Constantly Craving: How to Make Sense of Always Wanting More

Constantly Craving: How to Make Sense of Always Wanting More

by Marilyn Meberg
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Constantly Craving: How to Make Sense of Always Wanting More by Marilyn Meberg

We want more. More peace. More excitement. More romance. More free time. More chocolate . . .

Our cravings are written into our DNA. They’re influenced by our childhood experiences. They’re driving the choices we make as adults. And often, they’re keeping us hungry. Never satisfied. Ever searching.

What do they mean? What are we to do with them? Should we feel guilty? Are there solutions?

Counselor and author Marilyn Meberg knows all about cravings. She also knows the One who knit us together, desires and all. With wit and compassion, Marilyn helps us understand our appetites, offers advice for managing them here on earth, and encourages us to eagerly await the day when we will find total satisfaction in heaven.

In the meantime, Constantly Craving is an excellent reminder that our desires for more can lead us to the One we really need, the only One who will quench our thirst forever. Really? Really!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400203550
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,314,566
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Marilyn Meberg is a captivating speaker, a coauthor of various Women of Faith devotionals, and the author of "I’d Rather Be Laughing and Choosing the Amusing." She lives in Frisco, TX.

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Constantly Craving: How to Make Sense of Always Wanting More 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
PaolaSevero More than 1 year ago
This is a book that speaks mainly os the reasons people are unhappy. They have these desires or longings, cravings and simply choose to ignore them and do other things instead, however difficult that is the way and then be happy. The author is a researcher of this effect on people's lives, and her years of experience have a lot to say about the will of the people, and what happens when they do or not their wishes. In both cases the result can be disastrous. The author treats all these facts with lightness and humor, she is gentle and knows how to treat seriously a subject so important to the lives of all of us, after all, our wills motivate our actions, and these define the life we ¿¿lead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book very insightful and would highly recommend using it as a resource for those who battle with disorders like depression, anxiety, substance abuse. It is a great resource to know that they are not alone in their battles and we all crave for more. I have used portions of this book when counseling others. I have never received negative feedback from something I've shared. I admire Maryilyn for reaching out to others through her writings in this book both from a professional and spiritual level. This is a must read for sure and as stated earlier... a reread ! Thank you Marilyn.
agendaiburumahtangga More than 1 year ago
A book that explains the itch of the soul to always wanting more and more of something. An eye opener that can make us understand more of our own craving in the soul. Understand and be at peace with the cravings is something possible to do. I am so blessed to read this book, and is sure to be one of those books that I'm gonna reread!
onkonk More than 1 year ago
In Constantly Craving author Marilyn Meberg tackles an issue so predominant in our modern society: the curse of always wanting, seeking, hungering for more and how this ceaseless drive can bring us to a place of always feeling shorted. Meberg, trained in psychology, explains that craving is rooted in childhood and can be a driving force for positive ends, but can also grow beyond our control pushing us to a place of never being satiated and always feeling unhappy. For such a worthy topic, this book falls short. I found it to be too simplistic and too laden with the author’s personal anecdotes. The text was just too flimsy for such a deep topic.
KCK_Blogger More than 1 year ago
This is not about food cravings or a self-help book to stop some kind of addiction. Constantly Craving is about our innate human craving for more in love, home, peace, time, purpose in life, friends, even revenge and others. Here Marilyn Meberg will help us understand that we will only attain complete satisfaction and contentedness in God. The need for more is part of our existence. When we were young, we want to be older, we have $10 we want $100. People who are already at the top of their career still wants to go somewhere. Happy people seems to still want more. It just goes on and on. Marilyn Meberg is a 72 year old counselor who also speaks at Women of Faith. She will explain the reasons why we constantly crave for more. She will share her personal and professional experiences and biblical scriptures to help us understand and manage our cravings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Constantly Craving, by Marilyn Meberg, is a book abour desire. We all seem to desire more of everything, and our society tells us to long for more than what we have. More peace, more romance, more excitement, more stuff... In this book, Meberg helps us to understand our cravings and dersires as well as how to manage and control them. She talks about the need for more in marriage, needing more romance, the yearning for meaning in life, and many other topics that tend to always leave us wanting more. I found this book to be full of great insight and truth from the author, but also found myself getting bored and wandering off in thought about other things. I enjoyed Meberg's encouragement throughout the book about how in heaven, there will be no more craving and desire: We will have the One who created us and who loves us more than life. I would probably recommend this book for people who find themselves not happy or who feel lacking with what they have. The book can help to put into perspective our cravings in life, and also make them manageable.
