Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Book Review: Constantly Craving: How to Make Sense of Always Wanting More by Marilyn Meberg

Constantly Craving: How to Make Sense of Always Wanting More by Marilyn Meberg is an intriguing look at how we as humans are created to crave. I really enjoyed Marilyn's perspective as she looked into this topic. She brings a nice balance of wit and gravitas to the subject of human craving. She weaves her thoughts with a nice mixture of grace, eloquence, and sharp wit; the combination of which made this book a very enjoyable read.

With anecdotal evidences from her own life- as well as those she has known or counseled -, Constantly Craving shows some various aspects of craving and the way it plays itself out in our lives. The stories range from light examples - though "light" there are some deep meanings to be taken - like swinging on Warren G. Harding's porch swing, to forgiveness and genocide in Rwanda.

The chapters are short, but potent, which makes it perfect for a devotional-type book or for a small group study. One aspect I found missing was more application to do with these intense cravings in the light of scripture. I felt that each chapter was very explained and thorough until this was approached.

I would definitely encourage someone who is restless to read this book, especially if they are trying to make some life changing decisions. They may understand for the first time that they are experiencing cravings that all of us face. It might help them to put words to their feelings to be able to communicate with those they love. 

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their 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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