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A Guide to Treatments That Work, Second Edition

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Peter Nathan & Jack Gorman Alison Hawkinson

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This book belongs in every college library. It is a systematic review of various treatments currently in use for thoroughly all of the recognized mental disorders. Written by experts in the field and complete with many useful bibliographies, the volume is of considerable importance to those interested in the field of mental health and treatment. -Barnes & Noble

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A Life of Redemption and Destiny

Author:

Joyce Meyer

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Joyce Meyer suffered through many years of extreme sexual and emotional abuse, only to discover a loving God who responded to her prayers, changing her mind, her spirit, and, eventually, the course of her life. You don't need to suffer any longer from alcoholism, substance abuse, poverty, bad relationships, family dysfunction, sexual harassment, and other life-destroying issues. Through her personal life and experiences, you will find strength and courage so that you, too, can:" Stop the endless cycle of pain." Fulfill God's destiny for your life." Overcome personal weaknesses." Experience genuine forgiveness." See God use you in miraculous ways." Find freedom from depression and abuse." Conquer timidity and helpless dependency.Both men and women alike will find that God can-and doesuse anyone, no matter how bad his or her past circumstances may be, to accomplish truly astonishing and miraculous things.Break free from the bondage of your past! -Barnes & Noble Although not a book about eating disorders, it is a book about overcoming extreme abuse, bad relationships, personal weaknesses, and a dysfunctional family life‌.just for beginners. Joyce Meyer is one of my favorite people who has helped me develop my personal relationship with Jesus. Reading this book has changed the outlook I have for my own life. I was astonished to find out how her life began and the roots that she came from. She is a true example of how God can help us overcome ANYTHING. Recommended as a book of hope for anyone. - Janette Lucht

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Anatomy of a Food Addiction

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Anne Katherine, M.A.

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HOPE, HELP, AND A REAL EXPLANATION FOR THE DISEASE OF FOOD ADDICTION. If you have struggled with compulsive eating, dieting, and the guilt and conflict they bring, your life will be changed by this important, life-affirming, and astonishingly wise book. Anne Katherine, a Certified Eating Disorders Therapist and former compulsive eater, explains the chemical reactions in the brain that work in conjunction with lifelong emotional conflicts to make food particularly sugar and refined carbohydrates such a comfort that it's almost like a drug. Once you realize that your binge eating is a physical disease that can be treated, you can use the book's self-tests, exercises, examination of family issues, and complete recovery program for newfound understanding and confidence. -Barnes & Noble

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Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide to Recovery

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Lindsey Hall, Monika Ostroff

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Anorexia nervosa, in simple terms, is self-starvation. However, it is a complex problem with intricate roots; and, recovery is best accomplished with a grasp of sound information, specific tasks, and the support of others. All of that is provided in this guidebook, which includes: Answers to questions most often asked about anorexia, insight from recovered and recovering anorexics, Monika Ostroff's story of recovery, specific things to do that have worked for others, information on healthy eating and weight, suggestions for how to stay committed, and a special section for parents & loved ones. -Barnes & Noble I would recommend this self-help book to the individual who is just starting their road to recovery. This guide is very fundamental and practical. There is one statement made by the authors that I do NOT advise. I do not advise ―making up your own meal plan‖. This is suggested if a professional is not available. Please do not do this without the help of a professional dietician. This is probably the worst advice I had heard thus far. Other than this, most of the advice in this book is solid and sound. The author‘s story of recovery is painful and very common for those who have suffered for many years and began treatment back in the early 80‘s. Eating disorder awareness and treatment has come a long way, and even though there are still some misguided programs to be found, treatment now is built on compassion and lead by those of us who have suffered and recovered. - Janette Lucht Name/Phone Number/Email Address


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Appetites

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Caroline Knapp Perseus Distribution

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Knapp (1960-2002) investigates how women know and honor what they want in a culture determined to shape, define, and control women and their desires. She looks at how women's appetite for food, love, work, and pleasure is shaped by culture, drawing on her own early experience with anorexia to demonstrate the impact of a woman being cut off from her basic hungers. There is no index. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR Appetites was only published in 2003, but since Caroline Knapp passed away shortly after finishing the book (age 42, lung cancer), I think we can rightly speed up the process and call it a classic. This is a book you will read in a day and then purchase the next. You will recommend it to all your friends and give it to them for their birthdays. You will highlight, underline, and make notes in the margins until the book falls apart. Okay, I cannot guarantee these things, but for many of you, it is sure to be an instant favorite.

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This is not just an anorexia memoir, although the memoir of Knapp‘s anorexia is knit into the book. It is a quilt, tying together sociological commentary, research, raw details of Knapp‘s life, and interviews with other women that struggle with Appetite. This book does not give answers, it asks questions. Why do we deny our Appetites? How do we get the message that we do not deserve our Appetites, that they are too big, too scary, too... wrong? What are we truly hungry for? ―Appetite‖ is not just a woman‘s hunger for food. It can be a hunger for love, sex, alcohol, self-injury, shopping, or power... the list is ad infinitum. Knapp explains that: The extremes announce, This is who I am, this what I feel, this what happens when I don‘t get what I need... they give voice to the most central human hunger, which is the desire to be recognized, to be known and loved because of, and in spite of, who you are; they give voice to the sorrow that takes root when that hunger is unsatisfied. (p. 175) Knapp reveals, with reflective insight, her anorexia, alcoholism, perfectionism, and strained relationship with her parents. She describes how she overcame anorexia in her 20s, but it took her much longer to overcome the need for self-restraint. When chronicling her spiral into anorexia, scattered details on weight, calories, and food plans are divulged throughout. However, the context in which these numbers lie makes one sit back and think, Why would I want to deny myself? And why am I not outraged that women all across America feel they should? Knapp‘s book has a feminist edge, yet it does not blame all males. She does not come out ranting and raving, making a mockery of America‘s obsession with food and weight, but instead coaxes the reader into their own understanding. She does accuse society, but uses research to support her reasoning. This book is for any woman, regardless of age, addiction, eating disorder or lack thereof. We all have our Appetites. Some find them too scary, and make futile attempts to fill a hole that only makes it grow. Please read this book. If you think you might have an alcohol problem (or if you know you do), I highly recommend reading Knapp‘s best-selling memoir of alcoholism, Drinking: A Love Story. Numerous people have read this book drunk and finished it sober.


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Approval Addiction: Overcoming Your Need to Please Everyone

Author:

Joyce Meyer

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Janette Lucht

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So many people have an unhealthy need for affirmation. These "approval addicts" struggle with low self-esteem and emotional turmoil-which leads to major problems in their relationships with others. - Barnes & Noble

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Approval Addiction is not a book about eating disorders; however, anyone that has an eating disorder knows it is just a question of which comes first, addiction to approval or the eating disorder. They go hand in hand. This is a biblical-based book on recognizing approval addiction and how to free yourself from it. I recommend this book to anyone with or without an eating disorder. - Janette Lucht

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Assessment of Children

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Jerome Sattler

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Alison Hawkinson

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Seminal work in the assessment of children... this book is well-organized and easy to read and understand. Though some things in assessment have been updated since the writing of this edition, most things are current and concepts classic. Various methods, including structuring interviews and observations, and numerous tests are addressed. Chapters on assessing minorities, learning disabilities and other childhood disorders, mental retardation, giftedness, and brain damage are very helpful; and the book includes a fantastic chapter on report writing. The chapter on challenges we face when assessing children is considerate and thoughtprovoking. Wonderful resource for anyone working with children. -Customer review from Amazon

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Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance

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Rosie Molinary

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Seal Press

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In Beautiful You author Rosie Molinary forcefully encourages women — whatever their size, shape, or color — to work toward feeling wonderful about themselves despite today‘s media-saturated culture. Drawing on self-awareness, creativity, and mind-body connections, Molinary incorporates practical techniques into a 365-day action plan that empowers women to regain a healthy self-image, shore up self-confidence, reframe and break undermining habits of self-criticism, and champion their own emotional and physical well-being. Through accessible, doable daily actions, women and girls learn to manifest a healthy outlook on life — teaching them to live large, and starting them on the path to learning to love themselves and others. Molinary steers clear of the florid affirmations and daily meditations often utilized by books geared toward personal growth, instead delivering a hip, modern guide of inspirational thought that keeps pace with the times. A practical, candid, and accessible handbook, Beautiful You strikes a chord with every woman who has ever faltered in her self-confidence or lost her personal brilliance — and it makes sure she never lets it happen again. -Barnes & Noble

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Being Ana; A Memoir of Anorexia Nervosa

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Shani Raviv

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Recommended reading for those in mid recovery. This book richly describes the journey of a young girl‘s struggle of anorexia, drug abuse, drinking and other self destructive ways that can be a bit triggering yet necessary to get the story across. I amazingly found myself connecting to this author as having an eye defect and remembering the frustration it caused as a child as well as her way of writing about certain traumas that I can relate to. A great story told with great detail that keeps you wanting to keep reading one more page.

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Beyond Starved: Mercy for Eating Disorders

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Nancy Alcorn

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Wine Press Publishing/Nancy Alcorn

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Your obsession with food no longer satisfies the void you feel inside, and you know that you are out of control. An eating disorder has consumed your life, and you are finally ready to reach out for help. After reading Starved: Mercy for Eating Disorders, you know that there is hope for breaking free! In Beyond Starved: Real Stories, Real Freedom, Nancy Alcorn, founder and president of Mercy Ministries, presents personal stories from girls who have found real freedom from eating disorders and guides readers through practical steps to break free from this selfdestructive behavior. There is Mercy for eating disorders! -Amazon

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Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

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―Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety‖ (AA Preamble). The book Alcoholics Anonymous, more commonly referred to as the ―Big Book‖, lays out the AA twelve-step program. When the Big Book was written in 1939, only 100 men and women were in the AA program. By the time the fourth edition of the book was published in 2001, an estimated two million or more were members, and it continues to grow. The AA Preamble states, "To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book‖ (p.xiii). The first half of the book does this through unfolding alcoholism and the twelve-step recovery program. Alcoholics, the book explains, do not suffer from a moral failure or a lack of willpower. Rather, they have an illness, so that once they begin to drink, they develop an overpowering craving for more alcohol. However, there is a solution: the twelve steps, the foundation for a simple spiritual program that can lead to physical, mental, and emotional recovery. The second half of the book offers forty-two personal stories, showing how the twelve steps worked for a diverse group of people, and how they can work for you too. ―If you have a drinking problem, we hope that you may pause in reading one of the forty-two personal stories and think: ‗Yes, that happened to me‘; or, more important, ‗Yes, I‘ve felt like that‘; or, most important, ‗Yes, I believe this program can work for me too‘‖ (p.xii). If you believe you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol, please pick up this book or go to an AA meeting. Many meetings are ―open‖, meaning you do not have to be an alcoholic to attend. You can find an AA meeting in your area by going to aa.org

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Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery

