My Review of, ‘If You Have A Craving I Have A Cure’
Sheri Rose Shepherd is a Bible Life coach as well as an award-winning author of many inspirational books including the ‘His Princess’ series (a series designed to help women see themselves the way God sees them, as a daughter of the King). Sheri came from a life full of trials, not having become a christian until her mid twenties. You can imagine that after finally becoming a Christian how she must have struggled to let go of her past and see herself for who God made her to be, and not how her past made her feel. You can tell that after all she has been through that Sheri has a passion to help bring you out of the muck of everyday life and help you to not only see, but to become the person that God made you to be.
For some of us the struggles in our life can be as simple as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, both physically and spiritually. As Sheri puts in the her book ‘If You Have A Craving I Have A Cure’, “Too many times 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, as if following Christ were more of a burden then a blessing.” What is the real reason we give up on living a healthy lifestyle? It’s almost the same reason we give up on maintaining a healthy spiritual life with Christ. We feel the restrictions are too much and end up depriving us, yet we do not realize that there is so much more to gain from living a healthy lifestyle.
In her book Sheri walks you through the struggles we all face when trying to maintain our healthy lifestyles. Each chapter explains our struggles and counters them with healthy new life recipes for our lifestyles and healthy food recipes to replace those comfort foods in life we struggle to let go of. The new life recipes contain activities and sometimes even scriptures followed by prayers we can pray to help us overcome our struggles. I was excited with the thought of getting to reread this book and actually apply each of these activities to my own life. I was even more excited when I got to the recipes at the end of each chapter. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the recipes weren’t far off from food choices most people would make except that a creative change in a few of the ingredients made them healthier. There was even dessert recipes for chocolate truffles and chocolate dip!
What I found so inspiring was how Sheri used the food recipes to bring us closer to God and in doing so teaches us a whole new respect for the food we eat. She uses the chapter before, such as with the dessert recipes, to teach you ways in which you can still enjoy these sweet treats without over indulging in them. For example, if you choose to make the ‘Midnight Chocolate Truffles’ go ahead and ask your husband to make these together. And in the end of the chapter if you find yourself struggling with a craving Sheri gives a little reminder such as this, “No amount of riches can buy you peace of mind or a home in heaven”. To go even further the end of each chapter also provides you with a QR code that will take you to a site where you can find more health, weight loss, or kitchen coaching tips from Sheri Rose. She really helps you to see food in a new light by inspiring you with God’s word to take on the challenge to live a healthy lifestyle and enjoy it!
As a scripture she gives you in the beginning of the book puts it, “It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life.” -Ecclesiastes 5:18
-I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange of an honest review