- Paperback: 24 pages
- Publisher: New Growth Press; 1 edition (April 28, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934885495
- ISBN-13: 978-1934885499
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eating Disorders: The Quest For Thinness Paperback – April 28, 2008
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About the Author
Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He has counseled for over twenty-five years and has written many books including When People Are Big and God Is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Depression: A Stubborn Darkness; Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Addiction; Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest; and When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety.
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This little booklet succinctly describes the Christian approach to addressing disordered eating. Its strength is that it is very short (only 25 pages) yet it covers how problems with disordered eating start, how they are maintained, and how to break free. Half of the booklet covers practical strategies for change.
This booklet is a starting point for those who wish to quickly understand a Biblical model of eating disorders, or for those who would never read a longer book. For those who are interested in this approach (like me) it is a great starting off point to understand what the Christian approach is; I can now research further.
It is important to note that the author does not believe that disordered eating is a "disease" but a way of living that is not congruent with Biblical patterns. I really appreciated this perspective.
Path: Welch explains what some of the eating disorders are and then shows a couple of charts explaining how some people may get stuck in the cycles of sinful eating. There is a section that deals with "Practical Strategies for Change" as well.
Agreement: Welch never calls these sinful ways of eating a disease. He treats them as the Bible treats them, as sinful patterns of living. This gives hope as one can realize that they do not have to live this way forever. I also appreciated what Welch says in reference to "food rituals." He helps the reader understand that often times eating disorders are attempts at living life without God.
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.