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Just a few weeks ago, I walked into Target and there they were.  You know what I’m referring to….that first little area in the woman’s clothing section beckoning all eyes to stare upon (cue music: dun, dun, dah!) the bathing suits. Oh, so cute all lined up in neat little rows.  A gorgeous variety of colors that spoke of sunshine and chlorine.

There was a problem with my vision, though.  Prior to wearing a bathing suit, I hope to, well, get in shape. January and February typically bring a swirl of thoughts regarding starting the new year off right by exercising and eating more healthy foods by many people, and I’m definitely no exception.Then, with pregnancy well upon me, at 33 weeks, let’s just suffice it to say that food is sounding good practically every minute of the day.

Enter “Made to Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst.  The subtitle of this book is “Satisfying your deepest desire with God, not food.”   If you know me at all, you know that I’m a foodie.  And not ashamed of it.  Not fast food, not junk food, just good-tasting food.  Dessert. Ah yes, I love dessert. Rarely eat it, but love it.

So what is the problem with food?  What is the problem with food, especially in America?  What is the problem with food in Christian circles, where obesity is more prevalent than ever and our bodies are far from being treated as the temple of the Holy Spirit?

Lysa poses the question: Has food become more about frustration than fulfillment?

“This book is not a how-to manual or the latest, greatest dieting plan.  It is a helpful companion to use alongside whatever healthy eating approach you choose- a book and Bible study to help you find the “want to” in how to make healthy lifestyle changes.”

We were created to crave. We long for contentment in all areas: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.  So why is food such a battle area?  Because it becomes a replacement for our true desire: a close relationship with the Heavenly Father. It is a vice.  And one that Satan is using to render many Christians ineffective for the work they are called to do.

I highly recommend this book to all facets of eaters.  Those who have abused food in various methods, as well as, those who have replaced their cravings for spiritual relationship with any substitute, whether food or another issue. Head on over to the Made to Crave site for a sample book chapter and loads of other helpful information!

Beginning June 9, 2011, GROW will be offering the 7 week Ladies’ Bible Study Course on Thursdays at 8 pm.  Location TBA; but mark your calendar now! You won’t want to miss a single week.

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