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  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Ampelon Publishing (Oct. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984009558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984009558
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barb on Nov. 22 2012
Format: Paperback
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Chasing Silhouettes Oct. 4 2012
By Michelle DeRusha - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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
A very inspiring and helpful book Sept. 25 2012
By Laurie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After reading Emily's book, Chasing Silhouettes, I wished I had this knowledge when my daughter's life was turned upside down. My two oldest girls tested the dieting world, so when my youngest daughterstarted skipping meals I figured she would just grow out of it. But she didn't. She was always a stubborn child and dealing rationally with her was already a struggle. Emily talks about her alternate identity and that is how I would describe her without food. When her eating habits became noticeable on her body, I had no idea where to go for help. Her pediatrician just told her to eat more while she told my other daughter to eat less. I had done my own research on the Internet and every article stated that it wasn't my fault. Chasing Silhouettes reinstate this fact but points out that there are triggers. It haunted me all the time wondering what happened to make her stop eating. After changing pediatrician, she suggested a doctor at our local hospital. They diagnose her with anorexia and suggested we put her on the Maudsley Method. This method makes the child eat what is prepared by parent with no exceptions. Because my daughter was so full of rage, plates and food went flying across the room. This tiny girl became a monster and her words cut like a knife. I really felt and understood what Evonne went through. Therapy didn't make her eat and even admitting her in the hospital didn't help. She would eat what she had to just to get out. For a long time, I felt alone in this battle. Professionals weren't helping and family was in denial. Godly professional who worked with eating disorders are impossible to find in my area. Time after time, prayer is mentioned in the book. I wish I had done that more. I was angry with God for not answering my prayers.

After six months of no weight gain, she was placed in an eating disorder facility almost 2 hours from home. It was a relief for me and I didn't have to worry about what she was eating. I didn't have to fight with her too. Thirty days later she emerged a calmer person. I think the thought of going back there kept her eating just enough. It has been about 2 yrs since then, and she has maintain a reasonable weight. She still comments about gaining weight and I believe this will be a life long struggle for her. Emily's book has taught me to put my trust in God because He loves her more than I do. These struggles have purpose and Emily's purpose was to help others and shed light on this disease. She was brought into my life by Divine intervention and I am grateful for her example of faith. This book will help those struggling to love those people in their lives who don't love themselves.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Helpful for families. Nov. 11 2012
By Chris Funkhouser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
honest and Oct. 5 2012
By Becky Strahle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Insightful and Wrenching Truth About Disordered Eating Oct. 1 2012
By Flower Patch Farmgirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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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