My take on this book: I enjoyed it. It really opened my eyes up to the reasons behind why we want more of what we have and why we can't be satisfied. I even learned that when I think I'm satisfied, often I'm really not and I'm just telling myself I am. How we were raised and our life experiences do, in fact, play into our desires for more. The author uses humor so as not to make you feel like a total heel for having these desires. Yet at the same time, she's in your face about how to calm those things down. She points you to Jesus, which is the best part of this book. I feel like it is the kind of book you could share with anyone, Christian or non. It was a good read!
Waiting is painful. Feeling empty is painful. Sometimes, we feel as if the world is out there with nothing but emptiness. Sometimes we reach out to things or even other people to provide our happiness and to fill the void. In Marilyn Meberg's Constantly Craving: How to Make Sense of Always Wanting More, she tackles why humanity is longing and how we can control our desires.
Perhaps the most stunning example of longing that Meberg discusses is the longing for companionship and how we fulfill these needs. Meberg states that at the first signs of "love," a couple experiences mental phenomenons that produces feelings of elation and excitement. However, over time, these feelings are replaced by "normal" feelings that lead many couples to believe that they are no longer in love. This causes painful breakups, divorce, and the loss of potentially healthy relationships. By constantly seeking out "perfect" relationships, both men and women can find themselves at a loss, or at the constant craving of love and affection.
In addition to discussing the common desire for relationships, Meberg also tackles the idea of homesickness. She admits that home may not be a place that all of her readers wish to return to, but she suggests that all Christians are homesick for heaven, for "eternity." In the end, the only craving that matters is the craving for Christ. Overall, Constantly Craving is a great intro to controlling one's cravings and getting to the root of the pain that sometimes exists.
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CravingÃ¢â¬âan intense yearning. No matter what we have we always want moreÃ¢â¬âtime, excitement, peace, and sometimes coffee or chocolate. What do you crave most? Or, maybe the right question is why do we have cravings? According to Marilyn Meberg, these cravings lead us to the One who loves us the most. God gave us a yearning for more so we would seek after Him and find Him.
"Constant Cravings" helps us understand how to manage our cravings. With her wit and wisdom, Marilyn Meberg shows us how our cravings lead us to the One who seeks a relationship with us. Through her personal experiences and training in counseling, she teaches us how we can have more of the good things we need and less of the harmful things we don't.
" Perfect for devotional time or small group study, "Constantly Craving" will help you develop a deeper relationship with God.
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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
It seems like the world is constantly trying to convince us that we need more~ we are always craving for more. Marilyn Meberg is a Psychologist and uses her experience to help us understand our constant craving for more.
The part of the book I enjoyed most was when she said we marry either our father~ our mother or another caregiver. I realized I married my Grandfather when I married my Brian. He is so a carbon copy of the man that probably had the most influence in my life.
While some of the book seemed like a formula that many counselors hand out ~ I did enjoy the scripture applications and Marilyn's witty humor.