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Lindsey Hall, Leigh Cohn

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This intimate self-help guidebook offers a complete understanding of bulimia and a plan for recovery. It includes a two-week program to stop bingeing, ideas for things to do instead of bingeing, a guide for support groups, specific advice for loved ones, and "Eat Without Fear," Lindsey Hall's story of her self-cure, which has inspired thousands of other bulimics. This 25th anniversary edition updates all information from previous editions, with additional material on assessment, new diagnostic categories, men and bulimia, evidence-based treatment, familyassisted recovery, the influence of media (including the Internet), the essentials of "long-term recovery," and much more. Drawing on its established track record of success, Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery includes input from 400 recovered bulimics and is packed with valuable tips for therapists, educators, bulimics, and their loved ones. -Barnes & Noble I found most of this book to be very informative and helpful. It explains bulimia in a way that could be helpful: for those without an eating disorder, in that they might better understand the disorder; and for those with bulimia, to gain insight into their behavior and to not feel so alone in their struggles. The book also offers a ton of great practical advice and suggestions for what to do to begin the recovery process. This book does have some parts that could be triggering, particularly the chapter where the author shares her story (descriptions of symptom use are quite detailed and I would consider skipping that chapter, especially for people just beginning their recovery/treatment process). Overall, I think this is a great book. It has something for everyone, whether someone is looking to better understand others, gain insight into themselves, or looking for the ‗how to‘ in beginning recovery. - Angie Fugleberg Name/Phone Number/Email Address


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Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery

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Lindsey Hall, Leigh Cohn

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This intimate self-help guidebook offers a complete understanding of bulimia and a plan for recovery. It includes a two-week program to stop bingeing, ideas for things to do instead of bingeing, a guide for support groups, specific advice for loved ones, and "Eat Without Fear," Lindsey Hall's story of her self-cure, which has inspired thousands of other bulimics. This 25th anniversary edition updates all information from previous editions, with additional material on assessment, new diagnostic categories, men and bulimia, evidence-based treatment, familyassisted recovery, the influence of media (including the Internet), the essentials of "long-term recovery," and much more. Drawing on its established track record of success, Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery includes input from 400 recovered bulimics and is packed with valuable tips for therapists, educators, bulimics, and their loved ones. -Barnes & Noble I found most of this book to be very informative and helpful. It explains bulimia in a way that could be helpful: for those without an eating disorder, in that they might better understand the disorder; and for those with bulimia, to gain insight into their behavior and to not feel so alone in their struggles. The book also offers a ton of great practical advice and suggestions for what to do to begin the recovery process. This book does have some parts that could be triggering, particularly the chapter where the author shares her story (descriptions of symptom use are quite detailed and I would consider skipping that chapter, especially for people just beginning their recovery/treatment process). Overall, I think this is a great book. It has something for everyone, whether someone is looking to better understand others, gain insight into themselves, or looking for the ‗how to‘ in beginning recovery. - Angie Fugleberg Name/Phone Number/Email Address


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Book:

Came to Believe

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Britt Ahlmstrom

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Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders: A Step-by-Step Treatment Manual, Third Edition David Barlow

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Alison Hawkinson

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This clinical guide and widely adopted text presents state-of-the-science guidelines for treating frequently encountered adult disorders. The Handbook is unique in its focus on evidence-based practice and its attention to the most pressing question asked by students and practitioners--"How do I do it?" Leading clinical researchers provide essential background knowledge on each problem, describe the conceptual and empirical bases of their respective approaches, and illustrate the nuts and bolts of evidence-based assessment and intervention. -Barnes & Noble

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Conquering Eating Disorders: How Family Communication Heals

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Sue Cooper , Peggy Norton

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Seal Press

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In Conquering Eating Disorders, Susan Cooper, a licensed psychologist and group psychotherapist, and Peggy Norton, a dietician with thirty years of experience, bridge the gap between the statistics and the real-life issues to help teens and parents gain the communication skills necessary to support the healing process. Parents need to know that only in Conquering Eating Disorders will you hear directly from teens struggling with eating disorders and get expert advice on how to interpret and respond to what your teen is saying—even when they're not talking. -Barnes & Noble

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Current Psychotherapies, Sixth Edition

Author:

Raymond Corsini & Danny Wedding

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Alison Hawkinson

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Highly respected and used in the field's top programs, Current Psychotherapies provides readers of counseling, psychology, and social work with an authoritative treatment of the major systems of psychotherapy. Each contributor is either an originator or a leading proponent of one of the systems, and each presents the basic principles of the system in a clear and straightforward manner, discussing it in the context of the other systems. -Barnes & Noble

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Desperately Seeking Self

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Viola Fodor

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For people concerned with eating disorders and the psychotherapists who treat them. This is a gift book that can be given to anyone troubled by foodand weight issues, family and loved ones, and therapists. Using an unique approach—a dialogue between a client and therapist—this book offers a spiritual dimension to healing from eating disorders. Presented in an appealing gift book format, the intimate dialogue will help readers open their hearts and minds to explore the nature of the inner self and the importance of self-love. The client, a woman with bulimia, is a composite character based on patients Ms. Fodor has helped during her fifteen years as a psychotherapist. Their conversation, in a question and answer format, touches on the most basic human questions and truths, such as: Why do I have this illness? Who am I to think that I deserve more? How does life become different when we awaken to this deeper level? Is anxiety a natural state? What exactly is a transformation? -Barnes & Noble Reading this book is like sitting down in a safe place with a trusted therapist. The format actually resembles a conversation between therapist and client. Comfortable and wise; intuitive and eerily accurate. Recommended reading at any stage of recovery. - Janette Lucht

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Doing Family Therapy: Craft and Creativity in Clinical Practice, First Edition

Author:

Robert Taibbi

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Alison Hawkinson

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This is a practical guide for working with families, couples, and individuals within a family context. Book chapters review the phases of family therapy and potential therapist concerns at each phase (e.g., establishing rapport, getting unstuck). Specific steps in doing family therapy are described clearly, and the book is rich with clinical examples. Throughout the book, therapists are challenged to trust what they know and to learn about what they do not know. The goal is to help beginning family therapists learn about the basics of family therapy and to discover their own style of working with families. The objectives are worthy, and this primer accomplishes its goals. This book appears to be written primarily for beginning family therapists, but it may also be of interest to experienced clinicians looking for new ideas from a seasoned professional. The author has worked with families for 23 years, and he is widely published in the areas of clinical practice, supervision, and family life. Subtitles help organize topic areas within chapters. Exercises designed to make the material personally relevant for therapists are provided at the end of most chapters. -Barnes & Noble

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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff… and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life Richard Carlson

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Alison Hawkinson

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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff is [a book] that tells you how to keep from letting the little things in life drive you crazy. In thoughtful and insightful language, author Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down in the midst of your incredibly hurried, stress-filled life. You can learn to put things into perspective by making the small daily changes Dr. Carlson suggests, including advice such as "Choose your battles wisely"; "Remind yourself that when you die, your 'in' box won't he empty"; and "Make peace with imperfection." -Barnes & Noble

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We have enough to deal with on a day-to-day basis. Why take the small stuff and make it the big stuff… This book contains great messages for all of us. There are 100 “small things” given a one or two page downsizing. You may not remember them all, but it does help to put life into perspective. Recommended reading for anyone.

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Eating in the Light of The Moon

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Anita Johnston

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By weaving practical insights and exercises through a rich tapestry of multicultural myths, ancient legends, and folktales, Anita Johnston helps the millions of women preoccupied with their weight discover and address the issues behind their negative attitudes toward food. -Barnes & Noble

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Each chapter in this book addresses slightly different topics (food, hunger, body image, addiction, etc), all related to the overarching theme of femininity. Each chapter includes some kind of story, myth, or metaphor, which the author then explains within the context of those topics and themes. If you‘re looking for a book that is thought-provoking, this is it. I had a difficult time making connections with some of the stories, but once explained by the author, I felt like they were very helpful in achieving insights into myself and the eating disorder, and in helping me appreciate and value being a woman! So if you‘re interested in any of those things, I highly recommend this book! - Angie Fugleberg

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Eating Disorders: The Quest for Thinness (3 Copies)

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Edward T. Welch

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New Growth Press

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EATING DISORDERS- What started as an innocent diet has turned into a monster. You eat too little. You eat too much. You restrict. You binge. Some days you wish you could just forget about food. Can someone like you ever learn to eat normally? Edward T. Welch describes how easy it is, in a weight-conscious world that also uses food for comfort, to take the small steps that lead to a full-blown eating disorder. The way out is by understanding the thoughts and emotions that trigger your eating habits, and then taking the big step of trusting God, instead of your food rules and rituals. -Barnes & Nobles

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Empty: A Story of Anorexia (3 copies)

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Christie Pettit

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Baker Publishing Group

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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. -Barnes & Noble In this book Christie speaks of her own struggles of anorexia that started when she was a freshman in college. Christie comments that she never really understood the true meaning of what having an eating disorder was until she had lived through her own issues. She didn't think that being strict with her diet and obsessive with exercising categorized her as having an eating disorder. Part of the reason she wrote this book was to help people become more aware of the wide range of issues that people who have eating disorders face. This book definitely looks not only into the physical struggles that Christie faced throughout this time, but also her internal struggle of finding out who she really was. Christie was trying to figure out the special things that made her unique in her own sense. The main theme of this book is about the journey to discover who you are. Throughout this book Christie includes comments from other young women who have also dealt with the issues brought up. She includes these to help the reader get a different perspective than just her own about how to address each of the issues she decides to focus on. Christie begins by telling her own story of how her eating disorder started. She was a college freshman, and like many other young women in this situation, she was scared to gain the dreaded "freshmen fifteen." Christie took it into her own hands to start to really watch what she was eating and start working out more. She was also playing division one tennis for her school as well, and teaching tennis lessons on top of her workouts. Eventually this took over her life and she started losing weight, which she confused with her mindset of trying to be at her ideal body weight so she would perform at her best. By the end of the school year she had lost 25 pounds and people had become concerned, even though her doctor did tell her that she was still healthy, he warned her about anorexia. Over the summer Christie lost more weight, and when she returned to school her coach was worried and sent her to have a check up, following the NCAA regulations. This is when she was told she was anorexia and she was told to see a counselor and a nutritionist. This started her long journey with herself to overcome her eating disorder. She took to the help of a counselor, nutritionist, her journal, but most of all God. Christie's book is divided into six parts: is something wrong with me, what is really going on, what is beneath the surface, how does God fit in, where do I go from here, and who am I? Each part has excepts from her journal that she had kept since high school that documented her struggle. Each except from her journal is a new chapter within each part, and after it she explains what was going on in her head at that time, as well as provides information to the reader including how to relate to her feelings and how these are similarities with many young women who are struggling with anorexia. At the beginning of each part she explains what the following excepts will focus on which I think is a very informative way to see into her struggle. You begin by reading about her denial that anything is wrong, then to her working on accepting

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her problem and getting help, finding her way through the help of God, and learning that even though she has been deemed "healed" by her counselor, she is not healed in a complete sense. Christie is a Christian and seeks help from God to help her find a way to overcome her eating disorder. Anyone who has faith in God will find that her biblical excepts are not only helpful, but empowering. Throughout her book Christie realizes that the most important person in her life besides herself is God, and that without Him she would have never been able to overcome the evil that had clouded her sight to see what was really important to her. I would recommend this book to be in the Lending Library because it has a powerful message of the strength that faith can have in helping someone overcome their darkest struggles. The actual excepts from Christie's journal really help the reader connect to her and how she was feeling throughout her struggles, and the comments that she has included from other young women help the reader look at each issue in more than one way which can help anyone see that there is more than one way to both look at and deal with an eating disorder. Name/Phone Number/Email Address


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Fat Chance

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Leslea Newman Leslea Newman

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Judi Liebowitz thinks she's fat. And she's convinced, as she confides in her diary, that she'd be happier if she were skinnier. So when Judi becomes friendly with pencil-thin, glamorous Nancy Pratt, she learns Nancy's secret and joins her in the secret binge-andpurge cycles of bulimia. Before long, Judi's life spins out of control and her obsession with food, calories, and pounds is no longer another typical eighth-grade problem--it's a matter of life and death.

