Empty: A Story of Anorexia
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Empty: A Story of Anorexia

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by Christie Pettit
     
 

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More than five million adolescent girls struggle with eating dis-orders, and more than 80 percent of American women are unhappy with their bodies. Christie Pettit knows these statistics firsthand. As a college student with a tennis scholarship, she found herself eating less and less, compulsively exercising, and spiraling downward in a dangerous battle against…  See more details below

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More than five million adolescent girls struggle with eating dis-orders, and more than 80 percent of American women are unhappy with their bodies. Christie Pettit knows these statistics firsthand. As a college student with a tennis scholarship, she found herself eating less and less, compulsively exercising, and spiraling downward in a dangerous battle against anorexia. She was starving--but she didn't know it.

Now with a two-color interior, Empty recounts Christie's gripping story, incorporating new statistics, reflections from her journal, and biblical insight. Her candid retelling of her experience shows the spiritual dimension of eating disorders and describes how Christie turned to the Bible as a source of strength and encouragement to help her overcome anorexia.

Pastors, parents, counselors, and those battling anorexia--especially teen girls--will find hope and wise counsel in Christie's compelling story.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Tracy Piombo
Pettit explores her struggle with anorexia by analyzing her journal entries from her freshman year of college. This book is not a general resource for recognizing and treating the disorder, but rather an invitation to Christian girls to view their relationship with food as a crucial part of their faith. Pettit believes that anorexia is a sin and a sign of deeper identity issues. Although she contends that her recovery was only possible through God's love, she recommends professional counseling for anyone with an eating disorder. The format makes the book unsuitable for research, but as a diary, it is oddly bland and unrevealing. Pettit never emerges as a fully realized person, and in the end, readers know little of the specific details of her life. Each short chapter begins with an analytical journal entry, which is then explained in unnecessary detail. Sidebars offer quotes from other anorexic teens as well as medical information about the disease, which are generally cited but not indexed. The journal entries are organized chronologically, but the chapters are arranged roughly thematically, leading to repetition and confusion. It is difficult to imagine a teenager reading this book cover to cover. Christian teens suffering with anorexia might benefit from seeing themselves in Pettit's experiences, but she offers little practical advice for them other than relevant biblical passages. This book might be useful as a browsing resource for Christian teens or for professionals involved in Christian counseling for eating disorders. It is a revised edition of Starving: A Personal Journey Through Anorexia (Revell/Baker Books, 2003/ VOYA October 2003).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800731359
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/2006
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,335,118
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Christie Pettit currently works as a counselor of teens, with a specialization in eating disorder recovery. She speaks to groups such as Athletes in Action and writes for publications, including Today's Christian Woman, The Upper Room, and Sports Spectrum. She is also the managing editor of Conversations: A Forum for Authentic Transformation. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Emory University, and the Psychological Studies Institute, Christie lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Empty: A Story of Anorexia 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is well done. It's one woman's account of her experience as an anorexic. She references the Bible quite frequently and is beneficial for a Christian in recovery, like myself. Not yet willing to give up all my problems, this book really showed me that God is the one in control. This book is very repetitive but beneficial. If you don't understand an eating disorder, this book will give you a peek into the life of a Christian anorexic. Not very thinspirational, so don't look here for that but again, helpful. I must say that unless you have actually had* and ED, you are not capable of understanding what it is like to be anorexic but this book can give you an idea. Any questions? Ask an anorexic and that's the best answer you can possibly get. I would recommend this book to a fellow Christian ana trying (or not) to recover. Either way, it's entertaining read.
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