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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gürze Books (May 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936077018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936077017
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is one of the most beautiful, real, compassionate and personal books from the point of view of the eating disorder, sufferer, the family and the community. We should all celebrate Andrea’s Voice.”
Ira M. Sacker, MD, President, Helping End Eating Disorders (Heed) Foundation, author of Regaining Yourself

Thanks to Doris Smeltzer’s courageous examination of her daughter’s illness and death, Andrea may actually empower many others struggling with eating disorders to live. Ultimately, this is a book of hope and of healing.”
Margo Maine, PhD, psychologist and author, specializing in eating disorders for 25 years

More About the Author

Author, activist, career educator, and international speaker, Doris Smeltzer is the President of Andrea's Voice Foundation, a non-profit founded following her daughter's eating disordered death. Smeltzer holds a master's in counseling psychology, with published works including the book, Andrea's Voice, "A Joyful Journey" blog, the AndreasVoice.org web site, and numerous published pieces in newspapers, magazines, and books including an article in the landmark, Treatment of Eating Disorders. Smeltzer has been featured in popular media (TV, radio, film), has been named a Community Hero by both her hometown of Napa, and the NorthBay ED organization, EDRS and awarded the Soroptimist Ruby Award for Women Helping Women.

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I cried like a little girl reading this book - and I'm not the kind of person to be easily excited.
Lee
I highly recommend "Andrea's Voice" to anyone suffering from eating disorders and to loved ones who are dealing with an eating disordered child, parent, or friend.
Linda Davis
In writing Andrea's Voice, Doris Smeltzer has given us incredible gifts: insight into her own journey and the gift of her daughter.
Joslyn Smith

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joslyn Smith on June 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Andrea's Voice is a moving tribute to an incredibly wise young woman and a family whose bond is inspiring. As someone who has been deeply affected by Andrea's struggle with an eating disorder and my own, this book both warmed my heart and broke it anew. There is so much here to be learned and reminded of regardless of whether or not one has been directly touched by an eating disorder. Doris' words, along with Andrea's, have the potential to begin a critical societal discussion about how we - as parents, siblings, partners, friends, co-workers, educators, treatment professionals, media personalities, policymakers - contribute to the thoughts that encourage disordered eating behaviors. As importantly, though, this book helps us begin to reevaluate and change our expectations and judgments of others and ourselves. In writing Andrea's Voice, Doris Smeltzer has given us incredible gifts: insight into her own journey and the gift of her daughter. Each person who reads this will be changed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Don Waxman on June 11, 2006
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It is hard for me to describe all the feelings I had while reading Andrea's Voice. It is a beautifully written, informative and well constructed book, which I know will become an important contribution to the eating-disorder mental health community as well as to the mental health community in general. Apart from this however, the book offers a riveting and compelling personal story that is very affecting and urgently relevant in many domaines, especially family, culture, health, therapy, grief counseling, and spirituality.

As a parent with an abiding relationship with a daughter who is exactly Andrea's age, I am shaken, instructed, affirmed, scolded, awed, emboldened, and a bit terrified by this story. However, you do not need to be a parent to be affected by this book. This story will deeply affect anyone who reads it.

Andrea's writings, which are interwoven with her mother's account of her story, are truly amazing. I choke and gasp for air when I read them. How could such a young human being be capable of expressing thoughts and feelings the way she does? While Andrea's letters, journaling and poetry very poignantly evoke what it is like for a young woman to have a mental illness from the inside out, they also go way beyond this. Her writing is inspiring soul searching. Even more so however, I find Andrea's words to be spiritually inspirational. Together with her mother's impassioned grieving and soulfully evoked searching, they form one very powerful beating heart, the sound of which is a most generous and unforgettable gift for which I cannot thank them enough.

Please read this book,it will change your life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Roman on June 12, 2006
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This has been one of the best books that I have read about Eating Disorders. The chapters are very real and Doris Smeltzer definitely does a great job in describing the emotional and underlying issues that one has when suffering from an eating disorder. A must read especially for all of the parents that have loved ones that are struggling with an Eating Disorder. This book is also a reality check for the sufferers that one can die from this. Andrea only struggled for 13 months. That is the reality of this disease. Andrea's entries separated herself from this disease, but at the same time, her journals showed how much power the bulimia had over her.

I had the opportunity of having met Doris and Tom Smeltzer. As a recovering anorexic and as someone that has been down in the dumps, I hope this book will inspire someone out there to go seek help and to realize that they are not alone in this battle.

God bless you Doris and Tom today and always, and may you continue sharing your light with others.
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I highly recommend "Andrea's Voice" to anyone suffering from eating disorders and to loved ones who are dealing with an eating disordered child, parent, or friend. "Andrea's Voice" touched me more than most of the books that I have read on eating disorders because it contained actual text written by someone suffering from this horrible affliction. And, in addition, the book presented details of how a parent tries to deal with an eating disordered child. Andrea had a gift with words that enabled her to express her innermost fears and feelings in poetic language. I could not put the book down. When I finished reading "Andrea's Voice", I was very sad but also hopeful because I think the book will help many of us who suffer from eating disorders.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ellen Clausen on June 13, 2006
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Thank you Doris for not preserving your journey with Andrea but for sharing, reaching and teaching all that you learned from her. I heard Andrea's voice when I was unable to hear my daughters'. She guided me on what I needed to do for them and told me what I needed to hear.....and I listened...for the first time...I listened ..... Thank you for your bravery and courage and inspiration. Thank you for sharing the deepest part of your soul, and thank you for trusting that we needed you to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Hanan on July 16, 2006
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I highly recommend this book to parents of young women with eating disorders. Andrea's Voice is a deeply personal and eloquently told account of a mother's quest to bring her daughter through an eating disorder. This book offers something more than publications written by the "experts"--the books that tell parents what the best treatment is--it describes what it's actually like to confront an eating disorder, and how it affects a family. This is the real thing.
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