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Fat Kid Rules The World

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While it is not your typical ED book, it speaks volumes about eating disorders. It is about a 300-pound teenage boy who believes the worst of himself. His mother died and it's just him, his dad, and his brother at home. The story is not about him finding himself, losing weight, and living happily ever after. However, the way the author weaves this story through one emotion after another and you watch this young boy go from absolutely believing he is a grotesque example of humanity to believing that he is really a worthy human being is a journey I found myself not wanting to end. A major sticking point of this book is perception. Perception becomes distorted when we live only within ourselves and the walls that have been built around us. When walls comes down, perception changes, and so does "our world". Recommended at any stage of recovery.

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Fat is a Family Affair

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Judi Hollis, PhD CHS

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With more than half a million copies sold, Fat is a Family Affair is recognized as the benchmark text on family dynamics and eating disorders. Newly updated with current research, perspectives, and stories, this instructive and engaging guide provides the latest thinking, compassionate counsel, and step-by-step assistance to individuals who suffer from compulsive eating behaviors--specifically overeating and undereating. Judi Hollis is eminently qualified to offer guidance on this topic, having counseled families for more than 30 years and pioneered the nation's first Twelve Step eating disorders treatment program.

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Feeding the Fame: Celebrities Tell Their Real-Life Stories of Eating Disorders and Recovery Britt Ahlmstrom

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Finding Your Voice through Creativity

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Mindy Jacobson-Levy , Maureen Foy-Tornay

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This workbook combines art therapy exercises and guided journal writing for individuals who want to explore their relationship with food and their bodies in a new way. Written by board-certified art psychotherapists, the pages of this workbook literally serve as a canvas for thoughts and feelings "spoken" primarily through art and elaborated upon through writing. Readers are encouraged to draw, write, and create directly in the book. These images, symbols, and journal entries then become a "personal signature" that can be accessed and explored to resolve any obstacles to emotional well-being. Included are 58 expressive art projects and corresponding written exercises, which lead readers through specific stages of self-discovery related to disordered eating patterns, body image issues, relationships, life skills, emotions, self love, and personal transformation. -Barnes & Noble

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From the First Bite: A Complete Guide to Recovery from Food Addiction

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Kay Sheppard

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Health Communications Inc.

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Unlike other books that are very dry in nature, this book includes compelling personal stories and do's and don'ts from other recovering and relapsed food addicts, including the author herself, who began her own recovery in 1967. The book explains how to avoid the physiological and situational triggers that lead to relapse; how to confront the emotional issues behind food cravings; how to establish a balanced food plan that eliminates cravings; and how to avoid hidden dangers in cleverly packaged foods. The book also includes a handy Twelve-Step workbook. Just as Sheppard's first book broke new ground, her latest work offers a critical first step for food addicts on the road to physical, emotional and spiritual recovery.

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Goodbye Ed, Hello Me

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Jenni Schaefer

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Jenni Schaefer and Ed (eating disorder) are no longer on speaking terms, not even in her most difficult moments. In her bestseller, Life Without Ed, Jenni learned to treat her eating disorder as a relationship, not a condition-enabling her to break up with Ed once and for all. Combining Jenni's signature personal advice and unfailing encouragement along with valuable exercises you can do as you read, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me will give you the prescriptive tools to take the final steps in divorcing your Ed completely. -Barnes & Noble What could a life of recovery feel like? Can one really be totally and completely recovered from an eating disorder? Jenni Schaefer answers this question with a resounding…YES! This book spoke to me on a new level, a level without fear, a level where I found myself saying, ―There might actually be life out there‖. Confident, encouraging, and uplifting, Jenni discusses what it can be like to never talk to ―ED‖ again and to find real, true confidence within yourself and God. What a full life (pun intended) you can have that has nothing to do with food. Definitely recommended for any level of recovery, but I do believe you will get the most out of it if you are at least at the beginning of following a ―meal plan‖ and have made the conscious decision to want recovery. Home Run! - Janette Lucht Name/Phone Number/Email Address


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Handbook of Experiential Psychotherapy, First Edition

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Leslie Greenberg, Jeanne Watson, & Germain Lietaer

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Alison Hawkinson

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Integrating the work of leading client-centered, gestalt, interpersonal, focusing, and process-oriented therapists, Handbook of Experiential Psychotherapy covers both conceptual foundations and current treatment applications. Contributors present well-articulated approaches to treating depression, PTSD, anxiety, and other problems, emphasizing the need to work with the client's own moment-bymoment experience of disturbing states and processes. The volume delineates a variety of experiential methods--from working with clients to symbolize bodily felt sense, evoke memories, and express intense feelings, to helping them reflect on their experience, maintain gains from session to session, and create new meanings for themselves. The role of the therapist's relational stance in promoting particular emotional processes is also examined, and newly developed models of experiential diagnosis and case formulation are described. -Barnes & Noble

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Hidden Hunger

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Maxine Davies

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Hidden Hunger is essentially Maxine's story about her own struggle with an eating disorder. She talks about the possible causes of eating disorders, going back to childhood years. Although eating problems are very real, they're actually the symptoms of a much deeper hunger, which is usually hidden - even from those who are desperate to be free. This book looks at many of the root causes of eating disorders and offers help and hope to all those who suffer in this area and those who care for them. This is written from Maxine's heart and reflects her personal experience. -flipkart.com I recommend Hidden Hunger to everyone at any stage of recovery. Hidden Hunger is a no-nonsense; get-to-the point, story of recovery. However, it is more than that. Maxine Vorster takes the time to share her story from beginning to present, but she goes beyond her story to share with the reader how much God really does love us and wants the best for us. It was during my review of this story that I myself fully began to understand I am not alone. God is with me wherever I go, and no matter what I do or don‘t do, He still is with me and loves me. God can do anything if we just let Him. True recovery can be achieved with His help. This book is a fast read and I guarantee worth your time. - Janette Lucht Name/Phone Number/Email Address


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Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina

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Rosie Molinary

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In Hijas Americanas, author Rosie Molinary sheds new light on what it means to grow up Latina. Drawing upon her own experiences, as well as interviews and surveys collected from more than 500 Latina women, Molinary provides a powerful understanding of the inner conflicts and powerful triumphs of Latinas. The women profiled in this book are Caribbean, Mexican, Central American, and South American. These first-, second-, and third-generation Latinas have all grappled with the experience of coming of age within not one but two cultures — that of the United States, and that of their familial homelands. Hijas Americanas addresses experiences that are uniquely female and Latin, focusing on themes of body image, standards of beauty, ethnic identity, and sexuality. In doing so, Molinary gives voice to the struggles and successes of Latinas across racial, sexual, and cultural identities, emphasizing that the challenges inherent in growing up between two cultures can positively shape Latinas' lives. -Barnes & Noble

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Hollow: an unpolished tale (2 copies)

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Jena Morrow

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29 years, 7 months, 14 days and the battle still rages‌ Jena Morrow has an eating disorder. It can kill her. Jena Morrow has a Savior. He came to give her abundant life. This is not a polished tale of victory but an honest, true story of fragility. Hollow recounts Jena‘s daily struggle with anorexia and the God who is able and willing to reach down into the dirt. A central theme of Hollow is the surrender of control to Jesus Christ. His Word is interwoven throughout the story as rebuttals to the lies that besiege those engaged in any addiction. In addition to her point of view, Jena includes those of her friends, family, and former therapists providing an undercurrent of hope. Written in an easy conversational voice, Hollow will resonate with those in the midst of a struggle and those who stand beside them. -Barnes & Noble Hollow is an autobiographical story written by Jena Morrow. This book tells how her disorder started and where her journey into recovery has taken her today. I would recommend this book to someone who has already admitted, or has a friend that has admitted, they have a problem and know that they need help, but are having trouble finding the right path to their recovery. Morrow takes you through her time in rehab and through times of temptation, showing that not everyone is perfect and not every plan for recovery is perfect. - Allison Barthel

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Hope, Help, and Healing for Eating Disorders (2 Copies)

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Gregory Jantz

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Eating disorders–including anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating–are among the most painful and difficult illnesses a person can face. Sufferers know firsthand the confusion and agony these illnesses can bring. They also know how it feels to long for hope–and to wonder if victory can ever be achieved. The truth is, eating disorders affect the whole person. Yet treatments often focus on emotional issues alone. In this powerful book for individuals who suffer from eating disorders and those who love them, Dr. Gregg Jantz fills in the gaps left by traditional treatment programs, tackling not only the emotional, but also the crucial and all-too-often ignored relational, physical, and spiritual dimensions of healing. Outlining a comprehensive, holistic, and practical approach, Hope, Help, and Healing for Eating Disorders brings spiritual, relational, and physical elements back into the healing process. Described by best-selling author and physician Lendon Smith, author of Feed Your Kids Right, as ―the most helpful book on eating disorders there is,‖ this book will, with God‘s help and grace, lead readers out of their bondage to eating disorders and permanently transform lives. -Barnes & Noble This is a wonderful resource for anyone who is fighting an eating disorder or has a loved who is struggling. This book covers everything from how eating disorders affect our innermost being and spirit, to statistics that I wish I had known about eating disorders when I was just a young child. Reading this book is a process and makes you sit up and pay attention. The information in this book is from people who have been there and got out and some who are still struggling. There is no sugar coating and it hits you right where you live. Honestly, it is the best recovery book I have read thus far, and I find myself thinking daily about the discoveries I have made along the way. Definitely a must read for everyone. - Janette Lucht NEW REVIEW: This book was written by a doctor by the name of Gregory L. Jantz and a Writer by the name of Anne McMurray. This book is both educational and self reflective. It gives great insight to the physical dynamics as well as the mental, emotional, relational and spiritual dynamics that simultaneously influence disordered eating behaviors. The chapters start with a very personal anecdotal story that gives you great insight into the inner monologue and perception of someone struggling with an eating disorder. There is a story for many different types of eating disorders, not just anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. They address the many combined techniques people use to control their environment through food and since it is coming from the first person point of view it is very insightful and emotional. These stories are nicely complemented by solid supporting information about the driving forces behind the eating disorder as well as things people do to prevent recovery. I would not recommend this book for someone who is at the beginning stages of their recovery or hasn't reached out for the support of professional help. There are exercises and questions at the end of each chapter that encourage personal growth and reflection, but this by no means makes it a do it yourself help book. The preface warns that this book can be very triggering for people. The author recommends using it in conjunction with outside help. I would recommend this book for people who want a good book to maybe take their self reflection to the next step or for someone who is trying to help a loved one through recovery. A section that is especially helpful is appendix B at the back of the book where Dr. Jantz answers frequently asked questions from his clients. Overall I think this a good book that could be used as a strong tool in the journey to recovery. - Ruby Myers

