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The Newest Gnostic Christian Diet

Lysa TerKeurst's 'Made to Crave comes' dangerously close to suggesting that food is bad.

There's a long history behind Lysa Terkeurst's bestseller, Made to Crave,recently out from Zondervan. All jokes about "Calorie Baptist Church" and attendance-boosting potlucks aside, American evangelicals have long worried about weight, health, and food. Early writers of Christian diet literature felt that God couldn't be glorified in fat bodies, nor could souls be effectively won for Christ by overeaters. Recent contributors to the conversation reject this view, but not the conviction that food and eating are spiritual issues.

Made to Crave falls within this tradition, but unlike other programs, it specifies neither what to eat (a la The Maker's Diet or What Would Jesus Eat?) nor how to eat (a la Gwen Shamblin's Weigh Down Diet). Instead, it aims to be "the missing link between a woman's desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen." It's message is simple: Instead of craving food, crave God.

Much in this book will appeal to readers. TerKeurst's writing ...

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Posted:March 15, 2011
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