Waiting is painful. Feeling empty is painful. Sometimes, we feel as if the world is out there with nothing but emptiness. Sometimes we reach out to things or even other people to provide our happiness and to fill the void. In Marilyn Meberg’s Constantly Craving: How to Make Sense of Always Wanting More, she tackles why humanity is longing and how we can control our desires.
Perhaps the most stunning example of longing that Meberg discusses is the longing for companionship and how we fulfill these needs. Meberg states that at the first signs of “love,” a couple experiences mental phenomenons that produces feelings of elation and excitement. However, over time, these feelings are replaced by “normal” feelings that lead many couples to believe that they are no longer in love. This causes painful breakups, divorce, and the loss of potentially healthy relationships. By constantly seeking out “perfect” relationships, both men and women can find themselves at a loss, or at the constant craving of love and affection.
In addition to discussing the common desire for relationships, Meberg also tackles the idea of homesickness. She admits that home may not be a place that all of her readers wish to return to, but she suggests that all Christians are homesick for heaven, for “eternity.” In the end, the only craving that matters is the craving for Christ. Overall, Constantly Craving is a great intro to controlling one’s cravings and getting to the root of the pain that sometimes exists.
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