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Humanistic Psychotherapies: Handbook of Research and Practice

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David Cain & Julius Seeman

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Alison Hawkinson

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This resource comprises a compendium of the most recent research results and practice techniques in humanistic psychotherapy. Editors Cain and Seeman provide an overview of the history, characteristics, and evolution of the field; and leading experts discuss various therapeutic approaches including client-centered, Gestalt, existential, and experiential. In offering guidelines for practice and introduce innovative methods, they focus upon empirical evidence from psychotherapeutic practice that demonstrate the importance of empathy on the part of the therapist. They also stress the effectiveness of these therapies in working with client emotion and enabling those with severe disabilities to progress. -Barnes & Noble

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Hunger Point

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Jillian Medoff

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Recommended reading for individuals in stable recovery. Hunger Point is a great novel; however, at times it is very graphic and painful. I was hooked by the first chapter, and it was definitely hard to put down. Not wanting to give any ―spoilers‖, I won‘t say anything more than the end could have been better, but it could have been worse. I would summarize by saying, your life is molded by the choices you make, the people you take advice from, your family, your friends, but mostly….you.

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Hungry: One Woman's Battle with and Victory over Anorexia and Bulimia

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Jessica Skinner

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Hungry recounts Jessica‘s vivid story of battling and eventually beating anorexia and bulimia. In recovery she learned that what she really longed for was to feel close to God and the people around her - to be completely loved and to love completely. Journey back with her into her childhood, where the enemy's lies were planted. Walk by her side as she leads you through the details of her victorious battle and learn how you too can be set free. -Burning One Books

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One of two things will happen when you read this book. You will develop a deeper relationship with God, or you will truly come to believe in Him and the healing he offers us all. Jessica shares her horrendous journey through anorexia, bulimia and recovery. I felt as if I was actually right there with her. Recommended to be read over and over again. Certain areas may be a bit triggering, but worth reading through as Jessica describes how she gains victory. I would recommend this book at any stage of recovery and especially to those who have loved ones with eating disorders. - Janette Lucht

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If Your Adolescent Has an Eating Disorder

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B. Timothy Walsh, V. L. Cameron

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In clear and accessible language, Dr. B. Timothy Walsh and V. L. Cameron explain exactly what eating disorders are and describe their characteristics, as well as signs and symptoms. They outline the right way to go about getting a diagnosis if you suspect your child may have an eating disorder, about when and where to get treatment, and about how to navigate the healthcare system. There is also advice on how to handle everyday life—both at home and at school—once your child is diagnosed, and on how to communicate with your teen. Complete with red flags to look out for and warnings on the dangers of doing nothing, this book will help parents and other adults face and deal effectively with adolescent eating disorders before they become life-threatening. - Barnes & Noble If Your Adolescent Has an Eating Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents is an incredible book for parents who have adolescent daughters or sons with anorexia, bulimia, or ED-NOS. The book employs both scientific and heartrending anecdotal evidence. Parents are quoted throughout the book. Their children fought anorexia or bulimia and recovered, still struggle, or tragically died. The book stresses that eating disorders can be deadly, treatment is a must, and recovery is a long process that often involves relapses. It offers suggestions on how parents can confront their child about their eating and help both the child and themselves recover. The book also explains that eating disorders do not discriminate based on gender, and switches between ‗she‘ and ‗he‘ pronouns. My two qualms with the book are that it does not cover ED-NOS until further on and that it largely neglects binge eating disorder. I recommend this book to parents who are largely uninformed about eating disorders and who have either not yet confronted their child or whose child is just beginning treatment. This book would also be helpful for teachers and coaches. - Britt Ahlstrom Name/Phone Number/Email Address


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Instant Karma

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Barbara Ann Kipfer

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Alison Hawkinson

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Help others. Help yourself. Be a better person, and make the world a better place. Using the wisdom of the East to instruct and inspire, Instant Karma is a universe of things a reader can do, right now, to accumulate good karma. And, like pennies going into a piggy bank, each is a seemingly little thing-but feed the bank day after day and feel it grow richer and happier... Instant Karma is a compulsive, densely packed, chunky little book of 10,000 or so suggestions, wishes, thoughts, and the occasional heartening quotation. -Barnes & Noble

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Keeping the Moon

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Recommend for any stage of recovery. Keeping the Moon is about a young teenager who has grown up in a life of losing weight, exercise, eating ―right‖, etc. Her mother is a fitness guru with a ―Never Say Die‖ attitude, that Colie just can‘t wrap her mind around. Even though she is no longer ―overweight‖ she still is the outcast. She is teased because of bad rumors and even worse friends. She spends a summer with her aunt that brings her to life. She discovers true self worth, and that she is not what other people make her out to be. A novel of self discovery and growing into your own skin. Definitely worth reading.

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Life without Ed

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Jenni Schaefer

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Janette Lucht

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Life Without Ed was the first eating disorder recovery book I ever read. It changed my life. It changed the way I looked at an eating disorder. I was able to separate the eating disorder from myself, give it a name, and begin the process of getting rid of a really bad ―friendship‖. ED comes to kill, steal, and destroy and that is what my supposed friend was doing to me. If you have an eating disorder, or even think you have an eating disorder, READ THIS BOOK. Loved ones of those with eating disorders, READ THIS BOOK. Recommended at any stage of recovery, but especially for those at the beginning of recovery or those who don‘t even want to recover. READ THIS BOOK! - Janette Lucht

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Journal to Freedom from Eating Disorders

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Laurie Glass Laurie Glass

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This is no ordinary book on eating disorders. Laurie not only shares her experiences and struggles with anorexia behavior, but gives positive support to anyone with any form of an eating disorder. This book is very in-depth yet also very readable. Laurie gives constructive and practical advice, all with a generous amount of prayer and biblical support. However, in order to benefit from this book, the reader needs to have the will and desire to change their lives, a thing the author encourages from the very early chapters in the book.

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Making Weight: Men's Conflict with Food, Weight, Shape & Appearance

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Arnold Andersen, Leigh Cohn, Thomas Holbrook

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The negative body-image epidemic that affects millions of women is also a hidden problem for millions of men. In spite of a decade-long emphasis on health and fitness - or perhaps because of it - more men are suffering from a variety of eating disorders and self-abusive behaviors. Using vignettes from their patients, the authors present a new program to help men overcome these problems. They offer ways to enhance self-image, facts about why diets fail, information about the dangers of using steroids, and a section for women who want to help the men in their life. -Barnes & Noble Making Weight: Healing Men‘s Conflicts with Food, Weight, & Shape is not a book on eating disorders in men; it is a book on nutrition, exercise, cultural expectations of men, and the ―Ten Steps to Healthy Living‖. The first half focuses on how culture and biology have determined what constitutes ―fatness‖ in men and women, drawing on the field of sociobiology and evolutionary psychology. The second half goes into detail about weight and nutrition. It contains many comments that an individual with an eating disorder might find ―triggering‖, conflicting with what their therapist and nutritionist may teach. The last chapter gives advice to families but comes across as very blaming. I would not recommend this book to any male – or anyone – with an eating disorder. Individuals without eating disorders who struggle with obesity, yo-yo dieting, and ―weight-ism‖ may appreciate this book. Britt Ahlstrom Name/Phone Number/Email Address


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Mapping the Moral Domain: A Contribution of Women's Thinking to Psychological Theory and Education, First Edition Carol Gilligan, Jill McLean Taylor, Betty Bardige, Janie Ward, & Jill Taylor

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Alison Hawkinson

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In the fourteen articles collected in this volume, Gilligan and her colleagues expand the theoretical base of In A Different Voice and apply their research methods to a variety of life situations. The contrasting voices of justice and care clarify different ways in which women and men speak about relationships and lend different meanings to connection, dependence, autonomy, responsibility loyalty, peer pressure, and violence. By examining the moral dilemmas and selfdescriptions of children, high school students, urban youth, medical students, mothers, lawyers, and others, the authors chart a new terrain: a mapping of the moral domain that includes the voices of women. In this new terrain the authors trace far-reaching implications of the inclusion of women's voices for developmental psychology, for education, for women, and for men. -Barnes & Noble

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MMPI-2: A Practitioner's Guide

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James Butcher

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Alison Hawkinson

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Since its introduction in 1940 and revision in the 1980s, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) is one of the most widely used psychopathology assessment instruments. Butcher... introduces this text/reference of 19 chapters intended to aid graduate student and practitioners in MMPI-2 test interpretation. Contributors treat general issues; case studies of diverse applications (e.g., evaluation of disability, with Hispanic clients); the research base; and new scales. The chapter on malingering treats the key issue of validity. Sources for MMPI translations into other languages conclude the volume. -Barnes & Noble

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MMPI-2: Assessing Personality and Psychopathology, Third Edition

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John Graham

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Alison Hawkinson

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[D]etailed, and comprehensive, MMPI-2: Assessing Personality and Psychopathology, 3/e, encompasses all that has been learned about the original MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) and its revisions—the MMPI-2 for use with adults and the MMPI-A for use with adolescents. Ideal for graduate courses in psychological assessment, it is also useful as a reference guide for researchers and clinicians. The text begins by describing the development and revision of the original MMPI and then focuses on the MMPI-2, presenting detailed instructions for administering, scoring, and coding the test. The interpretation of validity, clinical, content, and supplementary scales is discussed and illustrated with cases. A section concerning the use of the MMPI-2 with special populations such as older adults, ethnic minorities, medical patients, and prisoners is also included. The development of the MMPI-A is described and its interpretation is illustrated. -Barnes & Noble

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Mom, I feel fat! (2 Copies)

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Sharon Hersh

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Focus on the Family

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Never before have our daughters been more concerned and obsessed with the concept of being "fat." From kindergarten on up, girls worry about the size of their stomachs, backsides, and thighs, and even the youngest experiment with dieting and exercise. Much has been written to girls on the challenges they face with regard to body image. But where can a mother turn for advice on how to proactively parent a daughter struggling with--or soon to confront--these insecurities? -Barnes & Noble

