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Starving: A Memoir Kindle Edition
The Washington Post called her "A DIY furniture maven" when she built her small, women-owned business. However, the world was much bleaker as a young girl growing up emotionally and physically starving.
Like Tara Westover in her memoir, Educated, Christen was also caught in the confines of her upbringing. She grew up under the rule of an emotionally absent and critical mother, attended a cult-like evangelical church that practiced exorcisms and went to a school that publicly punished kids with paddling, duct-taping their mouths closed and tying children to their desks with rope.
Starving is a memoir by Blue Egg Brown Nest founder, Christen Bensten. You may know some of Christen's story through her popular blog, Blue Egg Brown Nest, but you don't know all of it.
Christen shares her painful story of growing up in a constant state of fear, managing her anxiety and depression on her own. As a fearful and quiet child, Christen did not have the tools to fight back against the people that tried to keep her small and she spent many years locked in her bedroom trying to manage her debilitating depression on her own. Her anxiety turned into daily purging at age ten and kept her from expanding into the world. It wasn’t until the birth of her first child that she was able mount the courage she needed to set up healthy boundaries, heal from the past and move into her bright future.
She has been published in The Washington Post , Cottage Living Magazine , Arlington Magazine, Romantic Homes Magazine , freshstyle Magazine and several other publications including the book Southern Style. She has shared her YouTube Tutorials to millions of people on her Blue Egg Brown Nest Channel.
Christen is a mom of three, a writer, painter, avid reader and Jesus-lover. She also fosters loads of homeless kitties.
Her audience is anyone seeking to move away from the prison of the past and toward mental and physical well-being.
Follow and subscribe at christenbensten.com
For her design site, follow and subscribe at blueeggbrownnest.com
- ASIN : B09235RXKW
- Publication date : April 7, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2811 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 291 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #484,244 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Having been a victim of religious abuse, it took me years to deprogram and develop my own spiritual understanding after being raised as a Jehovah's Witness with a fanatical, emotionally unavailable mother and alcoholic father.
I thought I was the only one with a story like this until I read Starving. I wonder how may of us live with cruel and unloving parents because we showed up unplanned, in my case, or as the "wrong" sex or something we are that she or they didn't want.
Unlike myself, the author was fortunate to find a loving and understanding partner. This is where my story went awry.
Christen, if you read this, I'd love to send you a copy of my own memoir, Running From Bears, A new Yorker's Wild Awakening in Alaska. We have a lot in common! My pen name is Adriana Jaymes.
You are so so so so courageous! My heart is with you and my hope is that you have the very best life!!
By K. Schultz on April 12, 2021
I found myself choking up frequently when I read of her anguish … much of which resulted from being raised in an unloving childhood home.
Love helped her find happiness … and that’s a lesson worth learning and re-learning.
I’ve met Christen, and consider myself privileged to have some of her painted furniture in my home.
I always admired her and envied her many talents, skills, and ready smile. After reading her book, I admire her all the more.
What a triumph, what a woman!
On a practical level, the book needed better proofreading. There were several grammar/word mistakes. For example, confident was used when it should have been confidante.
On the whole I think this story will appeal mostly to those people who had/have an emotionally distant parent.