Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Book Review ~ I'll Start Again Monday by Lysa Terkeurst (Part 2)


Title:   I'll Start Again Monday by Lysa Terkeurst (Part 2)
Pages:  160
Date Published:  January 4, 2022
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson


Have healthy eating plans left you feeling defeated? Based on her bestseller Made to Crave, Lysa TerKeurst offers a new perspective to all those stuck in the cycle of losing weight and then gaining it back, equipping you with the deeper spiritual and emotional motivation you need to make lasting changes.

So often we characterize our food cravings as bad, especially when dieting has made us feel even more disappointed and discouraged. But the reality is we were made to crave. We just need to realize God created us to crave more of Him instead of misplacing that craving by overindulging in physical pleasures and unhealthy choices that will never truly satisfy.

In the midst of her own personal struggle with this, New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst invites us to embrace a new outlook that leads to enduring change. In this newly revised and condensed version of Made to Crave, Lysa encourages you to:

Break the cycle of "I'll start again Monday" and start taking steps toward consistency that lasts
Stop agonizing over numbers on the scale and make peace with your body
Replace rationalizations that lead to failure with wisdom that leads to victory
Reach your healthy goals and grow closer to God through the process
This is not a "how-to" book. This is not the latest and greatest dieting plan. This is the necessary resource to use alongside whatever healthy lifestyle plan you choose that will help you find your "want to" and lead to a spiritual satisfaction that goes far beyond the physical.
My Thoughts:
I read this book as part of a month-long study with Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies.  I really enjoyed the daily encouragement I received as part of the OBS (Online Bible Study) and have already signed up for the next one!

I was a little bit sad to actually finish this book.  I wish that it was a 365 Day Study instead of a 30 Day Study.  I definitely learned a lot about myself while taking the time to absorb each and every chapter, a little bit at a time.

I want to leave this study by remembering the following from Chapter 16 of the book:

1.  God created us and told us to be faithful with the bodies we've been given.

2.  The Holy Spirit empowers us to make lasting change.

3.  Jesus lovingly guides and guards us as we walk with Him, moment by moment, choice by choice, day by day.

There was so much in this short book that I could quote and recommend.  So many "nuggets" of wisdom and encouragement are contained within its covers.  Here are two of my favorites from Chapter 18:

"Jesus girls aren't made to get stuck in a state of defeat."

"We were made to walk on paths headed toward victory."

Yes.  We are!  Victory, here we come!

I bought this book to read with the OBS and am so glad I did :)

Onto the next book :)

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