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―Mom I feel Fat!‖ is a really good book for any mother to read, regardless of if their child/children has an eating disorder. The basic principal and overall theme I get from this book is this: when a daughter sees her mother doing something, she tends to emulate that behavior, and this concept is especially evident in relation to body image and weight. She explains that now a day‘s mothers are not happy with their physical selves and are too busy with the hustle and bustle of everyday life to take the time to really care how to change themselves in a healthy way. They begin to adopt unrealistic standards of who they should be that no real women could obtain without a lot of money for surgery or drugs. So the outcome of this is to go on a diet, and to diet according to Hersh is the reason why eating disorders develop. Over all she is saying that dieting does not create a healthy, renewed person whose weight is now at what they have always desired it to be. She explains that now a mother‘s metabolism and body chemistry is off and the effects of dieting could possibly create more havoc on the body and mind than the damage that was done on it before. Daughters are witness to all of this and the now the cycle begins of daughters emulating their mother‘s choices. Hersh wants mothers to understand their body issues first, and then they will be able to raise young women with healthy body images and high selfesteem. Mothers are empowered to make themselves whole first because this is what a daughter truly needs from her mother in time of despair. Towards the end of the book the author breaks down why certain girls are anorexic and certain girls are bulimic and the relationship that their family plays in their disease. This was interesting to me because I never thought of it like she does. For example she says that ―girls with bulimia may be people pleasers who don't want to disappoint the expectations of people they like and respect, use food to numb their emotions, don't know how to express their own emotions, and will internalize all her families‘ emotions. Families of bulimic girls tend to have tension at mealtime, have parental conflict, have family patterns of dieting (everyone is on and off of diets), and have parents who are depressed or have substance abuse problems." She then states that "girls with anorexia may have matured earlier than others, may have been physically or sexually abused, parents could be in the midst of a divorce or great conflict, and they have a tendency to be perfectionists. Families of anorexic girls tend to impose an identify on their daughters and are rigid and intolerant of the girl's opinions or desires, may be distant and uninvolved, or be intrusive, overprotective, and unable to deal with conflict, and be critical and demanding." So an anorexic girl is trying to keep something out, but the bulimic girl is searching for something to take in. This was interesting to me because I never thought of it like she does. I have absolutely no idea if this is true or false, but I like the point she is trying to make. Another important note is that this book is biblically based and relies very heavily on religion and God for answers. - Jayme Hamburger

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Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society, Second Edition

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Donna M Gollnick/Philip C. Chinn

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This book presents social class, ethnicity and race, gender, exceptionality, religion, language, and age as micro-cultures to which students and teachers belong. Integrating critical pedagogy with research, it uses these micro-cultures as the basis for explaining pluralism and multicultural education. Gollnick is affiliated with the national Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Chinn teaches at California State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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My True Reflection (2 copies)

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Leigh-Ann Brisbin

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Millions suffer from eating disorders. Many who are as young as seven and women as old as seventy, and even 1 percent of the male population, have been diagnosed with anorexia or bulimia. Leigh-Ann Brisbin struggled with this addiction for nineteen years, and she shares how she found lasting freedom through her walk with Christ. With full descriptions of the warning signs of anorexia, and bulimia, and the physical effects of these diseases, this book equips the reader with the necessary tools for acquiring health and wholeness. Written in a reader-friendly style, My True Reflection also provides journal questions, prayers, and Scripture references at the end of each chapter to direct the reader to lasting answers through Christ. -Amazon.com While I think it is a good story of overcoming an eating disorder, I do believe it sends readers an unclear image of suffering. The author states that God let's us suffer and doesn't even mention we can pray for healing. She ultimately triumphs over her eating disorder, but again, I am conflicted with the message it may send someone who is searching for God and faith. I believe we can ask for healing and it will come as long as we believe and receive. The author does not mention this, but only states that the pain she experiences is a constant reminder that she needs God in her life, when in reality she need only to ask for healing. My belief is that God is a good God who will grant healing if we ask for it and truly receive it. (Psalm 30:2 Oh Lord my God, I cried to You and You have healed me.) A very good book, but I caution the reader who may be fooled into thinking God wants us to feel pain to remind us we need him. - Janette Lucht Name/Phone Number/Email Address

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Narcotics Anonymous Sixth Edition

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Britt Ahlmstrom

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Narcotics Anonymous, Basic Text, sixth edition, is the Basic Text for the Narcotics Anonymous (NA) twelve-step program. Although NA begins with the word ―Narcotics‖, the book makes it clear that the program is for anyone ―whose use of any mind-altering, mood-changing substance causes a problem in any area of life.‖ This includes the use of obvious illegal and ―hard‖ drugs, but it also includes the use of drugs such as painkillers, benzodiazepines, stimulants, marijuana, and alcohol. NA does not discriminate based on type or amount of drugs used. The program aims to be all-inclusive. The Basic Text explains that: Narcotics Anonymous is a Fellowship of men and women who are learning to live without drugs. We are a nonprofit society and have no dues or fees of any kind...We have paid for the right to recover with our pain... The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. We have seen the program work for any addict who honestly and sincerely wants to stop. We don‘t have to be clean when we get here... We don‘t have to wait for an overdose or a jail sentence to get help... Addiction is not a hopeless condition from which there is no recovery. (p. 9-10) The book is split into two parts. Part one explains addiction, the NA program, and the twelve steps. Part two includes numerous members‘ stories, all coming from a wide variety of different backgrounds. The NA program, as with all twelve-step groups, is adapted from the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Narcotic drug-users can attend AA, and alcohol-drinkers can attend NA. The Basic Text (published 1983) is NA‘s equivalent to the AA Big Book (published 1939). If you do not like the NA Basic Text, I suggest you pick up the AA Big Book (and vice versa). Some prefer using the original AA literature, while others favor the more contemporary NA literature. You do not need to be an addict to attend an NA meeting. Although ―closed‖ meetings are for addicts and those who think they might have a drug problem, ―open‖ meetings are for anyone interested in seeing what NA is like. To find an NA meeting near you, go to www.na.org

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Narrative Therapy: The Social Construction of Preferred Realities, First Edition

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Gene Combs & Jill Freedman

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Alison Hawkinson

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For psychotherapy students, teachers, and practitioners, this book describes the clinical application of the growing body of ideas and practices that has come to be known as narrative therapy... An overview of this branch of psychotherapy through an examination of the historical, philosophical, and ideological aspects, as well as discussion of specific clinical practices and actual case studies. Includes transcripts from therapeutic sessions. -Barnes & Noble

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Next to Nothing

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Carrie Arnold

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Carrie Arnold developed anorexia as an adolescent and nearly lost her life to the disease. In Next to Nothing, she tells the story of her descent into anorexia, how and why she fell victim to this mysterious illness, and how she was able to seek help and recover after years of therapy and hard work. Now an adult, Arnold uses her own experiences to offer practical advice and guidance to young adults who have recently been diagnosed with an eating disorder, or who are at risk for developing one. Drawing on the expertise of B. Timothy Walsh, M.D., one of America's leading authorities on eating disorders, she reveals in easy-tounderstand terms what is known and not known medically about anorexia and bulimia. The book covers such difficult topics as how to make sense of a diagnosis, the various psychotherapies available to those struggling with an eating disorder, psychiatric hospitalization, and how to talk about these illnesses to family and friends. The result is both a compelling memoir and a practical guide that will help to ease the isolation that an eating disorder can impose, showing young people how to manage and maintain their recovery on a daily basis. -Barnes & Noble After reading Next to Nothing by Carrie Arnold the possibility of recovery becomes a reality. Arnold does an excellent job at detailing her own experience in recovery and provides honest and helpful advice. While her focused audience is adolescents, it is a great source for all ages recovering from an eating disorder as well family and friends of this person. Realizing that she had to ―live what she was learning [in treatment]‖ (65), Arnold does an exceptional job at providing guidance through every step of recovery and details on how to take what one learns from treatment and apply it to everyday life. While the book is very motivating and helpful, there are some ―triggering‖ parts in the beginning that may be dangerous to those who are not committed to recovery. For example Arnold writes, ――items containing fat were the first to go, then meat, then pretty much anything with calories‖ (16); however, once one makes it past these parts Arnold does a superb job at describing ways to ignore what ―Ed‖ says to you. Recovery is difficult and it is often much easier to fall back into old habits; Arnold provides the necessary guidance to make recovery attainable. Overall, this book should definitely be recommended to those seeking to recover or who are currently at any stage in recovery. Furthermore, it should be recommended to those who know someone with an eating disorder because Arnold defines different types of eating disorders, treatments, and medications as well as stating what she wished her parents and friends knew about her eating disorder. Christine Harris Name/Phone Number/Email Address

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Nothing

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Robin Friedman

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This book provides an account of a Jewish teenage boy‘s struggle with bulimia. It does a good job of drawing out the connection between life stressors and using eating disorder symptoms to cope. The book is primarily told from the eating disorder sufferer‘s perspective, but it is interspersed with chapters from his sister‘s point-of-view, as well. It is a quick read, and it is likely to be most helpful to support persons and those trying to gain an understanding of the emotional underpinnings of eating disordered behavior. The one drawback in this book is that it focuses mostly on the progression of the illness and gives little detail about the recovery process. It could be potentially triggering for those still vulnerable to symptom use.

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Perfect Health;The Complete Mind/Body Guide

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Deepak Chopra, MD CHS

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Perfect Health provides a complete step-by-step program of mind body medicine tailored to individual needs. A quiz identifies the reader's mind body type: thin, restless Vata; enterprising, efficient Pitta; tranquil, steady Kapha; or any combination of these three. This body type becomes the basis for a specific Ayurvedic program of diet, stress reduction, neuromuscular integration, exercise, and daily routines. The result is a total plan, tailor-made for each individual, to reestablish the body's essential balance with nature; to strengthen the mind body connection; and to use the power of quantum healing to transcend the ordinary limitations of disease and aging—in short, for achieving Perfect Health.

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Perk! The Story of a Teenager with Bulimia

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Recommended reading for any stage of recovery. Perk is a young reader‘s book about eating disorders, specifically bulimia. It was an interesting novel and it could be helpful for a young teen to see how the pressures of school, family, and peers could impact life and lead to an eating disorder.

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Personality and Psychopathology: Feminist Reappraisals

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Laura Brown PhD & Mary Ballou Alison Hawkinson

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Synthesizing decades of feminist thinking, this volume presents original critiques of mainstream theories of personality and psychopathology. Part I examines the limitations that underlie traditional views of human nature, including their lack of accounting for the contextual and structural forces that affect human development. Part II homes in on traditional views of mental health and disorder. Addressing several large categories of psychopathology--depression, schizophrenia, agoraphobia, personality disorders, and trauma--chapters provide a feminist alternative to prevailing conceptualizations. Questioning the very foundations of our ideas about maladaptive behavior, authors argue for building new models that define distress in a more complex, contextual manner. This book presents a pioneering feminist perspective on the theoretical and conceptual foundations of treatment. It is indispensable reading for therapists of all disciplines, and serves as a text for upper-level courses in personality, psychopathology, and the psychology of women. -Amazon

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Put on Your Dancing Shoes

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Liz Heaney

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Put on Your Dancing Shoes is a book of quotes, with a few pages of writing from the author. The premise is that to enjoy life, you need to get out there and live it. You must “put on your dancing shoes” and dance rather than think about doing it. You must also choose to be positive. Although the book is slightly Christian and dancing focused, anyone could enjoy reading the quotes from it. It is your typical motivational quote book, so it is something you would place on your coffee table rather than curl up with in bed. It does not mention food or weight, and is appropriate for any woman. Adults would probably prefer the book over adolescents. A quote by Mark Twain aptly summarizes the book: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. (p. 11)

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Power Source Parenting; Growing up Strong and Raising Healthy Kids Bethany Casarjian CHS Power Source Parenting offers practical advice and support to at-risk teen parents, helping them to navigate the very challenging job of parenting. It equips them with the social and emotional competencies and regulatory skills to handle the weighty challenge of raising their own child in a healthy way, often in a manner that diverges from the way they were parented. Among topics addressed are: creating healthy attachments to one’s child; coping with the stress of parenting; developing and implementing positive discipline practices; bringing greater awareness to patterns of high-risk behavior and its effects on one’s children; and delaying future childbearing until adulthood, thereby providing both the young parent and his or her child a longer and healthier developmental window.

