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Why Diets Don't Work

Why Diets Don’t Work: Food is Not the Problem by Joyce Tilney

In the ever burgeoning culture we live in, food runs across our palate at a feverish pace.  From commercials to convenience stores, we are enticed to join the wagon of high-calorie fat laden foods.  We need a healthy dose of wisdom of about our bodies and the way eating and food interact with each other.  This new book, Why Diets Don’t Work by Joyce Tilney is a work that focuses on the issues surrounding the battle of the mind, our desires, and our habits surrounding food rather than crash diets. The benefit of the book is its tendency to take every thought captive through the Word of God and reframe our thinking regarding food, dieting, and image. 

Joyce begins the book by harnessing her efforts toward understanding her book as a battle plan.  She writes, “To overcome any battle in life, we must understand ourselves and how we are created to function in this world as children of God.” (xv)  The question that Joyce tries to answer is, “How can we be obedient to God with our bodies, including our food choices?”  Recognizing this point, Joyce points out the Devil’s work in distracting us from being obedient.  She writes, “Again, the devil’s tool is distraction, to get us so focused on the things of the world that we lose focus on our relationship with the Lord.” (9)  This is part of the deceptive schemes of the devil to speak lies to us so that we will have greater affections for the people and things that move us away from godliness.  Alongside the devil’s lies, we also have to understand that every day we make choices that affect our bodies, for fuel or fat (15).  The temptation to bring unhealthy foods into our bodies lessens as we make good choices on a continual basis that provide fuel and energy for the long haul.

The chapter on fasting was always one worth mentioning.  Joyce says, “A fast is always to draw us into a deeper relationship with God.” (52)  Fasting dulls our desire to think of food only as a comfort or to absorb the pain we face during our lives.  Rather, fasting puts into the right alignment our relationship with God and others.  There is fasting in my own strength and fasting trusting in the Almighty God, one will call us to greater obedience  but one will not work in the long run.  Fasting is certainly a way of dedicating the time we would spend eating with a fervent fellowship with our King.

There were some troubling things in the book that I want to mention also.  At times, you get the hint that to desire a piece of coconut cream pie is a sin, or to have a craving about a food item is inherently wrong.  Maybe in disproportionate amounts or too frequently is unhealthy but desiring a piece of pie, I’m not sure how this is wrong in itself.  Secondly, the whole thing about hearing His voice, receiving a revelation can be very unhelpful because it seems to take the place of Scripture at times.  If we are going to hear God’s voice, we have his Words in Scripture to live by, we need the Spirit’s guidance but talking about time and again about a secret voice is not helpful.

Thanks to The Voice of Grace and Truth and Book Crash for the copy of this book in exchange for review.


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