Starving: A Personal Journey through Anorexia

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As a college freshman and tennis player, Christie Pettit decided to lose a little weight. But almost a year later, her obsession with dieting and exercise had turned into full-blown anorexia, jeopardizing her health, her friendships, and her relationship with her family.

Here, through journal entries, personal anecdotes, and Scripture, Pettit reflects on her struggle with eating. She also looks at the less visible battles that are engaged with an eating disorder, including the ...

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Overview

As a college freshman and tennis player, Christie Pettit decided to lose a little weight. But almost a year later, her obsession with dieting and exercise had turned into full-blown anorexia, jeopardizing her health, her friendships, and her relationship with her family.

Here, through journal entries, personal anecdotes, and Scripture, Pettit reflects on her struggle with eating. She also looks at the less visible battles that are engaged with an eating disorder, including the desire to appear thin on the outside at the expense of emotional and spiritual health.

Women battling eating disorders will find in this book an understanding friend for their journey toward healing. Pettit's transparent and compelling narrative offers hope for those struggling with anorexia and clear insights about eating disorders for those who love or counsel someone battling their body image.

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This slim, easy-to-read book will easily speak to far too many women, as anorexia and other eating disorders continue to plague girls as young as ten or eleven years old. Any reader facing an eating disorder will relish this author's revealing look at her own struggles and backslides during recovery. Nevertheless, there are numerous diaries of anorexic girls out there-too many to count. What sets this one apart from the rest is its Christian focus: Pettit's soul-searching is more than personal examination; it is a constant reminder of her connection to her faith and how that connection helped in her recovery. In her narrative, she frequently refers to specific passages in the Bible and relates them directly to her struggle. For Christian guidance on overcoming food-related obstacles, this book stands alone. A word of warning, however: Pettit's story does not contain a real-time exploration of a daily struggle with anorexia. Rather, it more closely resembles an annotated slide presentation. The journal entries are brief and contrived, while the bulk of the narrative consists of the author's after-the-fact musings on what was happening in her life at that moment. The focus falls primarily on her efforts at recovery and the internal war waged between two occupants of her heart and mind: her anorexia, replete with self-absorption and vanity, and her spirituality, which demands complete surrender to God's will. Only in their reconciliation does she find peace with the food she must eat every day to live. VOYA Codes: 2Q 2P M J S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; JuniorHigh, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Revell/Baker Books, 144p,
— Holly King
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  • ISBN-13: 9780800758417
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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