I have really been wanting to focus on the hold food, particularly sugar, has on me. I have been a little perplexed why the American churches haven’t addressed the topic of gluttony, since it is something many are struggling with. We love our food, and in many ways, I think we love the memories that we have when we’ve gathered around a table of food. Sometimes it’s those memories that drive us to eat way more than we should.
In the past week, I have really thought about the words that Circiu shared. She wrote about how when she was stressed or tired or a myriad of other things, she would often turn to carbs or food, in general, to soothe her. Her reasoning was the same as mine. “After all, I deserve it. It’s been a hard day.” However, she was convicted that she was turning to food in these times of stress or hard times instead of Jesus. Each time I go to reach for a cookie, I think of her words. Am I wanting that cookie just because I am mindlessly self-soothing after a long day or can that cookie send me running to Jesus instead. I’m proud to say that many times, it has sent me running to Jesus asking for restraint! I had to laugh when she shared that she lost weight without being consumed by a diet. I’m having that same experience! It’s amazing how food reminds me of Jesus now and I see my struggle as a good thing instead of as chains holding me down. Not giving in to the temptations of sweets isn’t easy and I don’t always succeed, but each choice I make to resist makes each step easier and easier.
Full is a book that I definitely recommend for every single person. Freedom from food can be found in Jesus alone. We don’t have to live our life fixed on food. This would be an excellent small group book or a women’s study. It offers lots of opportunities for transparency, which is a good thing!
I received this book free from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.