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About the Author

Elyse Fitzpatrick is the head of Women Helping Women Ministries and holds an MA in biblical counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored more than a dozen books, including Love to Eat, Hate to Eat. She and her husband, Phil, have three grown children as well as grandchildren.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; English Language edition (August 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736914382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736914383
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author writes warmly with a clear,thorough approach to eating and food, covering eating disorders as well as everyday struggles with diets. Her use of Scripture guides you to refocus your thinking. If I had not read it myself, I would not have believed what an impact it could make. Wonderful book! Christians will be particularly inspired! Not a recipe in it...just sound professional advice.
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This book will help any person that is struggling with food. Eating disorder or not! Not an ounce on condemnation in this book if you read it with an open heart. Elyse Fitzpatrick constantly reminds her readers how much God loves them......they are His children, how could He not love them? He would never hurt them on purpose, but He is also a perfect, holy, and just God who cannot sin and hates sin. The person from Corona, CA (below) is right when he/she said: 'But the fact is that the individuals embroiled in this cannot help themselves.' We cannot help ourselves, but God can help us! That is why we need to look to God's word for advice. 'All scripture is give by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.' 2nd Tim. 3:16-17 (NKJV) How can we place our faith in man (a therapist) to help us change? ESPECIALLY if that therapist's beliefs are not built upon a Christian foundation? Looking within is not the answer, looking to Jesus is. Jesus can take away all the past hurt and pain from our lives. That is why He died for all of us! Jesus Himself tells us to DENY OURSELVES, to take up our cross DAILY, and to follow Him. I don't know about you, but I want to follow Him with all my heart. Elyse Fitzpatrick is pointing us in the right direction by showing us just how we can deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow Him. She herself lived through the pain of disordered eating and is sharing how God has set her free. You can be set free too, if you will allow yourself realize disordered eating is focusing on yourself and that that thinking needs to change. If the SON sets you free......you will be free indeed! I recommend this book highly if you are seeking true freedom from the bondage of an dieting or disordered eating. A+++++++++ book!
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Yes, this book claims that eating disorders are rooted in sinful behavior. Now don't let this put you off. The author does at no point condemn those suffering from anorexia, bulimia, over-eating etc. Quite contrary, Elyse Fitzpatrick's way of approaching God's truth (the only Truth for any Christian) is understanding, warm and supportive. Her style is easy-to-read and backed with examples from her own life. Still, no author can change the truth about eating disorders. They are sin. Or does anyone seriously think that starving God's temple and idolizing food are in line with God's will? I fully agree that this truth is hard to take once you have to realize your share in your behaiour, but Fitzpatrick doesn't leave the reader at this point. She is not the one with the raised index finger making the reader feel bad about herself or himself. Again, she does the opposite by showing how we need to rely on Christ to fight this sinful behavior, by showing what thoughts and mechanisms lead to eating disorders and how we can face them with our hearts turned to the Lord. Don't be afraid to read this book because you might feel you are just being told that it is all your fault and to get on with life. Instead, be ready to meet a sometimes painful truth and an answer full of hope and truth. And let me add: this book gives excellent advice for how to cope in everyday life. Knowing that Christ is the answer is one thing, but Fitzpatrick provides practical advice for the compulsions and urges we need to fight every single day. Has this book cured me from my ED? No. It still is a fight. But in contrast to the time before I read the book, I am now ready and well-equipped for the fight and I grow more successful every day.
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The forte of this writing was the abundant amount of scripture offered by the author. It was also a good wake up call for getting right with God and letting the results and benefits come as a result of seeking God and not the approval of others. It does not minimize ones struggle with weight but points out it may be a symptom of our need to address our relationship to God first as well as God's will for our use of food.
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I noticed that the reviews of this book were either really good or really bad. I'm on the "really good" side. Finally a book that treats the real issues and focuses on a right relationship with God as the source of freedom. This book is great for spiritual growth and gives practical help as well. I followed the eating guidelines (basically a set of questions you ask yourself before you eat) and felt that I was set free. I didn't have to fear fattening foods / restaurants / dessert / etc. or count calories. I just ate and stopped when I knew the Lord would want me to. However, it's contingent upon obedience to the Lord, and when my relationship with the Lord grew distant (through other circumstances in my life) my obedience stopped and I went back to my old diet plans ... the ones that work for awhile but lead to obsession and bingeing. The connection between spiritual life and food abuse is clear. I recommend this book because it recognizes the fact that our relationship with the Lord is the root of everything.
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