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Made to Crave–not a diet plan

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Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food

by Lysa TerKeurst

When Lysa TerKeurst decided to get serious about losing weight and keeping it off, she consulted a nutritionist, was given a food plan, had weekly weigh-ins for accountability, and learned a lot about food choices and portions, but all of that is not what her book, Made to Crave, is really about. TerKeurst uses the weight loss challenge as an opportunity to reexamine her relationship with God; what she learned can be applied to other addictions as well. In her introduction she says, “God made us capable of craving so we’d have an unquenchable desire for more of Him, and Him alone. Nothing changes until we make the choice to redirect our misguided cravings to the only one capable of satisfying them. Getting healthy isn’t just about losing weight. It’s not limited to adjusting our diet and hoping for good physical results. It’s about recalibrating our souls so that we want to change—spiritually, physically, and mentally.”

This book is not going to be right for everyone as it tells of TerKeurst’s personal journey. She addresses the problems she confronts like stress eating, being comfortable with your body regardless of your size, and overindulgence. She ties her thoughts into appropriate Scripture references and includes sections at the end that collate the verses into one area according to subject. She also has “Healthy Eating Go-To Scripts” that are self-talk and Scriptures you can use to encourage yourself to stay the course. Each chapter ends with Personal Reflections that reiterate TerKeurst’s theme in that chapter and has questions for thought.

Is this the right book for you? That is a question only you can answer for yourself. As anyone who has ever tried to break the pattern of yo-yo dieting knows, it is not an easy or simple task. I would suggest that it would be one more tool in a Christian’s toolbox when trying to address the complex problem of losing weight. It is not an eating plan or a book that will “fix” your problem. To really work through this process requires soul-searching and hard work.

Rating: 4/5

Category: Christian, Nonfiction, Health

Notes: There is some humor sprinkled through the book. My favorite is her reference to removing her ponytail holder in a desperate attempt to make those scales go down. I can identify in my attempt to attain “data collection consistency,” right?

Publication: 2010—Zondervan

Memorable Lines:

We need a power beyond our frail attempts and fragile resolve. A power greater than our taste buds, hormones, temptations, and our inborn female demand for chocolate. Yes, the truth of who we are and the power to live out that truth—that’s what we need.

But I’ve realized when the desire for treats is triggered by difficult emotions, it’s not really a desire for treats—it’s a thinly veiled attempt at self-medication.

But pity parties are a cruel way to entertain, for they leave behind a deeper emptiness than we started with in the first place.


  1. WendyW says:

    Nice review, Linda. I can also relate to removing a ponytail holder to help with the scales!

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  2. This sounds like an inspiring book to read. About two decades ago I lost 72# and I had hair down to my butt. I remember cutting it to my shoulders thinking I would lose a pound. Nope, no change. 🤣

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  3. Gretchen says:

    This sounds like a book that could be helpful to so many people. Just having it pointed out that we were created with the capacity to crave so that we would crave God and His presence is astounding and I have been a Believer for many years.

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    • lghiggins says:

      I had not thought of it from that perspective either, but your comment brought to my mind Psalm 42:1 “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.” which substantiates her thesis.


  4. “Pity parties are a cruel way to entertain.” Self-inflicted cruelty and not-so entertaining.

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  5. Carla says:

    Hmmm, I wonder if this would help me? I am going to check this one out, I definitely need to get my life in order if I want to be around for many years to come. Thanks for sharing it Linda.

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    • lghiggins says:

      I am reading another Christian book about food triggers. They are different. I’m not sure which one is more helpful yet and of course everyone is different. Both have a Biblical slant but the one I’m reading now is written by a health coach.

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      • Carla says:

        I read the forward already and I like it. I am going to read it over the next week and try to really absorb the ideas and relationship to scripture.

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