If you build it, they will come.
If you build it, they will come.
I don’t know about you, but right about now I could use a tribe, a group of like-minded folks who want to band together for support on the journey. I was thinking recently about ways to reinvigorate some of my spiritual and physical practices—from regular prayer and healthy eating to more exercise and less distraction—and I decided I’d commit to practicing what I preach and work through one of my own books, Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles Food, Self-Image, and God. Then I thought about how much better this would be if I could do it as part of a group, or maybe even lead the group, or at least serve as Cheerleader in Chief. Read more
This week I had a great conversation about food, self-acceptance, and spirituality when I hung out on-air with Allison Gingras, host of Reconciled to You. It was such a fun interview, and I loved getting the chance to revisit my book Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God. After talking with Allison for an hour, I think I need to re-read my own book! And make a date to visit with her in person because I think we were separated at birth, even if I’m way ahead of her on the age trajectory.
If you missed the show, you can listen to the podcast here:
“It’s braver to be Clark Kent than it is to be Superman.” That’s the heart of this amazing talk by Glennon Doyle Melton, author of Carry on Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed and my new hero. In fact, she is a superhero in my book. Please watch this clip, “Lessons From the Mental Hospital.” Yes, it’s 17 minutes long and worth every minute of your time. She is amazing. Because she speaks the truth, a truth we all need to hear, even if we are not quite ready to acknowledge it yet. Read more
Life coach and Times Union blogger Merci Miglino offers a personal and powerful post on the TU Success blog today, the latest stop on the “Pray, Love, Then Eat” blog tour. Here’s what she had to say:
“She sits in my car or across the table or on the other end of the phone miles away. She’s crying, or screaming or dead silent. She is unhappy. Her work is unfulfilling or boring or stressful or crushing her soul. The man in her life is too dense, too old or too emotional. She blames herself. She thinks there’s something wrong with her. She’s too sensitive, too weak, too stubborn, or too fat. Read more
Do any of you out there collect things, purchase things, ask for things, only to store them away in a closet or drawer for a day you imagine will be special enough to deem them worthy of use? Case in point: my collection of handmade soaps, beautiful bath gels and loofahs, body lotions, and more. I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to this stuff because I’m always waiting for some magic moment when all the planets will align and I will know for certain that THIS is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice, and use special soaps! Read more
One of my two new books being released this fall is heading into final production. Here’s a big stack of covers just waiting to be wrapped around the pages of “Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God” over at Ave Maria Press.
The official release date is December 17. You can pre-order at all the usual places. Click on the title above and you’ll get Amazon. Click on the cover image below and you’ll get B&N. You can also go straight to Ave Maria Press by clicking HERE.
Here’s the description of the book that’s up on Amazon, along with three “blurbs” from other important Catholic folks:
In this first book on the topic written from a Catholic perspective, award-winning writer Mary DeTurris Poust offers personal, hard-won wisdom on the complex relationship between food and spirituality.
Mary DeTurris Poust draws on the rich appreciation of meals she first gained at the tables of her childhood in an Italian-American family, leading readers into reflection on the connections between eating, self-image, and spirituality. Like Geneen Roth in Women, Food and God, but from a uniquely Catholic point of view, Poust helps readers spot ways they use food to avoid or ignore their real desires — for acceptance, understanding, friendship, love, and, indeed, for God. Poust draws from scripture and the great Catholic prayer forms and devotions to assist readers in making intentional changes in their use of food. She also offers reflections on fasting, eating in solidarity with the poor, vegetarianism, and the local food movement.
And here are the blurbs:
“Whether you’re tired of being obsessed with your weight, are hungry for inner peace even more than you’re hungry for food, or are desiring the freedom that comes with self-acceptance, Cravings will leave you satisfied.” –Kate Wicker, Author of Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body
“This book opens a doorway to hope for anyone locked in a struggle with food. It is a refreshing guide to freedom in Christ.” –Jeff Young, Podcast host of The Catholic Foodie
“Another excellent tool in Mother Church’s hand to help feed God’s children with what they crave most: truth, the food of saints!” –Rev. Leo Patalinghug, Author of Grace Before Meals