Sunday, April 15, 2012

Book review: Constantly Craving

I've had the great opportunity to attend a couple of Women of Faith events, and at both had the great blessing of hearing Marilyn Meberg. She's a hilarious woman with a strong faith and her words were always convicting and encouraging.  So when her new book, Constantly Craving, popped up on the Booksneeze site, I immediately asked to review it. Here's a bit about this book, from the publisher's website:

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!
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 and encouraging them to not miss the party that God wants to throw in their honor. 

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. 

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself as part of the Booksneeze book review program. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.