Made to Crave, Review and Giveaway

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.


  1. Raine says

    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!

  2. Alison S. says

    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.

  3. Cathy says

    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.

  4. Lori A. says

    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!

  5. says

    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!

  6. Raegan says

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

  7. Tiffany says

    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!!

  8. Debby says

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

  9. Nannette says

    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!

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