Obi-Wan-L More than 1 year ago
Constantly Craving explores the desires of our lives and how they point us back to God. Author Marilyn Medberg is counselor who speaks at Women of Faith conferences. As I discovered this, I wondered how an older (grey-haired) woman would speak to me. And while she does, obviously, write from a feminine view-point, what she has to say crosses age and gender gaps. Medberg looks at areas like romance, friendships, happiness, purpose, meaning and homesickness to look at what our cravings tell us. We all desire more (whether it be from something addictive or something good like happiness); God wired us this way for a reason. I appreciated Medberg’s professional insight as well as life wisdom that gave reasons for this. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
picnerd More than 1 year ago
It seems that in America these days there is an insatiable desire for more: more things, more friends, more experiences, etc. Have you ever stopped to wonder, "Why can't I just be content with what I have? Why do I want so much more?" The book Constantly Craving by Marilyn Meberg offers some good insight into the answers to that question. She tackles some of the deeper areas of longing we experience: love, marriage, purpose, and the meaning of life. She does point out though, "In this book I have not written about the most commonly discussed and socially apparent craving issues like alcohol. drugs, pornography, or gambling." Instead she focuses on the cravings of the heart from which these other cravings stem from. As I picked this book up, I was hoping for a psychological examination of our cravings, especially since I saw that she was a professional counselor. Instead I got some psychological examination and a lot of spiritual examination instead. Don't get me wrong, I think she was spot on with her evaluations, it just wasn't quite what I was expecting. In her book she points out that the true longings we experience are really for God and not for more out of life. Only through an encounter with God can we truly find contentment and joy. Our cravings will ultimately be satisfied as we spend eternity with Him. All in all I thought it was a very good, easy read and would recommend it to anyone who finds themselves dissatisfied or frustrated with life. I received a copy of this book from the publishing company and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed here are my own.
bookreviewer1977 More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Meberg writes like she speaks, with a lot of wisdom and a big dose of humor. One of my favorite lines from the book is included on the chapter about time and in a paragraph about aging. She says "Why do I have hip pain? Why are stairs a challenge one day and not the next? I can't believe the flesh waving from the backs of my arms. What is there to wave about, and why the exuberance?" Totally cracked me up. Her experience as a counselor shows in her writing, with lots of practical tips for facing challenges. I read this book straight through, but the chapters could definitely be read individually as they each address a different life challenge and don't necessarily build upon each other (with a few exceptions near the end and beginning of the book). It does come across a little disjointed when read straight through, but this is still a book that I will be keeping on my shelf to refer to in times of challenge or uncertainty. Topics covered include romance, marriage, friendship, happiness, finding more meaning in life, and finding time to do things. She does not address physical cravings, but emotional ones. At the end of the book she does note that she realizes that she hasn't written about issues such as alcohol, drugs, pornography or gambling, and urges people dealing with those issues to be reminded of how God feels about them by referring to the story of the prodigal son. Overall, I thought this was a nicely written book with lots of good tips and encouragement for life. It's not a long book or a challenging read, so if you're feeling unsettled or discontented with things in your life or just are wondering if there's something "more" out there for you, definitely take a look at this book. I received a copy of this book to review for myself as part of the Booksneeze book review program. I was under no obligation to post a positive review and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.
HappyJG More than 1 year ago
