I’m delighted to be today’s stop on the blog for Mary DeTurris Poust’s fantastic new book, Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God, just released by Ave Maria Press. I’ve already reviewed Cravings, and you can find my review here.
In the meantime, I’ve posted some wonderful remarks from the author herself. In looking toward this Blog Tour, I asked Mary to share with me an interesting anecdote about the writing/editing/production of the book. Every book has such a story or two (or three…) behind it. Here’s one about Cravings in Mary’s own words.
“I guess I’d have to say that I am always amazed at the way the Spirit works. I don’t know why this continues to surprise me at this stage of life, but it does. Slow learner. Thank goodness the Spirit is patient. I started out with this book from an intellectual place. Yes, I’ll look at the connections between food and faith. I’ll interview “experts.” I’ll quote research. It took about 500 words for me to realize this was not going to come only from an intellectual place but from a deeply spiritual and personal place.
I have said that this book was a gift, and it really was. I hope others will feel the same way, anyone who has ever felt “less than” because some aspect of themselves didn’t measure up to the picture they have in their mind. And I think that’s an awful lot of us. When I say that this book is a gift, it’s not because of something special that I’ve done but because of how God brought other people into my life and opened up doors to places I hadn’t been in a while and really didn’t want to revisit. I knew if I wanted to do this book justice, I had to be honest and open and vulnerable and true.
So I laid it all out there, for better or worse. Some people connect immediately; others struggle with the fact that I’ve never been seriously overweight, as if that disqualifies me from these issues, but it doesn’t. The one thing I hope Cravings gets across is that it doesn’t matter what size you are, even if you are the perfect size, if you don’t understand that you are beloved by God exactly as you are at this moment, you can end up allowing the number on the scale to be the measure of your self-worth. I continue to take my own advice.
Recognizing that we are beloved isn’t necessarily a one-time venture. We often have to relearn it over and over, maybe every day. As people in 12 step programs know, sometimes this life has to be lived one day at a time, and so it is with self-image and diet and weight. Every day we have to begin anew, look ourselves in the mirror, and embrace the reality that we are loved exactly as we are. When we do that, we can move beyond the cravings to a place of wholeness.” ~Mary DeTurris Poust, author of Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God
My thanks to Mary for tackling this difficult subject from such a frank and thoughtful perspective. As I said in my review, I approached the book from the standpoint of a writing colleague and left it from the standpoint of a transformed reader. You’ll want to experience that transformation, too, and I urge you to purchase two copies – one for you, and one for a friend. You’ll both be thankful that you did. The links for ordering Cravings on Amazon and Barnes & Noble are below.