Eating Disorder Meaning Found in These Books

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These are great books to read if you’re struggling with body image, an eating disorder or have a friend who’s dealing with a negative perspective of her body.

Table in the Darkness: A Healing Journey Through an Eating Disorder

By: Lee Wolfe Blum

A mocking voice kept repeating, “You. Are. Fat.” in Lee Blum’s brain. She was determined not to be fat, fat was bad. She convinced herself that she was going to fix the problem. She was good at fixing things, she could certainly handle this. Lee’s determination drover to an eating disorder and exercise addiction that resulted in being hospitalized and clinically depressed. Through a long road to recovery, Lee found healing and is now a health educator at the Melrose Institute for Eating Disorders.

Book Table in the Darkness by Lee Wolfe Blum


By: Christie Pettit

Christie headed off to college on a well-deserved tennis scholarship. She was healthy, happy and incredibly talented. But her ideal of perfectionism overwhelmed her as she poured herself into an extreme perspective of fitness. She obsessed over what she ate and how much she exercised. Thoughts of food and working out controlled her live, impacting her thoughts, actions and even her relationships. When she finally admitted that she was losing her battle with her body, she turned to the Bible for help and recovery. Empty includes excerpts from Christie’s journal, where readers can experience first hand what it looks like to turn to God as your source for strength.

Empty by Christie Pettit

Love to Eat, Hate to Eat: Breaking the Bondage of Destructive Eating Habits

By: Elyse Fitzpatrick

Filled with scripture and practical tools and advice, Love to Eat, Hate to Eat centers readers’ hearts on God’s desire to transform us from the inside. Elyse Fitzpatrick speaks on how our purpose is to glorify God in all things, including eating! Fitzpatrick helps readers grasp a healthy perspective on appearance, focusing on proper care for our body as well as having an accurate view of ourselves – a daughter created in God’s image. Useful information on food, nutrition, exercise, etc. are included, providing necessary tools to overcome struggles with food, but the emphasis of the book is on the spiritual nature of our food consumption.

Love to Eat, Hate to Eat by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Life Hurts: A Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Anorexia

ByDr. Elizabeth McNaught

Lizzie went to her doctors office for a quick checkup, but couldn’t believe what she was hearing when the doctor said that she had to be admitted to the hospital because she wasn’t stable enough to live. Being diagnosed with Anorexia, the doctors told her she must regain weight, but all she wanted to do was avoid food. Now, a doctor herself, Elizabeth McNaught knows what it’s like to walk through the thoughts of anxiety, self-hate, depression and hopelessness. Her faith, family and professional support helped her out of her situation, and she can how offer personal and professional advice to young women who need the encouragement and bravery to heal from their devastating disorder.

Life Hurts by Dr. Elizabeth McNaught

Real Recovery

By: Grace McCready

Grace McCready takes a playful approach on a serious topic, which actually makes it more relatable and easier to understand. Grace didn’t see herself as the thin, beautiful girl she was. As she tried to simply lose a few pounds, she developed a controlling relationship with Ed (Eating Disorder). By personifying Ed, McCready is able to help women understand the danger, hurt and fear behind their Eating Disorder, encouraging women to seek help from healthy relationships.

Real Recovery by Grace McCready

The Life Recovery Workbook for Eating Disorders: A Bible-Centered Approach for Taking Your Life Back

By: Stephen Artenburn and David Stoop

You’ve heard of the twelve step program. It’s for addicts – of any kind – including individuals struggling with an eating disorder. Walk through the incredible twelve step process to find recovery and freedom in Christ with The Life Recovery Workbook for Eating Disorders. Stephen Artenburn and David Stoop take real-life stories and walk you through Bible-centered teaching as they focus on:

  • gaining a true picture of how God sees us,
  • experiencing the healing that begins with confession,
  • repenting from sins expressed in unhealthy eating,
  • allowing God’s Spirit to fix food additions,
  • reaching beyond ourselves to see how our suffering has caused pain for others,
  • growing closer to God through prayer and meditation.
The Life Recovery Workbook for Eating Disorders by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop

The Real Me

By: Natalie Grant

On the outside, it appeared that Natalie Grant had it all. She was beautiful, talented, loved by many! But as the stage lights gleamed brighter, so did the tormenting thoughts in her head. Consumed by media and outside voices, Natalie began to belief the lies more than the truth. Through years of recovery and traveling a road to understand her Father’s love and satisfaction for her Contemporary Christian Musician, Natalie Grant now proclaims a mission to help young women see their true beauty and diminish deception.

The Real My by Natalie Grant

In Pursuit of the Ideal

By: Nancy Wilson

Attractive, popular, vivacious and intelligent: Nancy had it all. Yet somehow, she still felt an intense and continuing need to be ever more perfect, which drove her to develop a life-threatening eating disorder. Compassion and empathy permeate Wilson’s writing as she cuts to the core and openly tells how she fell into the agonizing traps of anorexia and bulimia. She speaks with conviction about key factors contributing to the development of her eating disorder and deals gently with the hurt and the pain, while bringing to light the grief it causes.

In Pursuit of the Ideal by Nancy M. Wilson

Most importantly, Nancy shares how she was able to climb out of her devastating nightmare. She offers powerful insights and lists practical steps to help hurting teens find freedom and complete healing. In this world of media bombardment which shouts to young people that only perfection leads to self-worth, In Pursuit of the Ideal offers a realistic lifeline of deliverance and hope.


By: Lorri Antosz and Taryn Leigh Benson

A sad and heartbreaking story. I think I cried every page until the last. It expressed the pain of having an eating disorder so accurately, whether it was because the sufferer was older, or because she had it for a longer time. There are accounts from both mother and daughter, and how it affects the family. A must read.

Distorted by Lorri Antosz and Taryn Leigh Benson

Read a first-hand account from a normal girl, fighting the scary eating disorder disease.

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