A good book is either original or fresh. I realized that last night reading Marilyn Meberg’s book Constantly Craving—which is a fine book from a wise woman, but not a good book. Here’s how I know: I did not highlight any passages. I did not pause to reflect. I did not race to the next page. I can’t, having read ninety pages today, remember any specific detail, fact, scriptural insight, or story that I might like to share with a friend or dissect in a blog post. It’s complicated because I didn’t find anything to fault in Constantly Craving. Like I said it is a fine, sturdy, likable book about the human desire for more, more of practically everything. Meberg’s voice is warm but not saccharine sweet. Her handling of the topic shows knowledge and experience. I liked the cover. But, looking closely, I realized my problems were two-fold: It wasn’t original. I’d heard this information before. It wasn’t fresh. I’d heard this information presented this way before. Rare is the original book, but not so rare as one might think. Writers do actually stumble upon completely new thoughts, thoughts arrived upon most often by connection (This is true and this is true—just look at what we see when we put them side-by-side!). More common is the fresh book, an exercise in perspective-shifting in which the author says what we know is true but says it in a way we haven’t heard with words upon which we have yet to overdose. A fresh perspective on even the most obvious of truths warrants a book. And I suppose that is why I wrote this post—to decide what warrants a book. Because I want to write books and I do not want to write bad books. Or even fine books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Constantly Craving by Marilyn Meberg is not at all what you would expect from a book of its title and with a cup of water on the cover. This book has nothing to do with physical food. And despite the whole first chapter being about dealing with our cravings for the elusive "more" of shopping, entertainment, new cars, bigger houses, and more materialism, this book is also not about those things. This book is not about dealing with our materialistic cravings. The book is about cravings for spiritual things. And instead of "overcoming cravings", this book is about satisfying relational and spiritual cravings. This is a very odd book. The first chapter speaks all about overcoming materialistic cravings, yet the rest of the book is nothing about this. Then this book launches oddly into the psychology of relationships in 4 chapters - barely touching on anything to do with God or Christianity. It's all about observing the human tendency of being disatisfied in one relationship and running to the next in a pattern of using other people. It's all about our need for human contact. It's pure psychology and mostly written for single people or disatisfied married people. Then just as oddly, this book breaks into chapters on being content. Then it switches to one good chapter on satisfying our spiritual cravings. But then it goes back to a weird chapter on revenge. Huh? How does revenge fit the topic of cravings/neediness? Then there is the mystical chapter on solitude - where the author chants "Jesus" endlessly in a form of "mindless meditation" - not a practice of normal Protestant Christianity. Even being a single woman, I found only the one spiritual chapter relevant to my life. All the rest is written for people struggling with personal relationships, cheating, unfaithfulness and always looking for the greener pasture. This book was odd and I feel I wasted a day reading it and it added nothing much to my life. I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for this review but I did really give my honest opinion
richieandcarts More than 1 year ago
Constantly Craving was spectacularly written by Marilyn Meberg. Meberg is a wife, mother, daughter, counsler, and child of God. She’s also a part of Women of Faith. We are constantly craving more and more in our life, even if we are content with everything. We crave more of love, family, forgiveness, etc. This book is very well written and makes you realize how much that we crave in our lives. We crave more for love and commitment from others even if we don’t give that love to others. We sometimes crave for forgiveness from others, even if we don’t grant others the same forgiveness. To truly be content in life we need to become and be a part of Christ. I’m glad I took the time to read this book and learn so much about myself and my faith with the Holy Spirit.
ebeau More than 1 year ago
Constantly Craving, by Marilyn Meberg is a must read for anyone who is craving more. Doesn’t matter WHAT you’re craving, we as humans are imprinted with this unquenchable desire for more. “Eve, of Genesis fame, was…the first woman in recorded history who did not want to be who she was or where she was….She knew she wanted more of whatever it was she didn’t have. Her craving for more was elusive and ill defined.” Her craving, and the consequences of her going looking for that more have left us all imprinted with the same elusive desire for more. Our cravings are written into our DNA and they influence our decisions. They often come from what we experience as children, but they leave us unsatisfied. Meberg details several of the things that women specifically crave more of, more romance, more contentment, more happiness. Then she humorously leads us straight to the One who can give us more; the only one who can truly satisfy our every craving; because, without really knowing it He is what we crave. Witty, funny and touching this book leaves nothing to be desired, but wanting more of Jesus.