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Psychotherapist's Guide to Psychopharmacology, Second Edition

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Michael Gitlin Alison Hawkinson Gitlin (psychiatry, UCLA) provides a guide to medicines used for treating mental and emotional disorders, designed to familiarize mental health professionals who do not prescribe medicine with the latest medical treatment options. He describes the type of treatment used for numerous disorders, explaining in detail how each medication works and its effects. -Barnes & Noble (Note: This book was written in 1996)

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Purge: Rehab Diaries (2 copies)

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Nicole Johns

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Seal Press

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Purge is a beautifully crafted memoir that has a Girl, Interrupted feel. In this raw and engaging account of her months in rehab, Nicole Johns documents her stay in a residential treatment facility for eating disorders. Her prose is lucid and vivid, as she seamlessly switches verb tenses and moves through time. She unearths several important themes: body image and sexuality, sexual assault and relationships, and the struggle to piece together one's path in life. While other books about eating disorders and treatment may sugarcoat the harsh realities of living with and recovering from an eating disorder, Purge does not hold back. The author presents an honest, detailed account of her experience with treatment, avoiding the clichĂŠd happily-ever-after ending while still offering hope to those who struggle with eating disorders, as well as anyone who has watched a loved one fight to recover from an eating disorder. Purge sends a message: though the road may be rough, ultimately there is hope. -Barnes & Noble

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Put on Your Dancin' Shoes

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Liz Heaney

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A visual portrayal of the feats and foibles of ordinary people involved in extraordinary events. Paired with time-tested truths and words of inspiration, this book offers hope, motivation, and a few chuckles, as grandiose achievement encounters the human condition. Through these breath-taking images, you will discover and enjoy human nature in its finest moments as ordinary people find a way to make the most of what comes their direction. -Lifeway

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Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

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Mary Pipher

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Alison Hawkinson

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Pipher writes from a dual perspective: that of a clinical psychologist who has been counseling girls for more than 20 years and of a mother of a teenaged daughter. Her report is frightening. Girls reaching adolescence in the 1990s must thread their way through a maze of difficult and sometimes life-threatening decisions about alcohol, sex, drugs, weight, and interests. Girls receive mixed messages from society about how to look, act, and feel, Pipher asserts, even though they are not intellectually ready to make decisions of this magnitude. As a result, depression, eating disorders, addiction, and suicide are increasing at an alarming rate. Pipher offers some practical suggestions and strategies for parents to help girls into adulthood with their sense of self intact. She also sounds a wake-up call to parents, urging them to become involved in the lives of their daughters and to change the societal pressures that push girls into crisis situations. This clear, compassionately written work, read by the author, is recommended for most libraries. -Barnes & Noble

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Secret Scars

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Abigail Robson

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A young girl's story of her journey through self-harm and related disorders to a life of freedom. From five years old, Abbie didn't know who she was supposed to be. To deal with her lack of identity she turned to self-harm, using it as a form of control. Eventually she began the painstaking process of ceasing her behavior and discovering her identity in Christ. She was finally able to say that she was free of self-harm. This honest account shows how difficult it is to be a Christian who is struggling, and that healing is something that happens throughout Christian life, as you grow in God. She was finally able to say that she was free of self-harm. This honest account shows how difficult it is to be a Christian who is struggling, and that healing is something that happens throughout Christian life, as you grow in God. Adullam Ministries Abigail Robson writes in-depth about her struggle with self-harm, anorexia, and bulimia and how converting to Christianity and leaning on God and friends pulled her out. The book was occasionally slow, yet still engaging, and while even nonreligious individuals may enjoy it, they may feel the book does not offer them any guidance. I recommend this book to Christian individuals early in recovery who are struggling with self-harm and anorexia/bulimia, with the warning that the book has graphic descriptions of self-harm and could be triggering or disturbing. Friends and family may enjoy the book as well. Note that this book takes place in England and, at times, that can make it confusing. - Britt Ahlstrom Name/Phone Number/Email Address


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Self-Esteem: Tools for Recovery

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Lindsey Hall, Leigh Cohn

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Gaining self-esteem is particularly challenging for individuals in recovery because their coping mechanisms have replaced an honest and compassionate relationship with their own selves. This challenge is addressed here with twenty, short, specific "tools," easy-to-use exercises, and examples that come to life. Barnes & Noble

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This is a no-nonsense book of ―tools‖. Tool 14 - The authors go into depth on the discussion ―We are not our feelings‖. For those new to therapy, please, please, learn this first. Know that you know that you know, that feelings DO PASS. This book is a process and I encourage the reader to do the exercises at the end of each chapter (in your own journal of course). At first the exercises made me feel silly, but persevere and you will be rewarded with a renewing of your mind, your thoughts, and hopefully your actions as time progresses. My favorite quote: ―Stilling the mind and doing affirmations are two of the most powerful activities you can do to change habitual negative thinking‖. I recommend this book especially for the ‗newbie‖ but definitely a good read for any stage of recovery. - Janette Lucht Name/Phone Number/Email Address

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Shapesville

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by Andy Mills, Becky Osborn, & Erica Neitz

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Shapesville is a cute, brightly illustrated children‘s book. It focuses not just on accepting different shapes, but also on embracing diversity of size and color. The plot involves five differently colored shapes that radiate confidence and teach you that you can love yourself, no matter what ―size, shape, or color you are.‖ It also briefly touches on eating a variety of food groups and exercising. My favorite page says: So tell all your friends, whatever shape they may be, that what matters most may not be on TV. It‘s not the size of your shape or the shape of your size, but what‘s in your heart that deserves first prize. Discussion questions are included at the end, so the reader can ask children questions like, ―Do you think it‘s okay that kids tease each other about being different sizes, shapes, and colors?‖ It is sad that a book like this is needed, but for many children it may be helpful. Shapesville is a great springboard for discussions about accepting other people just as they are.

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Skin

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By Adrienne Maria Vrettos

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Recommended reading for those in mid recovery. From the perspective of a younger brother watching his sister waste away. The brother feels he has to be in control, watch what his sister eats, make sure his parents get along, does well in school, etc. This is definitely a book for loved ones or friends of those touched by eating disorders. This is a very straightforward statement that eating disorders effect everyone who cares for the individual suffering from an eating disorder and how there is a ripple effect, and is just as devastating to those watching ED destroy a loved one. ED (eating disorders) destroys families, not just people.

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skinny

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Recommended reading ONLY for those who find themselves in solid recovery. This book brought me to a dark place every time I picked it up. It is very real. It is very triggering. Narration from the individual effected by the eating disorder and from her beloved sister; this novel is heart wrenching and left me wanting to jump into the book to save them both. REVIEW 2: A book to read at any stage of recovery. Skinny was an uplifting novel. Although, portraying the ravages of an eating disorder, the author is very practical and shows a side of what many young teenagers are facing today; acceptance, getting good grades, wanting to attract the attention of the cutest boy in school, being the best at whatever they attempt, etc. Somehow this gets translated into, ―If I could just be thin enough, I would be cuter, smarter, faster, better, etc.‖ Eating disorders sneak up on you. They are not loud at first, but in the end they become roaring monsters. Please read ―Skinny‖ with an open mind. You are sure to be touched deeply whether you are suffering from an eating disorder at 11 or 37 or perhaps the loved one of someone suffering from an eating disorder.

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Starved: Mercy for Eating Disorders

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Nancy Alcorn

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Wine Press Publishing/Nancy Alcorn

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The seemingly insignificant desire to lose a few pounds can quickly become a powerful, addictive eating disorder. Maybe you've already tried to escape but failed. Or maybe you're just now willing to admit that you have an eating disorder. Is there any hope for breaking free? Starved will help you learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder, understand how and why eating disorders develop, and know how to break free and stay free. Read the stories of girls just like you, who once had no hope but now live with joy and freedom. There is mercy for eating disorders! -Barnes & Noble

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Initially this is an A to Z book of understanding an eating disorder; however, it is much more than that. I would especially like to point out page 42, “Renew Your Mind” and page 46, “Break the Curse”. This is a Christian-based book and recommended for any stage of recovery. A must read.

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Starving for Salvation

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Michelle Lelwica

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Oxford University Press

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In Starving for Salvation, Michelle Lelwica challenges traditional theories by introducing and exploring the spiritual dimensions of anorexia, bulimia, and related problems. Drawing on a range of sources that include previously published interviews with sufferers of eating disorders, Lelwica claims that girls and women starve, binge, and purge their bodies as a means of coping with the pain and injustice of their daily lives. She provides an incisive analysis of contemporary American culture, arguing that our dominant social values and religious legacies produce feelings of emptiness and dissatisfaction in girls and women. Trapped in a society that ignores and denies their spiritual needs, girls and women construct a network of symbols, beliefs, and rituals around food and their bodies. Lelwica draws a parallel between the patriarchal legacy of Christianity, which associates women with sin and bodily cravings, and the cultural preference for a thin female body... Although Lelwica presents many disturbing facts about the origins of eating disorders, she also suggests positive ways that our society can nourish the creative and spiritual needs of girls and women... Until we recognize and contest the religious legacies and cultural values that perpetuate eating disorders, many women will continue to turn to the most accessible symbolic and ritual resources available to them--food and their bodies--in an attempt to satiate their profound spiritual hunger. -Barnes & Noble Most ideal for a clinician to read

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Starving for Salvation

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Michelle Lelwica

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Michelle Mary Lelwica‘s Starving for Salvation, The Spiritual Dimensions of Eating Problems among American Girls and Women, was an extremely challenging read. I was not able to read much of this book due to the writing style. I liked the topic which the book centers on the Spiritual Dimensions of Eating Problems among American Girls and Women, but the reader gets lost in the details. The train of thought is sometimes hard to follow; I can‘t recommend anyone to read this book.

