Constantly Craving: How to Make Sense of Always Wanting More by Marilyn Meberg is an intriguing look at how we as humans are created to crave. I really enjoy Marilyn’s perspective as she dives into this topic. As a counselor, mother, and wife (though also a widow of 21 years), Meberg brings a truly intriguing schema to the table. She brings a nice balance of wit and gravitas to the subject of human craving.
Not being familiar with the author, I was delightfully surprised to find out that she was 85 years old and a speaker at Women of Faith. This delight is because I really do enjoy learning about different subjects from a vast array of backgrounds. With that being said, this isn’t a book targeting women’s craving, but human craving. She has obviously had a great deal of time to refine her sharp wit, which I highly enjoyed. With grace and eloquence, Meberg never seems to take herself too seriously.
As with all things, there are both good and bad. One way she demonstrates this is the difference between solitude and loneliness. Meberg points out that solitude is part of a healthy emotional regiment wherein we have time to meditate and seek God’s call on our life, as well as create a healthy emotional space. Whereas loneliness has a tendency to isolate us from people and builds walls. Loneliness keeps us diverted, while solitude helps us to focus and direct. I found this section in particular to be quite interesting and relevant to my own life.
With anecdotal evidences from her own life- as well as those she has known or counseled -, Constantly Craving shows some various aspects of craving and the way it plays itself out in our lives. The stories range from light examples – though “light” there are some deep meanings to be taken – like swinging on Warren G. Harding’s porch swing, to forgiveness and genocide in Rwanda.
The chapters are short, but potent, which makes it perfect for a devotional-type book. I would recommend using it in a small group setting, though it does not have questions at the end of chapters as many books specifically designed for small group settings do. It is an early text, so possibly that would be added in later.
Overall, it was an enjoyable and relatively easy read. The easiness of it was not due to the content, but rather the way in which Meberg addressed the issues she broached – topics including: romance, marriage, contentment, happiness, friendship, time, meaning, purpose, solitude, revenge, forgiveness, and ultimately being homesick for heaven. So to finish of this entry, I will use the same quote that she uses to wrap up the book. I mean, you can’t go wrong with C.S. Lewis, right?
“We want something else which can hardly be put into works; to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to be come part of it.” – C.S. Lewis
I received this book free from Booksneeze in order to post a review. It doesn’t have to be positive, but Marilyn Meberg won me over. So there you have it. I also really enjoy the jacket artwork. Really soothing.