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Chasing Silhouettes: How to help a loved one battling an eating disorder Paperback – September 25, 2012
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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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A powerful testimony of Anorexia recovery for body, mind and soul. I would recommend it to both people suffering with this illness and to families of those suffering as well.Published 4 days ago by John Harris
This was a very helpful and well-written book. . She does a fabulous job of demonstrating how our emotional physical and spiritual well-being are entwined. Read morePublished 10 months ago by kathy
Excellent book for the whole family!!!! I wish my family had this book when I started out with anorexia years ago. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Laura S. Schmuck
This is a book every youth leader or pastor should read and every parent - whether or whether not you have children with eating disorders - because there is a very good chance you... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Mama of a Dozen
Chasing Silhouettes is a tender, practical guide for those battling an eating disorder. The author takes the reader on a raw, inside view of the struggles behind this difficulty. Read morePublished on March 9, 2014 by Lisa Buffaloe
This book weaves the affects of anorexia of the entire inner circle of the victim to create a detailed and colorful explanation of her experience. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by kirk
This book is an outstanding resource. It looks at eating disorders from all angles: medical, mental, emotional, personal. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Carol Hulin
I myself have struggled with an eating disorder, recovered, and relapsed within the same year. I'm on the path to recovery now, and after years of my secret struggle, came out and... Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by belikesalt
We are walking this path right now and appreciate the author's insights. Parts of the book contradicted each other (advice from different "experts), but that's expected when so... Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by L. Arnold