Monday, February 7, 2011

Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst

WoW want a series!  I was so excited when I was accepted to do this Made to Crave Tour.  I received the book back in Dec. However, the participant's guide and dvd didn't come until this past Wednesday. I've had the book read for several weeks now.  It was awesome.  I wish the study guide and dvd would have come sooner so I could have worked them along with the book.  Anyway they are awesome too.  I had to hurry through them and not do the weekly sessions and take my time, but I will go back through them again and use them as they were intended to be used.

Lysa is absolutely excellent on the dvd sessions.  I had to cram them in in three days instead of 6 weeks as was intended.

Main theme through the whole book and series is We as women are made to crave God not food.  Boy is it stressed.  Lysa explains that we must fix the foundation before we can fix the upper part that is broken.  It isn't he How-to, but the Want-to that makes the lasting changes.  We must keep focused on who we are in every situation.  We need to learn to control the food and not let it control us.  Lysa gives weekly assignments in her sessions.  They are outlined in the participant's guide as well as her outline on the sessions.  You are able to jot notes and keep tabs right in the participant's guide. Lysa also stresses this isn't a diet book, but the missing link between the diet plan you choose and reaching lasting success.  It is a spiritual commitment, a journey.  We need to choose a diet plan and exercise program that we will actually do.  Lysa tries to get her viewer to grab ahold of the thought that God is magnificent and we should desire to crave Him not food.  He wants us to depend on Him daily; He wants to be our portion.  Victory is made by the choices that we make and we can have the victory if we choose wisely.  God wants the best for us.  Also in the participant's guide are six daily sessions to do on your own following through what Lysa discussions in the sessions. 

In the book, each chapter ends with pa personal reflection.  We learn that there are lessons to be learned and perspectives to be gained when we embrace healthy choices.  We need to learn how to consume food, which is permissible and beneficial, without it consuming us.  Food was never meant to fill the deepest places of our heart....that is reserved for God only.  We tend to tie our happy to the wrong things.

This was an excellent study and I highly recommend it.  Now that I have it all I need to go back through it the proper way.  I encourage you to go to the Made to Crave web site and probe around.  There are many videos to watch and things to look at.   I do trust that you'll consider letting Lysa help you in Craving after God and not Food.  

Sign up for a FREE webcast with Lysa based on her new book: Made to Crave. For more information, click here.

**Also – today at Amazon the Crave God companion study (21-day devotional) is FREE for KINDLE: I’m not sure how long it will be free!  click here to download

Blog tour schedule:

and DVD

Just because a woman finally fits into her skinny jeans doesn't mean she's won her battle with food. Too often, women overlook the spiritual component to their physical struggle with healthy eating. Made to Crave taps into the desires God gave you to consume food without letting food consume you!

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. 224 pages. Companion Bible study DVD set also available.

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.

The Bundle is only available through Proverbs 31 Ministries, so click here to order!

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, Lysa has led thousands to make their walk with God an invigorating journey.

Lysa 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, Lysa 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 Lysa 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, Lysa has been passionately teaching women God’s truths for years. Lysa’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, Lysa 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 1-minute inspirational radio program aired on more than 1,200 stations around the world. Plus, she touches hearts through their monthly magazine, P31 Woman. Lysa’s blog averages over 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. Visit Lysa's website for more info and to visit her blog!

About the giveaway and party:

Lysa is throwing a Made to Crave Party on February 8th! Made To Crave Party on Facebook!

During the party Lysa will chat with guests, host a trivia contest or two, and give away lots of other fun prizes (copies of Lysa’s other books and, iTunes & Starbucks gift certificates) – including a live Author Chat with Lysa for your small group!

Don’t miss the fun! Lysa is looking forward to learning more about you – so be sure to stop by Lysa's Facebook Author Page on February 8th at 5:00 PM PST (6 PM MST, 7 PM CST, & 8 PM EST).

Link to buy the book

**Also – today at Amazon the Crave God companion study (21-day devotional) is FREE for KINDLE: I’m not sure how long it will be free!  click here to download

A copy of Made to Crave, Participant's guide and DVD was provided for this review by litfuse

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