"Constantly Craving: How to Make Sense of Always Wanting More" by Marilyn Meberg is a good book, full of Biblical wisdom. It is a fairly quick read that keeps your attention.
Meberg deals with the topic of our constant desire for more-in our marriages, friendships, with our level of happiness, search for meaning in life, our time, and lack of contentment and forgiveness. She deals with each issue separately, all while leading up to the explanation that all that will truly satisfy is God and eternity in heaven. She puts things in perspective. She offers sound Biblical advice for living our earthly life to the fullest, all while knowing that God is the only One who will fulfill us, and not completely until heaven.
I considered the book a little disorganized and perhaps a somewhat random, but nonetheless, still a good read for personal growth and perspective. Meberg is honest, witty, encouraging, and uses great down-to-earth examples. It is obvious that this book has been written by a very wise person who has learned a great deal about life through Scripture and experiences. It is a good resource for anyone who struggles with contentment.
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I agreed to read this book for Booksneeze in exchange for a review. If you want to read a good self help book on addictions and addictive behavior, I would not recommend this book. She takes many bible verses out of context. She states that people have cravings because they are living outside of God's will. This is simply not true. God says that He works through our weaknesses. We are only humans. We have cravings for many reasons but to believe that cravings are brought about because of childhood issues, to me that's ridiculous. I was especially displeased that she pulls Bible verses and tags them to support her opinions. I had high hopes for this book, I really thought this was going to be a good read, but when I actually started reading it, I was disappointed. It's not that it's a bad book; I was just hoping for more.
I would not recommend this book to anyone, because I don't really understand who this book was intended for. Obviously it is a Christian book, but I don't really understand the purpose of the book.
Constantly Craving How to Make Sense of Always Wanting More: by Marilyn Meberg
Marilyn Meberg speaks each year to 350,000 women at the Women of Faith conferences, and is the author of many books. This is where I first was introduced to Marilyn Meberg I won tickets to a Women of Faith conference and I loved all the speakers. Marilyn was one of many of my favorite speakers I enjoyed hearing from. I chose this book because I really enjoyed reading Tell Me Everything. I was not disappointed Constantly Craving was a great read. Marilyn explains the cravings that humans have and the desires that we want to fill. I loved the book. The book had some funny moments. Like when Marilyn points to a decorative pillow that reads I only have a kitchen because it came with the house. I could not stop laughing. Marilyn really shares with you her cravings and she makes you also think about your cravings. She also touches on wanting more of God, and what God desires for us. I truly recommend that you pick up this book and read it. I guarantee once you do you will not put it down. Thank you Marilyn for making me think of my own cravings and asking God to change my mind.
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In her book Constantly Craving: How To Make Sense Of Always Wanting More, Marilyn Meberg acknowledges and addresses the cravings in our lives that guide our activities, our hopes, our dreams, and our disappointments.
Our lives are filled with cravings. We are consistently craving more out of life. We crave happiness, contentment, romance, and revenge. We are constantly, consistently craving more out of life, even if we are unwilling to give more of ourselves.
Through her teachings within this book, Marilyn helps us come to understand that many of the cravings that seek to guide our lives come as a result of childhood experiences, experiences that leave us unsatisfied, experiences that leave us wanting more of something and sometimes more of anything.
Marilyn's objective is not to show us how to remove these cravings completely from our lives, for this in itself is an impossibility. Marilyn wants us to understand that the underlying cravings within our lives stem from the absence of the powerful presence of God. While our cravings will not subside until we are, for all eternity, within the presence of God, He can help us move into and through them as they invade our lives.
Because of the wonderful message this book brings, this is a recommended read all the way.
When I read the title of Marilyn Meberg"s book, Constantly Craving, I was hoping it would help me with my constant craving for food when I wasn't hungry. Although that is not one of the topics covered in her book, I did enjoy Constantly Craving.
Marilyn talks about our different cravings: for excitement, romance, contentment, meaning, purpose, revenge, and heaven. She discusses where some of these develop. For example, our cravings for love are related to our early emotional experiences in our family. In her discussion about contentment, she states that it is "characterized by not wanting more than we have." The biblical definition of contentment also involves being content even when we have less than what we ought. Paul addressed the topic in Philippians 4:12 "I have learned the secret of being content in any situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength." That is a difficult concept to internalize in a world that stresses instant gratification and attainment of material goods.
I think the bottom line for all of our cravings, desire for contentment, and homesickness is HIM. God created a God-shaped space in us that can only be filled by Him- not things, people, places, homes, etc. So when we are craving that something we think we need, we should turn to Him to fulfill us with prayer, the reading of His Word, and fellowship with other believers. Ultimately, Marilyn says that "It is He and He alone who will totally eliminate all our cravings-but not until we're home with Him in heaven. As long as we're here on earth, we can only experience partial craving solutions." I am looking forward to going home!
I have seen Marilyn Meberg speak at a Women in Faith conference and enjoyed it very much. Her book is similar to her speaking-very friendly and likable. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÂ®.com <http://BookSneezeÂ®.com> 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.