"Constantly Craving" by Marilyn Meberg is a thought provoking book discussing "How To Make Sense Of Always Wanting More."
As Marilyn points out in the book we have this need to always want more, it is like a craving inside us, something we are born with. We are always looking for more; thinking it will make us happier and it does for awhile but then when that good feeling vanishes or we become accustomed to it, we are looking again. Whether it be a better job, more in friendships or love, we are never satisfied.
According to Marilyn we need to start by realizing what God's purpose for our lives is. When we figure that out we will be able to understand our sense of craving fully.
I highly recommend this book! Marilyn brought out so many things I had not even thought about. It will help you understand that feeling of always wanting more that constant craving.
I received this book free from Book Sneeze a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc. as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Where a collection of reviewers harped on the fact that this book does not focus enough on what the cover leads one to think it to be about (physical food), I think that Mrs. Meberg addresses a serious, serious topic -- holistic discipline.
It's no secret that our society loves the discipline of food. Eat well, fast well. But I just had a lengthy conversation with a friend about how much disciplines overlap one another. Food and relationships and even study of the Word they are all linked together. And when you progress in one area, you naturally progress in another ... furthermore, when you progress in one area, OTHERS naturally progress in their own journeys.
Anyways, enough of my own thoughts and more about the book and the authors. The author is a counselor by trade, and the book displays that. She breaks off into physiological discourse from time to time (and she includes very little theological or exegetical research). It reads more like a journal of thoughts, comprised of someone who has wrestled with Scripture and a wide variety of people who struggle with a lack of discipline (not just food, but consumerism and marriage and work and so on).
Why are we always craving? Why are we always wanting MORE than we have right now? Why are we standing at the well, drawing small buckets -- when we have water, everlasting, standing before us? That is the message that Meberg is after and it is a serious question that needs addressed in our busy, unsatisfied culture. The book would probably best be fleshed out within a group of people, as it is only surface deep most of the time.
This book was provided to me free for review, though I did give my own honest opinion.
The short chapters make this book an easy read that doesn't take much time out of the day. Overall it is inspirational and I would recommend it.I thought this was a well written and very inspiring story written by an exceptional woman that has been gathering up all this information... This book encouraged me that even in my seasons of pain, hurt, and even with levels of unbelief, I am still loved and usable by a God who desires to use these things to minister to others. I am learning, actually just starting to learn how to let go and allow people to serve.
I have not wanted to put it down. I have been excited about starting my morning with my book while curling up on the couch... Ive fully and abundantly in daily life by being thankful for the gifts that come from God's grace, no matter how small.
I am inspired to live more fully in this kind of gratitude.
I am a fan of the WOf team. I went to one conference and loved it. Shelia Walsh and Marilyn are my favorites. But I did not like this book that much. I found it too wordy and not enough substance. I really enjoyed, What to do when the roof caves in and was looking forward to a new book. This book seemed to me to be about contenment. We are so busy thinking that if we had more things, a better house or a better job, are lives would be perfect. We need to take a good look at ourselves and see that we already have abundant lives. I felt that this book was trying to tell me that. I just wish it had been a little more to the point. I found myself reading it twice to get the heart of it. Maybe this is because right now, I'm trying not to crave so much in my life. I guess it was just a matter of reading the book at different time in my life. I still would recommend it to someone to read.
Mrs. Meberg addresses many aspects of craving in her book and, as her subtitle states, tries to "make sense of always wanting more." So talks about wanting more in romance, marriage, friendship, time, wanting contentment and happiness, and wanting to find more meaning in life. With each subject, she mentions why we crave more of it. She ends her book by talking about finding more in God's purpose for our lives, the one place we should crave more.
Overall, I think Mrs. Meberg had a good message but it wasn't one that I could relate to very well. I had a difficult time getting into this book. She did a great job at adding humor and personal stories but the subject matter just didn't appeal to me.
If you are looking for a good book for a small group study, this would be a great book. Even though I had a difficult time getting into the book, I was still able to glean a little bit.
(I received a complimentary copy from BookSneeze for my honest review.)