Have you ever thought to yourself, “If only I could put on those skinny jeans, my whole world would fall into place and put a permanent smile on my face”? In her new book, Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food (Zondervan, January), popular author and speaker Lysa TerKeurst calls this the curse of the skinny jeans. Just because we’re wearing smaller-sized jeans doesn’t mean we are happier, more content or more fulfilled. And when those cupcakes and chips start calling our names with their promises of sugary highs and salty pleasures, we gain the weight back and the vicious cycle of gaining, losing and gaining again continues.
Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. The reality is we were made to crave. Craving isn’t a bad thing. But we must realize God created us to crave him. Many of us have misplaced that craving by overindulging in physical pleasures instead of lasting spiritual satisfaction.
“God made us capable of craving so we’d have an unquenchable desire for him, and him alone,” says Lysa. “Nothing changes until we make the choice to redirect our misguided cravings to the only one capable of satisfying them.”
Women struggling with unhealthy eating habits can break the “I’ll start again on Monday” cycle, and start feeling good about themselves today. Lysa, in her conversational style, helps women learn to stop beating themselves up over the numbers on the scale. “We need to define ourselves by our obedience, not a number on a scale,” says Lysa. “The scale does help measure our progress, but it can’t tell us everything.”
Readers will discover that weight-loss struggle isn’t a curse but rather a blessing in the making, and will learn how justifications that lead to diet failure can be replaced with empowering go-to scripts that lead to victory. Made to Crave plus a healthy diet plan will lead to a healthy weight goal—and growing closer to God in the process.
This is not a how-to book. This is not the latest and greatest dieting plan. This book is the necessary companion for women to use alongside whatever healthy lifestyle plan they choose. This is a book to help women find the “want to” in making healthy lifestyle choices.
Food can fill our stomachs but never our souls.
Possessions can fill our houses but never our hearts.
Sex can fill our nights but never our hunger for love.
Children can fill our days but never our identities.