Welcome to the Made to Crave book study going on right here on The Journey blog! (Why this book? Read my post from a few weeks ago by clicking here.)
How do you study a book on a blog? Well, I’m glad you asked! We will all read the book together, two chapters a week for 10 weeks. I’ll write a post here each Thursday, sharing my thoughts about the reading and answering some of the questions at the end of each chapter. It’s pretty simple.
As with any study, you get from it what you are willing to put into it. If you read along, think through the questions and participate in our online discussion, you will get a lot out of the study! If you just read what I have to say about each chapter, you will not get as much out of this study. The chapters are fairly short, usually 8 to 10 pages. As with anything we talk about here at The Journey, please join at the level you are comfortable with and move from there.
Here are the levels of involvement you can choose:
- You can be a full-fledged member of this study by reading the book and actively participating in discussion about it. There are three ways to join the discussion:
- Add comments on this blog. Each week you can comment after my weekly post is up. These comments will be public.
- Join a closed Facebook group. I created a private group for this book discussion. I have to approve members, and those who aren’t members cannot see what is posted in the group. This provides a level of privacy if you want to post something that you would rather not be public for all the world to see. (You can request to be added to the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199943643515672/)
- If you have a blog, you can write up a post on our assignments and link in the comments here or in the private Facebook group for others to go read. The level of privacy will be determined by you and your blog settings.
- You can read the book along with us and keep all of your thoughts to yourself. We won’t even know you are here, but it might provide you some accountability for getting through the book and processing how it applies to your life.
- You can skip reading the book and just read the weekly blog posts. You might not get as much out of the study, but you will still gain some understanding of the book and maybe make some application to your life. This is a good choice if you don’t have time to read the book.
As I stated a few weeks ago, this subtitle of this book is “Satisfying your deepest desire with God, not food.” I realize not everyone at The Journey shares my faith in God, but I don’t want that to turn anyone away from doing this study. I will not be “preaching” at anyone, and I hopefully will not make anyone uncomfortable. I will join the author of the study by sharing about my faith and how it has influenced my journey to getting healthier. I think you will be able to gain something from this study, regardless of your religious beliefs.
I am excited about going through this study with you all! So, who is in? Questions? Leave a comment below or message me on Facebook through The Journey. We love your messages!
Assignments to be completed before September 12:
- Choose your level of participation. Depending on your level, move on to #2 and #3.
- Read the Introduction and Chapter 1.
- Join the private Facebook group. I will have to approve all requests to join the group.
P.S. If you live in or near Rochester, Minnesota, Jessica will be involved with an in-person study of this book at her church. You will even get to include some workouts with her! How cool is that?! (See here for their fall kick-off info or talk to Jessica through The Journey.)
Joining after our start date? Here’s the links to all of the posts in our book study:
Chapters 18 & 19
Cori is a wife, mom of three and random writer who is learning how to take small steps towards big goals. She tends to be an all-or-nothing kind of person, but a journey to learn how to run (something she always hated) has taught her a lot about gradual, slow change.