Mary DeTurris Poust is an author, columnist, journalist, speaker, and blogger who has written for dozens of Catholic and secular publications. She is the author of Walking Together, Everyday Divine, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Catholic Catechism, and Parenting a Grieving Child. Poust was a senior correspondent and contributing editor for Our Sunday Visitor newspaper for fourteen years and her award-winning monthly column “Life Lines” has been published in Catholic New York since 2001. Poust also writes about family, faith, and the spiritual journey at her own blog, Not Strictly Spiritual. She has worked for the dioceses of Metuchen, New Jersey, and Austin, Texas, as well as the Archdiocese of New York, where she served as managing editor of Catholic New York. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and three children.
Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and Godby Mary DeTurris Poust
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In this first book on the topic written from a Catholic perspective, award-winning writer Mary DeTurris Poust offers personal, hard-won wisdom on the complex relationship between food and spirituality.Mary DeTurris Poust draws on the rich appreciation of meals she first gained at the tables of her childhood in an Italian-American family, leading readers into reflection on the connections between eating, self-image, and spirituality. Like Geneen Roth in Women, Food and God, but from a uniquely Catholic point of view, Poust helps readers spot ways they use food to avoid or ignore their real desires--for acceptance, understanding, friendship, love, and, indeed, for God. Poust draws from scripture and the great Catholic prayer forms and devotions to assist readers in making intentional changes in their use of food. She also offers reflections on fasting, eating in solidarity with the poor, vegetarianism, and the local food movement.
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I thought, as I picked up my copy of Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God, by Mary DeTurris Poust, that it would be a pleasant read (the author is an impeccable writer) that I would then pass along to a few people (which I will) and then move on. After all, I do not have an eating disorder. I've only recently been able to gain weight. (Don't throw things. I can't help it.) What I found, though, was not a book that was about recovering from an eating disorder. What I discovered within this book was a mindset that points to how disordered we are. This book gave me a "Theology of the Body applied to life" sort of jolt. Everything we do with the physical impacts us spiritually. Without balance in eating--something we have to do, something we often want to do, but something we so often treat as incidental--we lose balance in much of the rest of our life, from how we relate to people to how we focus on God. DeTurris Poust is a masterful journalist, and that's how she weaves interviews throughout this book in a way that's fascinating and inspiring. But she's also someone who's been there, who continues to struggle, and who has found a Catholic response. What makes this book great is how DeTurris Poust bares her heart and shares her struggles. She's not the poster child for weight loss or being the perfect eating family. She's a Catholic wife and mom who continues to struggle. She's a woman who has found peace...and it's not on the scale and, in fact, it doesn't even involve the scale. The peace comes from a healthy relationship with that thing we do during so much of our waking time--eating. This book isn't just wonderful for the theory it presents. Oh, no, you'll find practical solutions to...well, to the fact that you rush through breakfast and can't stop snacking all afternoon and wondering what exactly you ate for dinner. She doesn't give you a diet or a top secret "follow these seven steps to healthier living" list. Instead, you'll find within these covers a challenge to embrace your faith, which means including your eating habits as part of your faith life. Wait a minute. Whaaaa? Yes. Really. When's the last time you looked at your Cheerios and coffee as a chance to have a sacred moment? How often do you pause and NOT multi-task during your dinner? A snack is fine...but is it for your body or your mind? After reading this book and considering my own life, I have to say this: I have a disorder. We all do. It's called sin. It infiltrates everything, and yet...and yet, we need look no further than our own Catholic faith to find redemption. Mass is a meal. A meal! Yes, I knew it before. But the way it's drawn out in this book is truly wonderful and was, for me, a unique viewpoint It was not in a hammer-over-your-head experience, but more like the gentle melting of an Andes mint in your mouth. There's a lot of good in this book, so much that I suspect this will be one of the top gifts I give close friends and family in the coming months. My copy's sure to get beat up (and accidentally lent to someone who won't return it, thus necessitating another copy).
"Cravings will leave you satisfied." This book addresses issues with food, low self-esteem,spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Shows you ways to improve your life with food and God. Prayer, mindfulness, and meditation are essential for all of us as we walk this path. At this point, most of us have tried everything but the one thing that can truly change us: God. When we shift our focus away from our false perceptions and onto the love poured out for us in the person of Jesus Christ, we begin to take those first steps away from the path of sel-hatred and self-destruction, out of the darkness and into the light of life. Each chapter follows with questions to ask yourself and meditation. This is an example: Meditation We are so willing to believe the negative voices that echo in our hearts abd head, the labels that make us think we can never be good enough, the words that cut like glass. But our God has called us by name. Our God holds us, treasures us, loves us without conditions. Is that enough for us? "Thank more and need less." This is a book for all to read and apply to your everyday life. I was given this book from Ave Maria Press.
Good practical & spiritual based guidance without being preachy.