Our small group just started a new study together—a book about a man who lost 65 pounds and began to live what he calls Fully Alive for God. And then I pick up a book about a young girl who tried to starve herself to death and my heart breaks.
It’s a stark contrast, these two stories, and I try to wrap my mind around the mystery that is anorexia nervosa and all I can do is pray for those individuals and families who are ravaged by this illness. It seems a natural reaction, praying, and I am struck by this book I read—written by my friend and survivor of anorexia Emily Wierenga—I am struck by how heavy this book is soaked in prayer.
In her interview with Glynn Young at The High Calling, Emily says this:
I honestly believe God is the only one who can truly bring healing to a disordered eater’s mind and heart. Knowing first-hand the spiritual battle that one engages in, the darkness of anorexia nervosa and the way it leads one into the shadows of death (making a young child want to die), I cannot explain it other than a spiritual attack…
The book, Chasing Silhouettes: How to Help a Loved One Battling an Eating Disorder, is unlike any self-help book I have ever read. Emily has included not only her own story, but those of her family and friends, professionals who work with Eating Disorders, and also specific prayers.
There is so much good to say about Emily’s brave and beautiful book—it’s a haunting story. The truth is, helping someone with an eating disorder is a long and arduous process. In Chasing Silhouettes, her voice rings with love and compassion and understanding. It’s an important story to tell.
If you know Emily from her blog, Imperfect Prose, you know what a compelling storyteller she is. You have seen the beauty of her heart in her art and in the way she loves her family. In Chasing Silhouettes you will see another side of her—the activist who longs to bring healing.
Chasing Silhouettes carries hope.
I’d like to help deliver that package. Leave a comment by Thursday 10/11 at 10 pm you will have a chance to win a copy of Emily’s book, Chasing Silhouettes: How to Help a Loved One Battling an Eating Disorder. Spread the news on twitter of Facebook for additional opportunities to win.
How do you embrace the God-joy? Every Monday I’ll be sharing one of my Playdates with God. I would love to hear about yours. It can be anything: outside, quiet time. Maybe it’s solitary. Maybe it’s loud and crowded. Just find Him. Be with Him. Grab my button at the bottom of the page and join us:
This is my day 4 of joining the 31 day-ers. They’ve ignited a fire and the flame of their passion is contagious. I know myself too well to say I’ll post every day…but I promise to try. If it sounds inviting to you and you don’t mind coming late to the party (like me), you can read more about the wave at The Nester’s place. She’s the hostess with the mostest.
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Sharing with Laura Barkat today also: