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A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God 

Author: Mary DeTurris Poust

Price: $14.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-305-7

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: December 3, 2012

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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 in Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God.

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.


"Will leave you satisfied."

"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

"A refreshing guide."

"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!"

“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

"A feast for the eyes, the heart, and the soul."

"Reflection questions at the end of each chapter are particularly helpful for developing a foundation of personal awareness that is vital for approaching food in a new way. Poust serves up a feast for the eyes, the heart, and the soul."

Publishers Weekly

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