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Chasing Silhouettes: How to Help a Loved One Battling an Eating Disorder [Paperback]

Emily T. Wierenga , Gregory Jantz
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Powerful Book Nov. 22 2012
By Barb
As a mother watching my daughter struggle on and off with an eating disorder, this book was so insightful and helpful. I came across an advertisement for it in a hospital waiting room, which was not by coincidence, but by God's providence. Our daughter is finally acknowledging she needs help, and this book is the perfect resource for one who wants to help their loved one. I had ordered 2 copies, gave one to a friend to help with her daughter, and am now ordering more copies for myself and the church to have on hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chasing Silhouettes Oct. 4 2012
By Michelle DeRusha - Published on
There are so very many misconceptions and misperceptions surrounding eating disorders, and this is one of the many reasons why Emily Weirenga's book, "Chasing Silhouettes: How to Help a Loved One Battle an Eating Disorder" fills such a critical need. My assumption, for example, that boys don't succumb to eating disorders is simply wrong. Of the estimated 8 million Americans who suffer from anorexia, bulimia or other eating disorders, one million of them are male.

Not only does Emily weave her real-life story of suffering and recovery from anorexia with research and facts about the illness, this book is also a spiritual guide for those of us who love someone suffering from an eating disorder. As is often the case, a book like this might answer our questions from a physical or even an emotional perspective, yet it often leaves the spiritual perspective untapped. Emily artfully weaves all three perspectives together into a coherent, gracefully written narrative.

I appreciate, for instance, that Emily includes a prayer at the end of each section. So often, when we are ravaged by hopelessness and fear, we simply can't pray, we simply can't find the words. Emily offers these words to us to pray when we fear prayer is impossible.

This book is not a dry, statistic-filled, how-to tome. Written in honest, evocative, lyrical prose, Chasing Silhouettes shines truth, hope and grace into the darkest corners of an illness that ravages so many millions of women and men. And while she doesn't shy from telling the hard truth, Emily also insists that the reader comes away from her story, and this book, with the knowledge that all hope is not lost and that, above all, those who suffer through this disease are never alone.

A person I love struggled with this disease. I dearly wish Emily's book had been available to my family in the midst of that darkness.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd like to hand it out on street corners Oct. 3 2012
By Emerging Mummy - Published on
Eshet Chayil! Woman of Valour!

Well done, Emily, you are a minister of the Gospel, you are singing a beautiful redemption song for all of us, and we are thankful for your freedom voice.

God is near to the broken-hearted, and this book is a gift to the suffering, and to the ones that love the suffering.

I want to stand on street corners and hand this book out. I want to give it to every mother, to every daughter, to every woman, to every pastor, to every counsellor, every clinician.

I want to make sure people read it, understand it, and I want to see women saved.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for families. Nov. 11 2012
By Chris Funkhouser - Published on
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My wife recently had a relapse with an eating disorder after thirteen years of relative quiet in regard to her Anorexia. I did not always know how to feel about what was happening, but when you read others stories you hear your own story in the book and it helps you process the reality of it all. There are many helpful recommendations as well.

The only con I have to the book is really just a side-effect of one of its strengths. The book is written from many different points of view at different stages of the disorder, so sometimes it can seem a bit disjointed.

But overall I benefited greatly from reading about other people's stories and emotions especially as many of them had faith backgrounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars honest and Oct. 5 2012
By Becky Strahle - Published on
Emily's honesty and raw vulnerability is refreshing and will, I'm certain, benefit anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder. I'm sure this book will make a difference to so so many. Many thumbs up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Wrenching Truth About Disordered Eating Oct. 1 2012
By Flower Patch Farmgirl - Published on
In Chasing Silhouettes, Emily Wierenga writes a moving, wrenching account of her struggle with anorexia. The wisdom in her words reaches beyond the confines of a particular disorder. It grabs at the core of who we are and wish to be, lassoing all the fall-out of our wanting.

I read Chasing Silhouettes through the lens of who I am, all of my experiences, all of my scars. I was surprised by the ways I identified with her words. I think we all have our wounds. We've all felt the sting of hurtful words. We've all wished this or that away, we've wished that we could change something, switch it out with hers or hers.

We're moms now. We look at our babies and things make so much more sense, but the world is even meaner, so we worry.

If you know a young girl, you need to read this book. If your a mom, please read it. A youth worker? It's important to know the reality. Because maybe you don't know someone suffering with an eating disorder, but odds are you know someone suffering with a roughed up body image.
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