If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure by Sheri Rose Shephard (Plus Giveaway)

by Jennifer Sikora

I love to read. I spend countless hours pouring myself into any and every book I can get my hands on. However, none of the ones I have read have ever touched me like Shari Rose Shepherd’s new book, If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure.

My Thoughts on the book

When I got this book, my first initial thought was — “hmmm…healthy recipes. This might come in handy.” What I did not expect to find was page after page speaking to my dry and thirsty soul. Shari definitely knows how to cut right to the heart of the problem.

This book was such an easy read for me. I literally had to make myself put it down so I did not devour it in one setting. It was moments like this one that my soul was screaming — “Yes! Yes! This is me — 100%!”

Too many times we are so focused on what we are not allowed to do and what we should not eat that we end up feeling deprived and depressed, as if following Christ were more of a burden than a blessing.
God has not called us to burn ourselves out; in fact, one of the things I’ve learned in my life is that if the devil can’t make us bad, his next trick is to make us busy so he can burn us out.

We rarely allow ourselves to rest in the Lord and enjoy the gift of refreshment and relaxation. He wants us to rest our physical bodies, our minds, and our souls. This is not something we need to feel bad about — it does not mean we are weak.

Don’t you just love some of those promises that I just shared with you? As I was reading this book, it was like a light went off in my mind and in my heart — living a life that honors and glorifies God will help me to live a healthier lifestyle — but in doing so, I need to take time to rest, rejuvenate and not be ashamed of doing so. As a mom — sometimes that is SO hard, don’t you agree?

The Recipes

All throughout the book at the end of each chapter, there are delicious and healthy recipes for you to make and serve to your family. I cannot wait to serve some of these healthier options to my husband as we are both on a mission to lose all this drasted weight we have gained. Some of my favorites are:

  • Fruit Fiesta Chicken Salad
  • Not Really Cheese- Cheese Sauce
  • Wrap Me Up
  • Banana Bliss
  • Strawberry Lemonade and more

At the end of each chapter, there is a barcode that you can scan that will take you to YouTube to watch a video with more information related to that chapter.

Watch this video from Shari sharing her struggles and her story behind the book, If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure.

About the book:

Life can be hard . . . but food, faith, and fun are three amazing gifts from God to satisfy and refresh us every day. Yet all too often, we focus primarily on what we can not do, and what we should not eat—which leaves us feeling deprived and depressed. Instead of being energized by following Christ, we waste our days feeling bored and burnt-out on our faith, while battling the guilt that comes from craving the food that we love. In If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure, best-selling author and speaker Sheri Rose Shepherd encourages you to embark on a new adventure with faith and food. She reveals the food coaching tips that enabled her to lose over 50 pounds and keep it off, and shares fun recipes in celebration of the healthy, delicious food our God created for us to enjoy. It’s time to let go of guilt, grab hold of grace, and recapture the life God craves for us to live! “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8)

Read the first Chapter here.

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We are giving away THREE copies of this book to you, our readers.  Use the Rafflecopter form to enter this giveaway. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second video on how to enter!
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Jennifer is the Advertising and Communications contact here at 5 Minutes for Mom. When she is not busy answering emails here, you can find her sharing about her life on her own blog at www.jennifersikora.com. You can also find her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennifer_sikora or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jenandherfinelife.

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1 latanya January 9, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I want to learn more healthy recipes and how to rely more on God


2 Gina Hodges January 9, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I am interested in the recipes I have been on a cooking and baking kick and would love more healthy good tasting foods to try! I am also motivated to lose the last few pounds of weight I gained when pregnant and ate too much ice cream :)


3 Jessica To January 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm

It sounds like it has great recipes and is inspirational.


4 heather January 9, 2013 at 6:46 pm

The book sounds very interesting and I want to be more healty in 2013.


5 Kimberly January 9, 2013 at 10:38 pm

This sounds like it would go really well with my Lysa TerKeurst Made to Crave study I am doing right now!


6 Barbie January 10, 2013 at 1:30 am

I’ve struggled with my weight for years. This book seems very encouraging!


7 Jennifer Thomas January 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

I am trying to cook healthier for my family and make better choices for myself too.


8 Anne January 10, 2013 at 10:04 am

This book would be helpful in many ways.


9 Danielle January 10, 2013 at 10:17 am

I would love a copy of this book. Currently studying clinical nutrition; this would be a great reference on hand for future clients!


10 Charlene S January 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm

It sounds like a great book to read and it has recipes too, bonus.


11 Staci A January 10, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I’d love some fresh recipe ideas!


12 Sadie January 10, 2013 at 9:29 pm

I would like this book to check out some new recipes.


13 Jessica Z January 10, 2013 at 9:42 pm

I would love to try new healthy recipes !


14 michelle gilliland mcafee January 10, 2013 at 9:43 pm

This seems like it would be good for my health and my soul both.


15 Beth C January 11, 2013 at 8:42 am

I’d like this book because I realize I need to enjoy the gifts of rest and relaxation more and the recipes sound very good.


16 Brenda Smith January 11, 2013 at 9:54 am

I feel so dry and thirsty in my soul. I need it quinched.


17 Van January 12, 2013 at 1:50 pm

This recipe book sounds promising.


18 Marianne S. January 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I’ve lost 60lbs in the last year, and am trying to loose the last 25. That’s why I want to read this book!


19 Gina B January 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I’m obsessed with finding healthy eating substitutes for foods I like! This would be great for my family.


20 Cassandra Eastman January 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I’m trying to eat better and stay healthy this year, I would love to read this book and hear what she has to say!


21 angie January 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm

to offer myself and others a better diet


22 Angela E. January 14, 2013 at 8:59 am

To eat more healthier foods.


23 Brittany January 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

This is something I am completely interested in, I believe their is connection with everything we put into our mouths to eat and our health both mental and physical. Thanks for the chance to win.


24 clarissa January 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm

i love cooking and recipe books!


25 barbara n January 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I would love to win this book to learn more about the connection between faith and food


26 Jessica McAuliffe January 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I would love to win this book to find new ways of looking at food.


27 Darcey January 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I am 45 years old with 4 small children and I have noticed the pounds packing on. Lately stress has caused me to stress eat. I always ate what I wanted when I wanted and now that I have my last child, I need to know when to stop and how to stop giving into my cravings.


28 nicole January 14, 2013 at 7:16 pm

id love to share it with my readers, as i am on a 90 day blogger challenger and bringing items like this to them as part of my journey


29 Brenda S. January 14, 2013 at 8:36 pm

The book sounds very interesting.


30 Daniel M January 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm

finding it hard to eat healthier


31 Ginny January 15, 2013 at 12:41 am

I have a friend that would love this book. She has been sick for months now, on & off, so would love a pick me up!


32 Tanya January 15, 2013 at 9:27 am

I have two of her other books. They have really helped me when i have been struggling. I would love to win this book!


33 June January 15, 2013 at 10:32 am

To find out more about eating healthy.


34 nichol tone January 16, 2013 at 11:05 am

to see if it could give me some good ideas


35 Stacie Gorkow January 16, 2013 at 10:57 pm

I’m always looking for healthier versions tor recipes or ways to get the same flavor for less calories.


36 amyc January 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Would like to eat better and lose weight.


37 Angel S. January 17, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I am committed to making healthier choices this year!


38 Jessica T January 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Inspiration and good healthy recipes!


39 Lori D. January 18, 2013 at 11:25 am

Just want to try and stop being so tiered and lazy all the time.


40 Chuck January 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

The wife & I are always willing to try some new recipes.


41 Don January 21, 2013 at 10:22 am

I want to eat healthy & leave the junkie foods alone.


42 cathy henatyszen January 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm

it really sounds like a book filled with lots of valuable info, would love to read it for sure


43 Garrett January 23, 2013 at 11:40 am

I have some extra ponds to take off, so I would try these recipes.


44 emily l January 23, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I have cravings all the time and would really like to read this. Could only help! :)



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