Are you battling a sweet tooth? Discouraged because you love food that's bad for you? Shepherd says let go of guilt, grab hold of grace, and embrace a healthy life! Encouraging you to "taste and see that the Lord is good," she shares the Scripture, fun recipes, and practical tips that helped her lose 50 pounds.
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Review 1 for If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure: Experience Food, Faith & Fulfillment a Whole New Way
this book exceeded my expectations
Date:April 5, 2013
Tyndale House publishers sent me a copy of If You Have a Craving I Have a Cure by Sheri Rose Shepherd. I have only read one healthy living book by a Christian author, so I was very excited to jump in and learn some practical tips on healthy eating and living. This book focuses on fun and refreshing ways to be energized and healthy in both our body and spirit. There are also one hundred recipes that cover a variety of cravings you may have, from spicy to salty and even chocolate.
This is an incredibly quick read. There are about 200-pages, but 100 recipes, so the actual book is quite short. I liked that it was easy and quick to read, because it made reading the book manageable and enjoyable (I usually get pretty bored about half-way through a non-fiction read).
I really enjoyed the fact that Sheri focused on our relationship with God in this book. If you're going to read If You Have a Craving I Have a Cure, I'd recommend reading one chapter per week and actually engaging in the material. She gives you great tips to try, and the obvious point is that you should take your time and try them! I think if you engage with this book and use it as a practical tool in your life, you'll see results in every aspect of your life.
Finally, the recipes are really great. They are right up my alley because they include healthy, whole foods, but they are not difficult to prepare. The ingredient lists are also not too long.
Throughout the book there are many scripture passages, which is a great thing! My only problem is that when you take one verse from the Bible and make it fit in with what you're trying to say it can strip the verse of it's authentic meaning. If you are reading a verse in the book and you don't quite get the connection, please pick up your Bible and read the entire chapter surrounding that verse. It's important we don't quote scripture out of context, and that would be my one big issue with this book. It doesn't do that all the time, but sometimes it does.
One other thing I took issue with was a very small suggestion that Sheri makes. It might seem "nit-picky", but I have to say it because I'm a pastor's wife and it kind of hit a nerve with me. One of the suggestions Sheri makes in a chapter on change is that you may want to consider changing churches. She suggests that there are lots of great churches out there and you should not be compelled to attend just one. I think one of the biggest issues in our culture is that we tend to crave something new and fresh, and hop on the newest church trend as soon as it hits our city. We leave our churches so easily, without working out the issues we might have, or simply because we feel our church has become stale or too familiar to us. Please friends, don't take this suggestion too lightly. It hurts churches when we hop from one to the other without making lasting investments in our church community. You wouldn't leave your marriage as soon as it became stale or wasn't giving us exactly what we wanted, so why leave the church?
IS THIS BOOK FOR YOU?
If you're looking for a book to encourage you in your faith and health, I'd recommend this. It's not a book for someone who is looking for a quick-fix or revolutionary diet. This is a lifestyle book, and you'll need to have the basics of healthy living.
I also would say that if you're looking for a book purely on health, this book is not going to help you much. Sheri focuses a lot of time on spiritual health, so you may be disappointed if that's not what you're expecting (or pleasantly surprised).
If you love cooking and are looking for new recipes, the book is worth a buy for the recipes alone!
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Review 2 for If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure: Experience Food, Faith & Fulfillment a Whole New Way
This book was motivating.
Date:April 1, 2013
I wasn't sure what this book would be like. I like how the author points the readers' focus to God & His word. I am looking forward to trying recipes too.
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Review 3 for If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure: Experience Food, Faith & Fulfillment a Whole New Way
Date:January 16, 2013
“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.
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Review 4 for If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure: Experience Food, Faith & Fulfillment a Whole New Way
"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.
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Review 5 for If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure: Experience Food, Faith & Fulfillment a Whole New Way
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.