A Parent’s Role in Recovery

SheReads, Week 3: An excerpt from Chasing Silhouettes: How to Help a Loved One Battling an Eating Disorder, by Emily Wierenga with Dr. Gregory Jantz. Used with permission.

“Even if you don’t believe this, practice saying it to yourself, for with God, anything—including full recovery—is possible.”

By Emily Wierenga | Twitter: @Emily_Wierenga

Some say an eating disorder is a plight one has to live with for the rest of one’s life. And in certain cases, it may very well be a “thorn” in one’s flesh such as Paul speaks of in 2 Corinthians 12. But this should not be assumed.

God rebuilds minds. He delights in making whole what once was broken. “Be transformed by the renewal of your mind,” He urges in Romans 12:2. If this were not possible, would He ask us to do it?

This, then, is what we must pray and work towards, and believe in. For, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:22)

What to Do

Perhaps your child has just emerged from a treatment program. He/she is intent on getting better, and has made significant process. You’re wondering, What now?

Coming home can take its toll on a newly recovered disordered eater. Because of this, it’s important to make the transition as smooth as possible…

(for more of this excerpt from Chasing Silhouettes, please visit SheReads HERE, where we’re doing a study of the book)

*also check out this article in Allure Magazine on the “F Word”


~Chasing Silhouettes now only $10 at Amazon.com; also available at Amazon.ca, ChristianBook.com and Barnes and Noble.

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2 thoughts on “A Parent’s Role in Recovery

  1. Emily,
    I just wanted to say thank you so much for the message and ministry. My husband’s sister passed away 10 years ago due to complications from anorexia. She was 20 years old and an amazing young woman in so many ways. Our daughter is named for her and we will raise her to love herself and her body in the name of Christ. But thank you, dear person for sharing your story and helping so many.

    • oh emmie. i’m so sorry for your loss. thank you for your encouragement here. i love how you’ve named your daughter after her, how you’re giving her a second chance at life through your daughter. so beautiful.

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