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Stick Figure

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REVIEW 1: Stick Figure is unique in that it is written from the perspective of an eleven year old girl. As such, it lacks the educational and ‗self-help‘ components that many other books about eating disorders have but it does have the raw honesty of a child. I thought it was very interesting to read the accounts of a child and her ‗in the moment‘ struggle with her eating disorder. However, because it is the perspective of a child it lacks the explanations/insights that I, personally, find appealing in eating disorder books. But if your goal is to understand the mindset of a child with an eating disorder, then I would recommend this book. REVIEW 2: Recommended reading for any stage of recovery. This novel is set in the form of a diary written by an 11-year-old girl. I believe this to be a very true account of the way the mind of a young girl works. The perceptions that are formed at young age often stay with us through our adult years. The way we are treated as young people forms the way we treat ourselves and others. This book left me wanting to be a better parent. The parents in this story make me want to scream. When looked at from an 11-year-old‘s point of view, the parents do seem crazy and uncaring and downright mean. However, as an adult, I can see that what the little girl sees as the parents not caring is most likely misunderstanding and problems bigger than a little girl can understand. Naturally, the young girl would assume, the better I can be, maybe my parents will act better. I can guarantee, after reading this book, if you are a parent, you will definitely want to communicate more with your children and explain to some extent that what the child sees is not exactly what is going on. We want the best for our children, but we must remember to let them grow up to be who they want to be, not what we think they should be.

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The Anorexia Workbook

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Michelle Herrner, Georg Eifert

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Statistics suggests that as many as 2.5 percent of American women suffer from anorexia; of these, further research indicates that one in ten of these will die from the disorder. This is the only book available that addresses the particular needs of anorexics with the techniques of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), a revolutionary new psychotherapy. The authors of this book are pioneering researchers in the field of ACT, with numerous research articles to their credit Despite ever-widening media attention and public awareness of the problem, American women continue to suffer from anorexia nervosa in greater numbers than ever before.

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The Bantam Medical Dictionary

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Laurence Urdang, Editors of Market House Books Ltd

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Alison Hawkinson

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Here, in one compact volume, is a medical reference you will turn to time and time again. The... third edition of The Bantam Medical Dictionary provides... medical information in a format that is as useful to the general reader and student as it is to the health-care practitioner. Compiled by a distinguished team of more than 40 doctors and experts, this essential reference spans the entire domain of the health sciences, defining more than 10,500 medical terms and concepts in all the major medical and surgical specialties. Commonly prescribed drugs are defined and cross-referenced between generic and brand names, and frequently used medical abbreviations and acronyms are explained. Written in clear and accessible language, these are definitions anyone can understand. -Amazon Compiled by a distinguished team of more than 40 doctors and experts, this essential reference spans the entire domain of the health sciences, defining more than 10,500 medical terms and concepts in all the major medical and surgical specialties.

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The Body God Designed

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Gregory L. Jantz, PhD with Ann McMurray The Center

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When you look in the mirror, do you like what you see? Or do you just see flaws: seat too big; chest too small; thunder thighs and bird legs; ears that stick out; and hair that sticks up? It's time to stop longing for a perfect body and start recognizing and recovering the body God designed. Dr. Gregory Jantz helps you look at yourself as God does while providing the keys to making the most of your body, including: Healthy models for each body shape, Principles you can use for effective, long-term weight loss, How to stop your secret and mindless eating habits, Differences between healthy and unhealthy fats and where to find each.Psalm 139 tells us how God feels about us-we are "fearfully and wonderfully made." We get the first half; it's the "wonderful" we sometimes have trouble with. The Body God Designed presents the idea that God Himself made you and has a body intended just for you. This God-intended body may have been altered by your circumstances or by your behaviors, but with God's help, you can restore it to the level of health and vitality He planned for you.

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The Broken Mirror

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Katherine A. Phillips

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Oxford University Press

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In a world obsessed with appearances, it is not surprising that body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD, has manifested itself as a troubling and relatively common problem for many individuals. In The Broken Mirror, the first and most definitive book on BDD, Dr. Katharine Phillips draws on years of clinical practice, scientific research, and professional evaluations of over 700 patients to bring readers her expertise and experience with this often debilitating illness... Many sufferers are able to function well in society, but remain secretly obsessed by their "hideous acne" or "horrible nose," sneaking constant peeks at a pocket mirror, or spending hours at a time redoing makeup... It is not an uncommon disorder, simply a hidden one, since sufferers are often embarrassed to tell even their closest friends about their concerns. The author presents the stories and interviews of over 200 individuals to show the many different behaviors and symptoms of BDD, and includes a quick self-assessment questionnaire. Four new chapters provide updated information on treatment of BDD, frequently obtained treatments to be avoided, and more detailed advice for family members and friends on how to cope with the disorder. -Barnes & Noble The Broken Mirror

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The Food and Feelings Workbook

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Karen Koenig

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An extraordinary, powerful connection exists between feeling and feeding that, if damaged, may lead to one relying on food for emotional support, rather than seeking authentic happiness. This unique workbook takes on the seven emotions that plague problem eaters — guilt, shame, helplessness, anxiety, disappointment, confusion, and loneliness — and shows readers how to embrace and learn from their feelings. Written with honesty and humor, the book explains how to identify and label a specific emotion, the function of that emotion, and why the emotion drives food and eating problems. Each chapter has two sets of exercises: experiential exercises that relate to emotions and eating, and questionnaires that provoke thinking about and understanding feelings and their purpose. Supplemental pages help readers identify emotions and chart emotional development. The final part of the workbook focuses on strategies for disconnecting feeling from food, discovering emotional triggers, and using one‘s feelings to get what one wants out of life. -Barnes & Noble

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The Good Eater

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Ron Saxen

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Raised in a sternly disciplined, religious household, author Ron Saxen rose to become a top fashion model-only to watch his dreams crumble as binge eating disorder packed hundreds of pounds onto his sleek physique. With candor, wit, and keen insight, he tells the inspiring story of his struggle to overcome his obsession with food and weight and his quest to forge a stable and positive identity. A real page-turner. - Barnes & Noble

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The Group Therapy Treatment Planner, First Edition

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Arthur Jongsma, Jr. & Kim Paleg Alison Hawkinson

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The Group Therapy Treatment Planner provides all the elements necessary to quickly and easily develop formal treatment plans that satisfy the demands of HMOs, managed care companies, third-party payors, and state and federal review agencies... A critical tool for mental health professionals developing formal treatment plans for working with a variety of groups. -Barnes & Noble

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The Invisible Man (2 copies)

Author:

John Morgan

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Taylor and Francis Group

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Increasingly boys and men are suffering with eating disorders and related body image problems. Some have full-blown conditions such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating, compulsive exercising or bigorexia. Others are distressed by slightly lesser degrees of disordered eating or over-exercise and seek ways of overcoming their problems. The Invisible Man applies the latest research to produce a practical, problem-focused self-help manual for men with eating disorders and body image problems. - Clinical Psychology and Psychiaty Arena

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The Invisible Woman: Confronting Weight Prejudive in America

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W. Charisse Goodman Britt Ahlmstrom

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W. Charisse Goodman’s, The Invisible Women, investigates weight prejudice in America. This book discusses how American society views full-figured women, assumptions, damaging stereotypes and prejudice in the media. Throughout the book the author threads the common theme of invisibility. From childhood to adulthood, if as a female you do not have the accepted body type you are not accepted, is a message that women must constantly contend with. This book is at times repetitive, but the author has done a lot of research and makes up for that repetition by being very informative while covering a large amount of information.

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The Language of Letting Go Journal

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Britt Ahlmstrom

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The Long Road Back: A Survivor's Guide to Anorexia

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Judy Tam Sargent Britt Ahlmstrom

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The Monster Within (3 copies)

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Cynthia McClure

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Cynthia Rowland was an outwardly vivacious and successful television news reporter, who inwardly had slipped into the depths of bulimia. An addiction to binging and purging and heavy doses of laxatives finally landed her in treatment. The Monster Within tells the story of her descent into sickness, her struggle to learn why she was engaging in slow suicide and the courage and grace it took to get well. This updated edition includes a section of answers to some of the common questions the author is asked about bulimia. Anyone suffering from an eating disorder (there are eight million bulimics in America alone), as well as parents, friends, counselors, and pastors will find hope and help through this engaging true life story. -Barnes & Noble The book tells the story of the author‘s stay in a psychiatric ward, and her process of treatment for bulimia. I have a couple of concerns about this book. For one, the author‘s descriptions of her symptoms are extremely graphic and could be triggering for readers. And two, the treatment she describes receiving is unethical in a number of ways and not something that would be ok by today‘s standards, yet this is not addressed at all. One of the only positive messages is to reach out to others instead of the eating disorder. Considering all the other great books on EDs that are out there, I would not recommend this one. - Angie Fugleberg

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The Overcoming Bulimia Workbook

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Randi McCabe, Traci McFarlane, and Marion Olmsted

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This comprehensive guide covers everything from bulimia's symptoms, causes, and risks to how to normalize eating, shift eating-disordered thoughts, build on personal strengths, improve self-esteem, deal with underlying issues, prevent relapse, and understand what medications can help. With many real-life examples, this book also helps readers learn through the experiences of other sufferers how to overcome their disorder and live a happier, more fulfilled life. - Barnes & Noble

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The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders

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W. Agras

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A rich source of authoritative content that supports reading and study in the field, The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders reviews current research and clinical developments through synthetic chapters written by experts from various fields of study and clinical backgrounds... The book is divided into four sections: phenomenology and epidemiology of the eating disorders, approaches to understanding the disorders, assessment and comorbidities of the disorders, and prevention and treatment... The multiple perspectives and breadth of scope offered by The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders make it an invaluable resource for clinicians, researchers, and educators, as well as scholars and students. -Barnes & Noble

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The Power of an Encouraging Word

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Ken Sutterfield

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After the birth of the Jewish nation, but before the brutal string of invading Pagan armies, there arose an Israel a king whose splendor was so rich, his very name is still spoken with awe: SOLOMON. Inheriting and expanding a magnificent kingdom from his father, King David, Solomon, attained both spiritual and material wealth, confounding his enemies and thrilling his own people. The Bible claims there will never be another like him. His legacy includes three canonical works that flowed from God to his pen - Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. His examination of Solomon's life, and the insights into the writings themselves, give the Bible student a worthy tour through the life of a most remarkable man. -Barnes & Noble Unfortunately, I didn‘t enjoy this book at all. It consists of a bunch of short stories where encouragement helped an individual achieve a goal. The stories are similar to the hope inspiring chain letters that go around. Also, the synopsis on the back cover does not inform the reader that most of the stories mention God and Jesus Christ, and many of them quote scripture. The only part of the book that I enjoyed was the ―Encouraging Words‖ list at the very back. I didn‘t see how this book could relate to eating disorders or recovery, so I wouldn‘t recommend it for those looking for recovery literature. However, it received some positive reviews on Amazon.com, with individuals saying that both children and adults would like it, that it can restore one‘s hope in humankind, and that it can be used in programming. This book could be used at a church to inspire the congregation to help others. - Britt Ahlstrom Name/Phone Number/Email Address


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The Pursuit of Beauty

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Katie Luce

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With society's view that happiness and achievement are summed up in the figure of a supermodel, millions of women find themselves spiraling downward into a funnel of diets, self-denial, rigid workout programs, and sadly, eating disorders. Author Katie Lace, a vital partner in her husband's ministry to young people, has seen too many girls and women damage themselves - body, mind, and soul- in pursuit of what the world calls beauty. Her oran battles with eating disorders, and subsequent freedom, make her an eloquent spokesperson for the Christian response to the problems of anorexia and bulimia. In The Pursuit of Beauty, people struggling with eating disorders and poor self-image, will learn how God views them, and how to overcome destructive tendencies. By sharing her own testimony and genuine empathy, Katie Lace gives real-life answers to the sometimes harrowing pursuit of beauty. -Ebay

