endorsements and reviews

A homeschooled, pastor’s daughter, Emily Wierenga writes transparently and tenderly about her own journey and how God has brought healing and brings to the page the wisdom of some of the continent’s most esteemed disorder experts. A deeply helpful read for those in ministry with young women. —Ann Voskamp, bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts

I feel like “Chasing Silhouettes” can and will do much to heal relationships temporarily disconnected due to an eating disorder. Or as we say on MentorCONNECT, “relationships replace eating disorders”. When you read “Chasing Silhouettes”, you will realize that Emily’s own story is living proof. – Shannon Cutts, MentorCONNECT (read full review here)

Chasing Silhouettes is the only eating disorder guide-book I feel confident recommending to my clients. – Jena Morrow, Timberline Knolls

Emily’s writing (has) helped me to heal more than my days in an eating disorder’s unit. Although they offered some good habits and a few ideas on how I got to where I was, my soul never found healing in that place. Emily’s writings are offering healing to my soul and I want to pass that on to other families. I have no doubt that her book will be a resource for our pastoral staff and elders to offer healing. – CS Reader

My life changed when I read your book Emily T. Wierenga…. You helped me believe again… you made me see that it is possible! Thank you! Thank you for showing me that The Lord is with me in this path…. Thank you so much!!! – CS Reader

~5.0 out of 5 stars Life-giving, life-saving message, October 8, 2012
By Heidi
11 years ago, my teen sister Katrina committed suicide after a couple of years struggling with bulimia. I wish I had had this incredible book back then to help me help Katrina with her disordered eating. Chasing Silhouettes offers families of disordered eaters the most complete practical advice and greatest hope for recovery that I have encountered in all my reading on eating disorders. I feel much more enabled now to help those suffering with eds. I’ve also been better equipped by Chasing Silhouettes to guide my little ones (and myself) toward a balanced perspective of food and mealtimes. I’m excited to break the cycle of disordered eating with the helps Emily offers!

After 20 years with an eating disorder, I’m finally seeing the light. – CS Reader

It is rare I find a resource that so uniquely supplements the whole-person approach to eating disorder treatment as what I have discovered in this insightful, inspiring book. – Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, Founder of A Place of Hope and bestselling author of Hope, Help and Healing for Eating Disorders

Chasing Silhouettes is a must-have field manual for parents, spouses and friends of disordered eaters, as well as professionals seeking greater understanding of the family aspects of this struggle. Written in the blood, sweat and tears of the author and her family, and featuring expert clinical perspectives, Chasing Silhouettes blazes a trail of hope and practical insight for all who long to help but don’t know how. – Constance Rhodes, Founder and CEO, FINDINGbalance, Inc.

I am so grateful that the book Chasing Silhouettes has been written as a vital tool to inform and support the multitude of individuals and families that are dealing with the debilitating effects of an eating disorder. As a pastor, teacher and director of a ministry that works directly with young women who are in the healing process dealing with anorexia nervosa, I know how critically vital and helpful the information in this book is. Perhaps most importantly, I know this on a very personal level. As the mother of a daughter who struggled for 10 long years to overcome her battle with anorexia and bulimia, I sought for a ‘voice’ that would speak to the fears in my heart and answer my questions. I have since discovered that I was not alone, and there were more than I could have imagined who are struggling just as I did. This wonderful book will be an answer to their cry for help. It is with great conviction and gratitude that I recommend Chasing Silhouettes for your consideration. – Helen Burns, Director, Mercy Ministries Canada

Chasing Silhouettes charts new territory in a literature that is, in relation to the size of its intended audience, sparse. Wierenga eloquently portrays the true root of anorexia—spiritual warfare—in a way that validates and testifies to the experiences of millions of men and women. Where only a few authors have dared to step, Wierenga has waded in. Rather than dancing around the issues of faith and family, this work specifically addresses both faith and family as integral parts of the story—both the disorder itself, and the journey to freedom from it. Through this work, Wierenga is doing a great service to the millions of Americans affected by anorexia nervosa. She is speaking truth into a community that is lost, and far too often hopeless. As a woman who has fallen into Satan’s lies, communicated through not only our media, but also well-intentioned mentors, friends, and coaches, I can speak to the need for this “spiritual response” to anorexia. As a woman who can now “step back and decipher between that voice and God’s,” I am delighted to see Wierenga craft words for these difficult truths. As the director of a non-profit that serves those with anorexia, I anxiously anticipate using this book as a resource for our clients and their families. – Carylynn Larson, Ph.D., Director, Rock Recovery

Chasing Silhouettes captures, within its pages, the intensity of what it is like to have an eating disorder from an autobiographical perspective. The book depicts an honest view of the powerful impact of an eating disorder, not just on the person struggling but on everyone involved. It gives practical advice, and step-by-step guidance to direct those who have nowhere to go understand that there are ways to help. You are not alone in your struggle, and Chasing Silhouettes affirms how to get the care you really need. As the former assistant clinical director at Remuda Ranch Treatment Center for Eating Disorders, I am highly impressed with Emily Wierenga’s ability to weave together her stories within a therapeutically sound framework, integrating the context for recovery from a Christian perspective. This is a book worth reading to gain insight into the healing process from an eating disorder. – Amy E. Wasserbauer, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Renewed Hope Counseling and Psychological Services

With this sinister disease, it is imperative the individual address recovery on three fronts: mind, body and soul. I highly recommend Chasing Silhouettes to those who want to ensure they are addressing the spiritual side of their recovery. It offers insight and guidance for the victim and family not found in other approaches. – Ron Broughton, M.Ed., L.P.C., Chief Clinical Officer, Brookhaven Hospital

What a tremendous work—a window to the true heart of the matter that both exposes the nature of the dual and provides practical blueprints for those caught in the midst of it. – Rachel Koprowski, R.N., St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital

I have been waiting a long time for a book that speaks directly to the loved ones of persons struggling with eating disorders. Well researched with professional input, Emily Wierenga provides a comprehensive resource that addresses the whole person: physically, emotionally, mentally, relationally and spiritually. With thoughtfulness and insight, she tenderly points the way to hope and healing in Christ. Whether you are at the beginning of this journey or have walked it with a loved one for several years, Chasing Silhouettes is an invaluable guide. – Ann Capper, RD, CDN, Nutrition Editor, FINDINGbalance


(For more rave reviews, please visit the book’s Amazon site here)

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