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Book Title: Made to Crave Video Study: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food|
The size of the: 784 KB
Date of issue: January 18th 2011
ISBN 13: 9780310671541
The author of the book: Lysa TerKeurst
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:There were a lot of things that I found problematic in this book, but the most important one is this: TerKeurst makes weight loss a spiritual journey in which the dieter grows closer to God by denying themselves (certain) foods. There is nothing wrong with turning to God in prayer for help in achieving a goal, nor is there anything wrong with denying oneself something for spiritual purposes--like fasting. But I think there is a danger in trying to put those two things together. Fasting isn't about weight loss and failing on a diet doesn't mean the dieter lacks faith in God. And, of course, it completely ignores the fact that weight gain isn't only a function of emotional eating (which is the only mechanism for weight gain that TerKeurst acknowledges). People gain weight for lots of reasons and not all of them have to do with the number of calories eaten.
The book wasn't all bad. TerKeurst does a really good job of emphasizing that losing weight will not solve all the other problems in people's lives. If someone isn't happy right now, they need to work on that first (or at least at the same time). She has a nice conversational writing style that makes the book quick and easy to read, and she does a great job sharing her own personal struggles in a genuine and meaningful way. She also has many moments where she starts out saying something that is really helpful, but then she slides back into one of her more problematic themes.
Throughout the book, TerKeurst claims Satan tempts dieters to eat unhealthy foods. Since eating those foods isn't actually a sin, she ties it to her belief that weight loss is a spiritual journey, so Satan tempts you with Oreos to destroy the special relationship you'll develop with God if you keep losing weight. Towards the end of the book she actually talks briefly about the fact that junk food is made to be addictive, but then she went right back to tying one's desire to eat it with temptation from Satan. If Satan is playing a role here, it seems to me that role would be in the greed demonstrated by the companies who intentionally create food that is not only nutritionally void, but also incredibly unhealthy. And then they compound that by doing everything in their power to make sure customers actually become addicted to their products. Satan isn't tempting dieters (and others) to eat some McDonald's french fries; McDonald's is doing that with chemicals added to the product to give it an enticing aroma everyone can smell from inside their car as they are driving past.
Several reviewers have discussed their annoyance with her repeated referral to herself as a "Jesus Girl". There is a lot of high school cheerleader-esque vocabulary in this book, but I didn't find that nearly as bothersome as her frequent comparisons between weight-loss and sexual purity. Just like girls need to be extra vigilant to preserve their purity on prom night, dieters need to be extra vigilant around Oreos. Seriously. That is creepy on so many levels.
I also think she really misses out on the opportunity to point out that the best foods for health are those which God provides. Whole, natural, unprocessed foods are what will keep people healthy--not chemical junk food creations, heavily processed packaged foods, genetically modified foods, or antibiotic and hormone laden CAFO meats and dairy products.
But all of these other problems are minor in comparison with the first. Conflating weight loss success with one's relationship with God is extremely dangerous in light of the fact that well over 90% of people who lose weight gain it back within a few years. Other Christian writers who have tried this in the past have later recanted. It's too bad TerKeurst didn't learn from their example.
Read information about the authorLysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author of 18 books including The Best Yes, Unglued, and Made to Crave.
As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa and her team connect with millions of women a day and can help equip you to:
• Make the Bible come alive whenever you read it.
• Discover how to develop inner peace and security in any situation.
• Replace doubt, regret and envy with truth, confidence and praise as you grow in your relationship with Jesus.
• Stop unhealthy cycles of striving and learn to love who God made you to be.
• Sense God responding to your prayers.
Lysa was recently awarded the Champions of Faith Award and has appeared on Good Morning America, the Oprah Show and the Today Show multiple times as one of the leading voices in the Christian community.
Each year, Lysa is a featured keynote presenter at more than 40 events across North America and is passionate about eradicating Biblical poverty and renewing people's desire to study God's Word. In addition, she hosts Proverbs 31 Ministries’ annual She Speaks Conference which has helped thousands of women gain the tools they need to pursue God’s calling on their life.
She and her husband, Art, reside near Charlotte, N.C., with their five priority blessings named Jackson, Mark, Hope, Ashley and Brooke.
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