Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Blog Tour: Made To Crave (Review)

Let's be honest....do you crave chocolate more than God? Do you feel like you've won the battle with those skinny jeans but lost the war with food?

If you answered yes to either of those questions, then Made To Crave by Lysa TerKeurst might be the study for you.

The study is designed to help women examine the spiritual component to their physical struggle with healthy eating. It taps into the desires God gave women to consume food without letting food consume them!

What I Thought
If there's one word I could use to sum up Made To Crave it would be authentic.

Lysa TerKeurst has created a book and companion Bible study that captures a woman's desire to crave God more than chocolate (or carrot sticks).

I liked her writing style and tone. Reading this book is like sitting down with a good gal pal and chatting over a cup of coffee.

I love that it has a companion dvd Bible study & participant's guide. I can totally see a woman's small group or even a teen girl small group using this study to focus on deepening their relationship with God.

The DVD showcases TerKeurst's teaching style - which seems to be just as warm and inviting as her writing style. TerKeurst opens each session with a "behind the scenes" chat - to engage the viewers, then segues into the teaching session in front of a life studio audience.

The participant's guide provides students with a place to write notes from viewing the movie and an extensive list of questions to promote either a discussion in either a one-hour or two-hour session. It also unpacks the lesson a bit more with five days worth of questions that the user can complete as a personal Bible study.


I think you could get a lot out of reading the book - and answering the few questions at the end of each chapter. However, I think women could really benefit from participating in the group study - because I think there's something about the accountability factor for a group study that makes you completely immerse yourself into the questions/material.

I plan to pass it along to our woman's Bible study leader - I can totally see this as the next "short term" study for women of all ages.

About the Author
Lysa TerKeurst is an author and speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, TerKeurst has led thousands to make their walk with God an invigorating journey.

TerKeurst wrote the book Made to Crave from the perspective of a woman who has never craved a carrot stick in her whole life. Having struggled with her weight her whole adult life, TerKeurst knows what it feels like to be in the vicious cycle of gaining and losing, but never feeling at peace in her struggle.

Everything changed when TerKeurst decided to have her deepest desire met by God not food. Now, armed with the spiritual motivation she gained in her own journey, she is inspiring others to find lasting victory.

As a nationally known speaker, TerKeurst has been passionately teaching women God’s truths for years. TerKeurst’s personal adventures of following God led to appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The 700 Club, USA Today newspaper, Woman’s Day magazine, and Focus on the Family radio.

Today, TerKeurst and her ministry team at Proverbs 31 Ministries encourage more than 375,000 women through their daily online devotional. In addition, she co-hosts a one-minute inspirational radio program aired on more than 1,200 stations around the world. Plus, she touches hearts through their monthly magazine, P31 Woman.

TerKeurst’s blog averages more than 70,000 avid readers per month. She is the award-winning author of 14 books, including her newest releases, Made to Crave and Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl. 

Other noteworthy books include What Happens When Woman Say Yes to God, What Happens When Women Walk in Faith, Capture His Heart, and Capture Her Heart.



More About The Study
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 more of him. Many of us have misplaced that craving by overindulging in physical pleasures instead of lasting spiritual satisfaction. 

If you are struggling with unhealthy eating habits, you can break the "I'll start again Monday" cycle, and start feeling good about yourself today. Learn to stop beating yourself up over the numbers on the scale. 

Discover that your weight loss struggle isn't a curse but rather a blessing in the making, and replace justifications that lead to diet failure with empowering go-to scripts that lead to victory. You can reach your healthy weight goal - and grow 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 you to use alongside whatever healthy lifestyle plan you choose. 

This is a book and Bible study to help you find the "want to" in making healthy lifestyle choices.

About the DVD series:
If you want to maximize your experience and bring these teachings to life in a way you’ll never forget, you’ll want to order the full set of resources. 

Adding the DVD teaching series and the workbook will motivate you to get healthy without feeling deprived, lose the weight in a permanent way, and find the peace your body, mind and soul desires. This DVD study can be done in a group or by yourself.

Online Resources
Purchase the resource bundle - through Proverbs 31 Ministries - at http://madetocrave.org/purchase-resources/

Get the companion 21-day devotional ebook - available right now for free at Amazon. 

Buy Made To Crave at Amazon.com

Visit TerKeurs's website & blog here!

Follow the Blog Tour here!

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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