Craving Grace: A Story of Faith, Failure, and My Search for Sweetness  -     By: Lisa Velthouse
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Craving Grace: A Story of Faith, Failure, and My Search for Sweetness

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* Growing up, Velthouse was a poster child for the perfect Christian who did everything she could to earn God's "okay." But when her best wasn't enough, she began a search to discover what is. How God breaks through her empty goodness reveals the surprising depth of our sin---and the stunning wonder of his grace! 224 pages, hardcover from SaltRiver.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: SaltRiver
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414335776
ISBN-13: 9781414335773

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For Lisa Velthouse’s whole life, Christianity had been about getting things right. Obeying her parents. Not drinking. Not cursing. Not having premarital sex. Vowing to save her first kiss until she got engaged, even writing a book called . . . well, Saving My First Kiss. (This, it turns out, does not actually help a girl get a date.) Yet after two decades of trying to earn God’s okay, she found her faith was lonely, empty, and unsatisfying. So she turned to more discipline, of course: fasting! By giving up her favorite foods—sweets—Lisa hoped to somehow discover true sweetness and meaning in her relationship with God. Until, one night at a wedding, she denied herself the cake but failed in such a different, unexpected, and world-rocking way that it challenged everything she thought she knew about God and herself. Craving Grace is the true story of a faith dramatically changed: how in one woman’s life God used a bitter heart, a broken promise, and the sweetness of honey to reveal the stunning wonder that is grace.

In Craving Grace by Lisa Velthouse, the author takes readers on a literary journey to illustrate that despite challenging circumstances, Christians should always keep the faith and realize that their rewards are not here on earth but with Christ.

Do you ever feel like God forgets about you? Perhaps you read your Bible, give to charities, serve as an inspiration to others, and persistently work hard at your job every day. However, you see no tangible rewards from God. In time, you begin to feel cold and neglected. You often question if you are actually a failure. Indeed, Lisa Velthouse herself found it difficult to understand the difference between a gift of grace from God and a more practical award for service. As a result, she decided to seek God's insight by engaging in a special time of praying and fasting that she called The Honey Project.

The reason fasting became an important part of Velthouse's religious turnaround was because she had an epiphany at a drive-through restaurant. The car ahead of her had a Christian bumper sticker on its back, and she thought that the car’s driver was seeking self-glory. To her shock, however, when she pulled up to pay for her order, she was told that the person in the car ahead of her had secretly paid for her lunch and then had driven away, seeking no recognition or thanks. It was at that instant Velthouse understood something: Someone else had paid the price for her. And by that, she didn’t just mean the person in that car ahead of her, but Jesus Christ himself, in his sacrifice for her salvation. From then on, she starting using food metaphors, from fried chicken to natural honey, to engage readers in lessons about the sweetness of grace and God’s love.

By drawing on her experiences as a youth leader and by pulling up flashback stories from her past, the author explores with her readers a variety of ways to be more obedient to the Lord, more faithful in service, and more optimistic in attitude. At times the stories become a bit long in the tooth, but overall they have good applications, particularly for women ages 25 – 55 who are busy with families, careers, and church duties. This is the type of book that be picked up and read in sections at various times, offering some insights and encouragement along the way. – BreAnne Adderly,

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  1. Oregon
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lots to chew on...
    November 26, 2011
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    just posted the following with a link to this book on my FB page...

    Just finished reading 'Craving Grace' ~ took a bit to get into but then I could not put it down. Now that I am done, a lot to ponder.

    Grace, so simple and so complicated all at the same time.
  2. Oklahoma City, OK
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    August 20, 2011
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    Oklahoma City, OK
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Craving Grace by Lisa Velthouse was not what I expected. I am not sure what I was expecting, it may have been from my oversite on the cover of not seeing the fact this book was a memoir. The writing in this book is captivating and pulls you into the story, many of these instances any of us can relate too. Admittedly I struggle to get into this book in the beginning, where I wanted more information I was not finding it, and in other cases I did not want to continue but the more I read the more I wanted to know about how the fast turned out. By the end of the book I did not want to finish the story. Velthouse brings an insight on topics I had never considered, and being one of those people that always tries to follow the rules I easily related to her. By the last two chapters I did not want the story to end, and when it did I craved to know more, I hope for another book to come about the communal fasting of the members on the farm and to hear from not just Velthouse but also those accompanying her on the fast and their experiences.

    Craving Grace is exactly what the cover claims 'a story of

    faith, failure, and my search for sweetness' many times we forget to look at the sweetness of grace that God has granted us. Craving Grace has opened up that idea and pushed me to wanting to understand that grace more fully and instead of attempting to always do what I am supposed to but to remember the grace that God gives us.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    savouring sweetness ~
    August 19, 2011
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    how do we move from knowing about God to knowing God? by more diligence, more duty, more effort? or might it be by spending time together pursuing relationship?

    are we craving God - craving God as Grace?

    or are we pursuing performance - our own?

    savour the sweetness of 'Craving Grace' as Lisa Velthouse invites us on her spiritual journey into flavourful tastes of new ways of living...
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 16, 2011
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Craving Grace appealed to me, someone who does not often read memoirs, because of the author who wrote it. Years ago I read Saving My First Kiss, and the news about Craving Grace mostly circulated around the fact that she didn't save her first kiss as she had promised to. I wanted to know why; not because I was upset about it, but because I wanted to know what changed the girl who had passionately written about saving her first kiss. What had happened in her life to cause a need to discover grace once again?

    Lisa Velthouse delves into the details of her life pre kiss book and post kiss book, discussing and dissecting her emotions and feelings and, most importantly, her perception of God. It's an interesting account filled with moments of hilarity, passion, sadness, and confusion. It's real life, and time after time I stopped mid-chapter to sigh and consider how similarly I've felt in my own walk with Christ.

    It is only through much heartache and turmoil that Lisa discovers what grace is really about, and what the God who gives it freely is really like. It's a touching, inspiring story, and even if you're not big into memoirs, I'd give this one a shot anyway.
  5. Wisconsin
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Craving Grace
    July 11, 2011
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I received a complementary copy of Lisa Velthouse's Craving Grace through the Tyndale Blog Network. Craving Grace is Velthouse's personal memoirs of her life as a Christian, trying to do what she thought was the right thing to please God. She wrote a book called "Saving My First Kiss," and spoke about saving herself for her future husband. She tried many other techniques to make herself feel like she was a perfect Christian, such as fasting, but always failed in the end. Eventually, we follow her journey to love.

    While I enjoyed the story of Craving Grace, I found it a little bit hard to follow. Velthouse jumps around in time, and I would personally have liked it better if it was chronological. She has a charming amount of humor about her life and what she has been through to get where she is that I found refreshing. All in all, it was a good book.
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