Did you enter today’s Cravings Blog Tour contest yet?

January 6, 2013 | Cravings

There’s still time to visit today’s blog tour stop: OSV Daily Take, where Sarah Hayes is writing about my newest book, Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God, and giving readers a chance to win a copy of the book and enter the raffle for the Williams-Sonoma $100 gift card.

You can enter the raffle once every day by visiting the different blogs on the tour. The full schedule is HERE.

Here’s what Sarah had to say about Cravings:

If you are like me (and millions of Americans), you have made at least a vague resolution to eat healthier in 2013. Perhaps you also want to deepen the connection between your physical and spiritual lives.

A new book — author and blogger Mary DeTurris Poust’s “Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God” (Ave Maria, $13.95) — can help you (and me) with those goals in a uniquely Catholic way. Poust, who has a regular “Foodie Friday” feature on her Not Strictly Spiritual blog, shares her personal journey with food — and those of other Catholics — to help readers understand how they can take a more balanced approach to eating. That includes reveling in a well-prepared feast with friends and family, as well as practicing the discipline of fasting, not to drop a few pounds but as a “simple act [that] can open us up in ways we never imagined.”

As someone who has read many of the books that have come out in recent years about Americans and our relationship with food — from Michael Pollan’s “Omnivore’s Dilemma” to Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” to Mark Bittman’s “Food Matters” — I particularly like how “Cravings” approaches eating from a Eucharistic vantage point. As Poust writes, “We eat of Communion so that we may live. We bless our spiritual food, say, ‘Amen,’ and silently reflect on the significance of what we have just consumed not only into our bodies but into our hearts. It is possible to give our everyday meals a similar sense of the sacred, thereby transforming food from something that fills us up into something that truly nourishes.”

One particularly insightful chapter looks at how monastics approach food in their communities… Continue reading HERE.

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