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Posted August 15, 2012
I admit it. I'm not one to follow the trends. If anything, I'm the one
standing on the sidelines, smiling to myself. Just because it's popular
doesn't mean I have to buy/read/eat/sing/whatever it. That's why when
Lysa TerKeurst's MADE TO CRAVE (Zondervan, 2011) debuted and hit all
kinds of best-seller lists, I waited. "It's probably not all that
good." "The author has a huge network." "Gotta be a
combination of savvy marketing and the right book at the right
time." Or maybe it's biblical, contemporary, life-shaping, fresh,
and poignant --like its younger sister. Today's review covers the YA
version of MADE TO CRAVE, written with best-selling author Shaunti
Feldhahn. As the mother of young adults and as someone who writes for
them (often through the pages of SUSIE Magazine), I try to stay in touch
with YA literature. I rarely see anything as well-written, targeted,
focused, and practical as MADE TO CRAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN: SATISFYING YOUR
DEEPEST DESIRES WITH GOD. Although the original book addresses the food
cravings many of us battle, this version speaks to the physical,
emotional, and material cravings that grip young lives in huge ways.
Topics range from body image to inappropriate means of seeking approval
to tough issues like promiscuity and alcohol abuse. Neither author is
afraid of stark statistics or the kind of transparent sharing that
breaks down walls. The book moves forward with just the right blend of
biblical truth, personal anecdote, and directed challenge. Lysa and
Shaunti are not finger-pointing church ladies but big sisters coming
alongside to offer hope and help. The practical steps they suggest
include directed journaling, Scripture memory suggestions, and wholesome
activities that will help readers retrain their minds and reshape their
hearts. I doubt I'll ever leap onto the next trendy bandwagon, literary
or otherwise. But a book that says more than, "Just stop it"
in its effort to help young adults recognize their cravings as idolatry?
That's a trend to follow. Right away.
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