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  1. Constantly Craving: How to Make Sense of Always Wanting More
    Constantly Craving: How to Make Sense of Always Wanting More
    Marilyn Meberg
    Thomas Nelson / 2012 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    why we crave and what will ultimately fill us
    February 28, 2012
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Humanity (Eve) once had perfection and wholeness. It was lost and now we long for it. We think we can find it in romance, accomplishments, possessions, etc. Maybe it is just a restlessness, an itch for something more. We are just not satisfied.

    Marilyn identifies that longing in this book. She names it so we can understand it and investigate its possible fulfillment. She looks at how the cravings express themselves and how we can better understand them.

    First is romance and its stages. She looks at how our cravings (for touch and others) affect the marriage relationship.

    Next is our longing for contentment and how Paul learned to be content. After that, Marilyn writes about happiness and enlarging our capacity for happiness (developing an attitude of gratitude). She explains our need for intimacy, how friendships include our willingness to help in time of need, and how we can mentor others.

    And who doesn't want more time? She encourages us to take the time to do the right thing, including time with the Creator.

    We crave meaning for our life. We will only find ultimate meaning by placing our hope in God. "He is our inner significance that provides meaning for all we do." (87) Knowing God and loving others gives meaning to life. Marilyn gives suggestions for clarifying your sense of purpose. She reminds you that ultimately only God can satisfy your craving for meaning and purpose.

    And what about craving revenge? An unforgiving spirit is a heavy load. Confession is a necessary practice.

    Sometimes we long for the familiar, the comforting, the security of what was.

    Ultimately, Marilyn says:

    "Why do we have cravings? We're homesick.

    Homesick for what? Heaven.

    Homesick for whom? God." (132)

    Only God will totally eliminate all our cravings and only when we're home with Him in heaven.

    Should we just give in to our cravings? It's easier. Marilyn reminds us that as long as we are still on this earth, we will be faced with cravings and the temptation to take the path of least resistance. Don't forget how much the Father loves you and encourages you to do.

    I was a little surprised by this book. I guess I was expecting something humorous (as some of the Women of Faith books are). But this is a serious topic and I can tell Marilyn feels deeply about it. This is not a book with "how to" suggestions. Only God can fulfill our longings and we are encouraged to trust in Him.

    I received an egalley from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting Read
    February 28, 2012
    Reviews4U
    In her book "Constantly Craving", Marilyn Meberg explores cravings such as romance, more from marriage, contentment, happiness, friendship and more meaning in life. Marilyn writes, "My goal in writing this book is to help you learn to live in the balance of a life that does not always meet your expectations - and a life that may sometimes exceed your expectations." I believe that "learning to live" in the balance is so key. All of us have cravings but ultimately our time on this earth will prove that we will never be truly satisfied. Our relationship with the Lord is where we will find true contentment.

    For those of you who are not familiar with Marilyn, she is a seventy-two year old Women of Faith speaker and an author of several books. Her career includes a professional counseling practice. I have never heard her speak but parts of the book made me laugh especially when she talked about her desire to go zip-lining.

    I think the author made some interesting points throughout the book and that it was a good read. It does make you think about some things in life and what is truly important.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  3. Eugene, OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    How To Understand and Deal with Our Inner Cravings
    February 22, 2012
    samcivy
    Eugene, OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    Marilyn Meberg, trained in psychology, presents a positive view of our inner cravings. She says they are normal but can be out-of-control. For example, we crave excitement and variety that may push us into extreme pursuits. She explains the deeper source of over a dozen cravings and the importance of understanding their true purpose.

    The craving for romance is a two-step process. When first stage highs wind down people may rush into a different relationship, not realizing they could enter stage two, the lasting love they actually desire.

    We crave more from marriage because we long for the cradle where someone met all our needs. We may slowly realize other humans are not capable of meeting every yearning we have. This particular craving is also a desire for God, who can and wants to meet all our needs.

    We long for contentment, happiness, friendships, more time and more meaning in our lives. Meberg's approach to these and other cravings is encouraging and informative.

    She points out one negative craving, the desire for revenge and offers help to deal rightly with that issue.

    Meberg is a much-published writer and a speaker at Women of Faith conferences. In Constantly Craving, she often shares personal anecdotes and writes profound ideas worth remembering.

    Meberg is a much-published writer and a speaker at Women of Faith conferences. In Constantly Craving, she often shares personal anecdotes and writes profound ideas worth remembering.
  4. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Left Craving
    February 21, 2012
    Cherie Hill
    Quality: 5
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    My hopes were dashed with this book after chapter 4. Up until chapter five, I thought this book would probably be one of the most powerful books I've read in a long time. But something happened, a disconnect of some kind. Marilyn Meberg, a Women of Faith speaker, delves into the cravings we have in life. The first being our craving for love, romance, marriage. I was astounded at her insights and found a powerful and profound message within those four short chapters. But then the rest of the book seem scattered. I felt that the chapters should have stuck with the "Craving" venue which would have been more powerful to the reader. (i.e. "Craving Contentment, Craving Happiness, Craving Friendship, Craving More Time, Craving for Meaning, Craving Purpose, Craving Solitude, Craving Freedom from Unforgiveness, Craving Home/Heaven/God.) My example sums up what the book is really divided into. Several chapters should have been placed into one.

    I'm not sure what happened after Chapter four, the author alludes to having to take a break for her daughter's wedding and grandson's sixteenth birthday, then returning to meet a deadline for the book in a week. Quite possibly this had something to do with it, I'm not sure. (I hear this ALOT from authors with a contract, they are given the subject matter and then a deadline, they write without much heart, but out of necessity) But the rest of the book got off topic far too much and didn't gleen much insight into the "reasons" we CRAVE, as the book's message is supposed to present. We all KNOW QUITE WELL what we Crave. What we don't understand is the "why." The first four chapters presented quite well the "whys" for craving love and romance. The other chapters wandered off too much into personal narratives that took you too far deep off subject. By the time you returned back on topic, although I didn't find myself on topic throughout most of the chapters, you were confused about where you left off. The personal narratives were just too much. I CRAVED to understand more about me and my motivations to CRAVE, I longed for what the book was supposed to present. Unfortunately, it feel short for me.

    Truthfully, I filled about two paragraphs of notes that I'm taking from this book. One of those paragraphs is several Scriptures that I found powerful and pertinent. After Chapter four, I found the authors own words to be unfortunately prophetic, the message within the remaining chapters of the book "became meaningless because there was no inner significance to it all."

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.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 [...] : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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