I am late to the party in reading Made to Crave. Obviously, its popularity and best-seller status speaks volumes about how it has resonated with readers all over the world. No doubt, Lysa Terkeurst hit a chord with this truth: We are made to crave.
In the book, Lysa is transparent with her weight loss struggles, sharing very personal mishaps riddled with boxed brownies and homemade pizzas. The writing is light, heart-felt, and entertaining. There are also some passages that absolutely cut to the core and provoke teary-eyed head nodding in affirmation of a kindred spirit.
Realizing there wasn't a book on the market that addressed what she struggled with the most, the "want to" of losing weight, Lysa pitched an idea to her editor and began a journey that resulted in a study about food rooted in scripture. I believe she got much, much more than she bargained for. Although Lysa did reach her goal weight, this isn't a diet book. It's a book about replacing the God-made hole inside of us with anything except Him. That might look like sex, drugs, food, alcohol or maybe even what others might consider "good fillers". Yet, if anything serves as a temporary filler for God, it will eventually leave the person empty and burn a path of destruction.
Lysa writes something to the effect of, "Dare to set your toes on the path of victory determined by your very next choice." I appreciated this statement because at times, the whole picture can be extremely overwhelming. One step at a time is digestible and translates into the day to day race called life.
I could personally relate to this book on multiple levels and found the weaving of personal stories, biblical truths, and thought-provoking questions helpful. If you are looking for a book that digs underneath the surface and into the heart of the why behind the what to get to the want to, this might be a gold nugget find for you. I will say, you need to be willing to do the homework and process the information. It's not a quick read if you want the information to resonate and grow roots.
For me, it was a 5.
I downloaded this book on Audible.com and found the reader's voice to be pleasant and uplifting.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.