of these, to either continue my study further, or pass the book onto someone else – I have recommended it to all my friends!


20 CaroleM March 15, 2011 at 9:23 am

Sounds like something both my Mom and I would enjoy.


21 LaVonne March 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I have heard great things about this book. Thanks!


22 Alisa N. March 15, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Sounds like a great book!


23 Raegan March 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm

This book sounds great! I would love to win this book. I think it would be a big help both physically and spiritually.


24 Michelle March 15, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I am getting ready to do this bible study and would love to win these items! I would totally use them and can’t wait to read the book!


25 Ruth Hill March 15, 2011 at 11:32 pm

I would love to win this! I have read a lot about it.


26 Kim Beach March 16, 2011 at 10:27 am

Would love to help others with this awesome book!


27 Tiffany March 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

I would love to win this set! Me and some girls are just waiting on getting the materials to start the study. This would help SO much!!


28 Debby March 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I have a sweet craving each month and I have gone through the change. It seems that the cravings never leave you!


29 Carol Hatcher March 16, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I would love to win this. I LOVE Lysa, and I’ve heard the book is great!


30 Ellen C. March 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I’d love to win. Thanks for the chance.


31 Kelly from Iowa March 16, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I would love to GAIN these prizes and LOSE some pounds!


32 Corrina March 17, 2011 at 1:02 am

I’ve had my eye on this book for a few weeks now. Would love to read it!


33 theresesophia March 21, 2011 at 2:02 am

This would be awesome! This book is on my “wishlist” so to have the whole set would be fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway!


34 Nannette March 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm

God, I pray that I win this as I don’t have the money to purchase it! My weight is about to get the best of this 52 yr. old woman! Now I Must be patient and wait. Thanks and God bless!


35 Stephanie Baker March 23, 2011 at 1:24 am

This is an awesome giveaway, I would love to win


36 brandy March 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I need this..:)


37 Jennifer Harshman March 24, 2011 at 1:51 am

would love to win this : )


38 Pam March 24, 2011 at 9:50 am

I was looking at this the other day, would love to win it.


39 MaryBeth March 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I’d love to win a copy of this to preview for my women’s small group. What an interesting book!!


40 Karen March 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I would so love to win this! I need to do this study! Thanks for the opportunity!


41 Amanda March 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I would love to win this!


42 Tracey M March 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity! I keep seeing this book Made to Crave and it sounds very good.

I have been involved in a study called The Lord’s Table It has been a real blessing.


43 emily l March 29, 2011 at 9:50 am

I could really use this. Making sensible food choices is something I’ve always struggled with.


44 Petula March 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I had to pop over and read the review because I’m just reading the guest post. Great review… congrats to the winners. :-)


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