"Experience food, faith, and fulfillment a whole new way," promises the subtitle of Sheri Rose Shepherd's inspirational new weight-management book, "If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure," (Tyndale, 2012).
As someone who definitely gets cravings, I was interested in what she had to share-especially after going from being fifty pounds overweight to becoming a beauty pageant queen.
No, not me. Sheri!
Although, I have never entered a beauty pageant, I certainly relate to Sheri's struggle with body image and self-acceptance.
Sheri's book is organized into fifteen brief chapters that address different types of cravings, such as "Craving More Energy," "Craving Something Sweet," and "Craving an Adventure."
"Too many times," Sheri says in her introduction, "we are so focused on what we are not allowed to do and what we should not eat that we end up feeling deprived and depressed_ We waste too many of our days feeling bored and burned out on our faith, while battling the guilt that comes from craving the food we love."
Rather than focusing on denying ourselves, Sheri encourages readers to focus on what they really want. Craving energy?
First Shepherd focuses on what she calls, "Soul Food." Try to let go of the need to control every little detail of your life and trust God. "For I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength," she quotes Philippians 4:13. Reading this reminded me of a time shortly after my fifth child, Asher had been born. I was taking our seven-year-old daughter, Ruth, who was in a wheelchair, from a doctor's appointment. Asher was dangling in a sling from my chest as I turned around to pull Ruth's wheelchair through a heavy glass door.
"You really have your hands full!" a couple on their way inside commented. "How do you do it?"
Instantly this same Scripture came to mind. It was all I could do to keep from blurting it out! Later I wished I had.
Sheri's other tips on increasing energy include the physical: exercise, staying hydrated, and eliminating excess. She then follows this with a short prayer and seven energizing recipes-including "Steak Supreme Salad" and "Cajun Jumbo Shrimp Kebabs."
Yum! With more than one hundred healthful recipes, this is a book you can sink your teeth into!
Sheri's book, which was provided free to me to review by the publisher.
"If you have a Craving, I Have a Cure" is the new paperback released by Sheri Rose Shepherd. This is the perfect book for New Year's. Each chapter has an opening story of her own life experience, followed by 'Soul Food' which is a bible verse and story to follow the verse. Then she adds 'New Life Recipes' which are not recipes for food, but steps to take to improve whatever area of life she is talking about in that particular chapter. She then has prayer and actual recipes to end each chapter. The recipes are healthy, but she doesn't get nutty about it. This book is a good one for someone looking to make suttle changes and to get a healthier lifestyle that is also obtainable for a long period of time. She talks about relaxation, sleep, salt intake, sugar intake, excercising, prayer, romance, adventure, etc. There are many aspects of life that relate to health besides the diet one. Shepherd trys to not only improve health, but also make it enjoyable as well as doable. I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishing Blog Network.
Sheri Rose Shepherd takes us on a journey with faith and food in her new book If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure. She provides us with many tips that she used to lose 50 pounds. Each chapter includes tips, ideas, scriptures and great recipes. Sheri also includes some gluten free and raw food recipes. So many of the recipes sound delicious and I cannot wait to try them!
This book was a very quick read and was very different than what I thought it was going to be. I had envisioned this book to be more of a biography where Sheri discussed her hardships and explained how she overcame them. Sheri did not dig deep into her personal life but instead provided information on how to overcome some of the struggles many of us encounter. For example, the second chapter provides information regarding rest and relaxation. Sheri talks about taking a vacation from our worries and giving our bodies the rest that they need. Recipes for this chapter include Potato Salad in the Raw and Corn Chowder.
Overall, I thought this was a good book that could be read as a weekly devotional. I think it would be fun to read a chapter each week and then try out the recipes. With the New Year quickly approaching, some may find this book helpful if they are looking to incorporate some healthy recipes and maybe even lose a few pounds.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House.