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Food is definitely one of my loves: and definitely a love language of mine.  Comfort food is definitely a food group – and I love to eat anything I can eat with a spoon.  I love to cook and I love good food. And I love what people think of me when I’m thinner and I hate walking around in shame when I’m heavier.  And its a topic that no one will ever mention in the church because gluttony is not near as bad as pornography or lying.  We live in an odd society.  But, sin is sin and sin is dangerous.

And unfortunately, it has been a difficult love to master all of these years.  I do not remember a time when food: and the power of it, has not played a significant role in my life.

Some things that we love we can do without (especially if they are an idol in our lives).  But, we have to eat to survive.  And then if I’m on a diet I think about food too much, how much I’m consuming and of what – then all I do is think about it.

Catch 22 huh?

Well, Asheritah Ciuciu has tackled this issue and has done it in a winsome, gospel-centered way.  It is encouraging to find a book about food and your heart: not about chemicals, calories, and protein shakes and exercise.

She addresses by her own story, truth of the Word, and effective communication the freedom that we can have in Christ when we bring our need for help in this area to Him.

“The trigger isn’t isn’t bad, but it can derail our efforts to find fullness in God by lulling us into old bad habits.  When facing one of these situations, we have the choice to either turn to food or cry out to God to fill us instead.” 

She talks about triggers (stress, baking for others, shopping), and she talks about our need for the Holy Spirit to be our “Dietician” who can help us more than any diet plan can.

If you have ever had a poor relationship with your heart and food, or know of someone who could use this – please just leave a comment and Side Door Communications is giving one away to one of you.  And they sent me my book for reviewing, all opinions are my own.

8 Responses

  1. Tanya Niewedde

    I have a friend I would love to read this with!!

  2. Rachel Moss

    The battle with using food as the Comforter is a constant struggle. I would be interested to read this book.

  3. Stacy G Rist

    I would love to read this!! I’ve struggled since middle school with my shape and size, then my actual weight as I got into my late teens and every since. The struggle is real and it is warfare! Lord help me honor You better in this area!!

  4. Peter Mosher

    As am man this is something I could definitely use. Weight has always been an issue for me. However, I have been able to compensate or more like ignore it as a real issue as I am incredibly strong. Most people do not see me as obese; but strong just needing to loose a little weight. There is a saying you can’t out work your diet and it is true. You also can’t out work your genetics. Both of which I have accepted. So all that is left is diet. I love good food but have put so much junk in my body it is hard to tell the difference. I think a Big Mac is just as good as 36oz tomahawk ribeye.

    A few years ago we did the paleo thing and ate well and enjoyed it; however at the end of the day our budget can’t handle the grass fed meat. It can also be time consuming to prepare good food. Nor do I want to make my family’s diet so weird we can’t enjoy food with our friends and those in our community group.

    What I am left with is the emotional attachment to food, which men do not talk to each other about.

    • Kimberly

      Pete – thank you for sharing. I think it is not talked about at all with men – especially in the church. I often wonder what men who struggle with food think about it. Thanks so much for sharing just a bit of yalls story. Hope yall are well. And I hear ya about budgets and grass fed beef!

  5. Misty Hiller

    I would love to read it and will look for it whether you send it to me or not.