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As the mother of 6, including 2 daughters, we so pray to avoid any eating disorders....How? As a homeschooled child and daughter of a pastor, Emily Wierenga writes transparently and tenderly about her own journey and how God has brought healing and brings to the page the wisdom of some most esteemed disorder experts on the continent. A deeply helpful read for those in ministry with young women. ----Ann Voskamp, author of A Thousand Gifts

It is rare I find a resource that so uniquely supplements the whole-person approach to eating disorder treatment as what I have discovered in this insightful, inspiring book. ----Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, author of Hope, Help and Healing for Eating Disorders

Chasing Silhouettes is a must-have field manual for parents, spouses and friends of disordered eaters, as well as professionals seeking greater understanding of the family aspects of this struggle. Written in the blood, sweat and tears of the author and her family, and featuring expert clinical perspectives, Chasing Silhouettes blazes a trail of hope and practical insight for all who long to help but don't know how. --Constance Rhodes, author of Life Inside the Thin Cage and The Art of Being and Founder and CEO, FINDINGbalance, Inc.

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Emily Wierenga is an author, a freelance journalist, commissioned artist, and mother. She battled anorexia both as a child and as an adult and has appeared as a guest multiple times on Canada's premier Christian television talk show and radio talk-back program. Emily also serves as a volunteer counseling for families with anorexic loved ones with the National Eating Disorders Association and has spoken at eating disorders conferences.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ampelon Publishing; 2nd edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984009558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984009558
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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.Read more ›
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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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Horses, books, and dolls are often consuming passions for nine year old girls. For my friend Emily Wierenga, however, the eating disorder called anorexia nervosa began at age nine as a way to passionately challenge and rebel against parents she considered controlling and non-supportive of her feelings.

Sadly though, anorexia and other eating disorders invade like a "Trojan horse." Young people sometimes perceive food as a way to manifest control in their lives, but as Emily realized years later, the disease has a sinister life of its own.

Chasing Silhouettes differs from other books on eating disorders in that it reveals how Emily and her family found healing and "addresses the whole of the illness: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual" while giving the reader first-person insight into the thought process of someone suffering from anorexia and help for their family.

For the parent trying desperately to problem solve their child's food disorder, yet who is being blamed as the cause of it, Emily states, "It was never about the food, and all about the scapegoats. Eventually, we're left emptier for trying to pass the blame. And in the end, it's love we're starving for."

From the foreword by Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D., "For someone living with an eating disorder, every conversation is heard through the filter of the disease--a disorder of the mind that skews and colors the truth of every situation and relationship."

Several chapters in this valuable resource contain insights from the perspective of the child, the parents, siblings, friends and "faith-based professionals." Although medical professionals also address issues in this book, the definitions and issues are broken down for family members to understand.
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