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The Religion of Thinness

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Michelle M. Lelwica

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With so many women approaching their diets, body image, and pursuit of a slender figure with slavish devotion, The Religion of Thinness is a timely addition to the discussion of our cultural obsession with weight loss. At the heart of this obsession is the belief that in order to be happy, one must be slim, and the attendant myths, rituals, images, and moral codes can leave some women with severe emotional damage. Idealized images in the media inspire devotees of this ―religion‖ to experience guilt for behaviors that are biologically normal and necessary, and Lelwica offers two ways to combat this dangerous cultural message. Advising readers to look hard at the societal cues that cause them to obsess about their weight, and to remain mindful about their actions and needs, this book will not only help stop the cycle of guilt and shame associated with food, it will help readers to grow and accept their bodies as they are. -Barnes & Noble In Michelle Lelwica‘s book The Religion of Thinness she connects religion and women‘s obsession with weight and food together. She explains how women have a religious like fervor when it comes to controlling our lives through food. Lelwica explores why ―The Religion of Thinness‖ is attracting so many devotees in our culture today. This book helps women in all stages of recovery really explore why they put their sense of purpose in a number instead of a spiritual connection to their own soul. Lelwica truly believes there is no one-way to recover from an eating disorder but her book helps change the mindset of those suffering by ―practicing peace with your own body. ― The Religion of Thinness truly helps to reevaluate societies ―Icons of Thinness‖ and to retrieve new inspiration in healthy spiritual growth. - Samantha Smith Name/Phone Number/Email Address


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The Rules of "Normal" Eating

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Karen R. Koenig

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Written in easy-to-understand, everyday language, The Rules of “Normal” Eating lays out the four basic rules that "normal" eaters follow instinctively — eating when they're hungry, choosing foods that satisfy them, eating with awareness and enjoyment, and stopping when they're full or satisfied. Along with specific skills and techniques that help promote change, the book presents a proven cognitivebehavioral model of transformation that targets beliefs, feelings, and behaviors about food and eating and points the way toward genuine physical and emotional fulfillment. Readers learn how to reprogram their dysfunctional beliefs, manage uncomfortable feelings without turning to food, and establish new eating habits that tune their bodies into natural sensations of hunger, pleasure, satisfaction, and satiation. Filled with humorous insights, compassion, and practical wisdom, the book outlines balanced attitudes and patterns that benefit all types of eaters. -Barnes & Noble This was a tough book for me to get through. It has a lot of great points about what is considered a ―Normal Eater‖ and how to get there, but it tended to be quite intimidating at times. Some of the ―exercises‖ were triggering and seemed a little unrealistic, but that may be because of where I am in my recovery. I do believe anyone at any stage in recovery can read this book; however, the further along, the better. Some of the chapters in this book really made sense, and manufactured positive ―tapes‖ to replay in my head; others, well they made me feel as if I might as well be reaching for Pluto or Neptune. All in all, a good read, but in my opinion, be prepared to get technical. - Janette Lucht Name/Phone Number/Email Address


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Thin Enough: My Spiritual Journey Through the Living Death of an Eating Disorder (3 copies) Sheryle Cruse

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The teen and college years are a crucial time for girls, when positive or negative views about their bodies often become manifest. Written to eating disorder sufferers who are at this critical age, Thin Enough provides hope that, through faith and trust in God, they too can rise above the living death of eating disorders and arise as God's daughters, full of life and with a promising future. -Barnes & Noble

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Very inspirational story of recovery. I did find the beginning of the author‘s story to be triggering as there is quite a bit of gut-wrenching detail. However, as the story progresses, it is the butterfly that emerges from the cocoon that makes the triggering parts worth ―reading through‖. There are journaling sections at the end of each chapter that I found very refreshing. Not the ―same old, same old‖ questions, but more soul searching from a spiritual level. (An inspiration in itself to start a journal of your own.) There are prayers at the end of each chapter as well that I found very raw and real. I found myself praying along with her. Seasoned throughout are scriptures from the Bible that have answered or explained my eating disordered thoughts and emotions. I will keep these scriptures close to my heart. A life story for anyone to read at any stage of recovery. In addition, I would highly recommend parents and loved ones to read as well. - Janette Lucht Name/Phone Number/Email Address

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Thin Enough: My Spiritual Journey Through the Living Death of an Eating Disorder (3 copies) Sheryle Cruse

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Sheryle Cruse, Thin Enough, is an excellent book. It is exactly as the cover describes it, her spiritual journey through the living death of an eating disorder. She tells the story of how she struggled with many eating disorders from childhood and on, and how that stemmed from her relationship with her father. It wasn‘t about food, is what she stresses over and over again. There was a perfection that she longed to attain. She saw herself not only as imperfect, but broken, unlovable, invisible, etc. There is a lot of contemplative questions, a lot of scriptures, and is written like a journal so it feels very personal.

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The Obsession: Reflections of the Tyranny of Slenderness

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Kim Chernin

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The Obsession is a deeply committed and beautifully written analysis of our society's increasing demand that women be thin. It offers a careful, thought provoking discussion of the reasons men have encouraged this obsession and women have embraced it. It is a book about women's efforts to become thin rather than to accept the natural dimensions of their bodies--a book about the meaning of food and its rejection. -Barnes & Noble

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Thin Enough: My Spiritual Journey Through the Living Death of an Eating Disorder (3 copies) Sheryle Cruse

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The teen and college years are a crucial time for girls, when positive or negative views about their bodies often become manifest. Written to eating disorder sufferers who are at this critical age, Thin Enough provides hope that, through faith and trust in God, they too can rise above the living death of eating disorders and arise as God's daughters, full of life and with a promising future. -Barnes & Noble

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Very inspirational story of recovery. I did find the beginning of the author‘s story to be triggering as there is quite a bit of gut-wrenching detail. However, as the story progresses, it is the butterfly that emerges from the cocoon that makes the triggering parts worth ―reading through‖. There are journaling sections at the end of each chapter that I found very refreshing. Not the ―same old, same old‖ questions, but more soul searching from a spiritual level. (An inspiration in itself to start a journal of your own.) There are prayers at the end of each chapter as well that I found very raw and real. I found myself praying along with her. Seasoned throughout are scriptures from the Bible that have answered or explained my eating disordered thoughts and emotions. I will keep these scriptures close to my heart. A life story for anyone to read at any stage of recovery. In addition, I would highly recommend parents and loved ones to read as well. - Janette Lucht Name/Phone Number/Email Address

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What to Eat

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Marion Nestle

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How we choose which foods to eat is growing more complicated by the day, and the straightforward, practical approach of What to Eat has been praised as welcome relief. As Nestle takes us through each supermarket section—produce, dairy, meat, fish—she explains the issues, cutting through foodie jargon and complicated nutrition labels, and debunking the misleading health claims made by big food companies. With Nestle as our guide, we are shown how to make wise food choices—and are inspired to eat sensibly and nutritiously. Now in paperback, What to Eat is already a classic—―the perfect guidebook to help navigate through the confusion of which foods are good for us‖ (USA Today). -Barnes & Noble To be blunt: do not read this book. It is nothing against Marion Nestle, but you simply have no reason to pick it up. If you are reading this review, you are probably related to an eating disorder clinic in some way, in which case, you have hopefully seen a nutritionist. If you have seen a nutritionist even once, you know more about food than this book will teach you. This book is an ―advanced excerpt‖ – a partial printing that was released before the actual publication of the full version in 2006. So, this book actually only contains an introduction and chapters 6, 7, 8, and 9. Considering these chapters are on dairy, this book is about milk. It has a few pages on cheese and yogurt, but in reality, it is just about milk. I will sum up this partial printing in three sentences so you will not have to read it: The United States has a weight problem. People are confused about what is ―healthy‖ to eat because food industries have an interest in selling their products at all costs, rather than an interest in improving the health of the public. For every study that claims one product is a superfood and must be eaten, there is another study that shows it is just food. In the end, the message I took away, although she certainly did not say it, is to just eat what your body wants. If you cannot tell what your body wants, get help to learn what your body wants. Lastly, stop listening to what the media tells you, because they are probably lying.

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Willow

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Julia Hoban

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Our Reviews (Reviewer) Recommended reading for anyone. Willow is not a book about eating disorders; it is a book about cutting. Cutting; however, is known to be one of many possible co-morbidities of an eating disorder. Many eating disordered individuals suffer from additional addictions and cutting is certainly one of those. Willow does come into distant contact with an individual suffering from an eating disorder and makes a strong connection to the pain they share. It is one of the major turning points of the story. This novel is amazing to say the least. It provoked tears and even out-loud laughter. Written with such compassion and caring, please read Willow with an open heart and let it be touched. Checked Out (Date Checked Out / Date Returned):

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Women, Food, and God

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Geneen Roth

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Jayme Hamburger

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Now, after more than three decades of studying, teaching and writing about what drives our compulsions with food, Geneen adds a profound new dimension to her work in Women, Food and God. She begins with her most basic concept: The way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. Your relationship with food is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation and, yes, even God. But it doesn't stop there. Geneen shows how going beyond both the food and feelings takes you deeper into realms of spirit and soul to the bright center of your own life. With penetrating insight and irreverent humor, Roth traces food compulsions from subtle beginnings to unexpected ends. She teaches personal examination, showing readers how to use their relationship with food to discover the fulfillment they long for. Packed with revelations on every page, this book is a knock-your-socks-off ride to a deeply fulfilling relationship with food, your body...and almost everything else. Women, Food and God is, quite simply, a guide for life. -Amazon The basic premise of the book is that we all have obsessive behaviors and rituals that we perform everyday whether it be related to food, drugs, alcohol…etc. The author specifically focus on food, but if this is not your obsession, you could replace the word ―food‖ in the title Woman, Food, and God with just about anything. The main message of the book is not about society‘s terrible eating habits and obsession with body image, but focuses on the food/compulsive behavior and our dysfunctional thinking around it. She tells the reader to always live in the present and feel your feelings. If you are stressed, bored, frustrated, and sad, tap into those emotions immediately and figure out why you are feeling the way you do instead of downing a bunch of chocolate(or whatever your coping mechanism may be) to drown your sorrows.

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Yes, I know this is not a revolutionary idea, and something we all intellectually know, but putting those things into practice is not always as easy as it sounds. Another reason I like this book because it is not a preachy self-help book. Her writing comes from a place of empathy and understanding and she shares her past and present life experiences with the reader in order for them to see their bad behaviors and drastically change them like she was able too. So in conclusion, this book is a reminder to every woman out there to treat, love, and respect themselves like we do to everybody else in our life. This book is packed with inspiration and lovely prose and has a refreshing and different take on universal topics. Here are my two favorite quotes from the book will forever stick with me. I think they go hand in hand and can be something to draw upon in times when you need speedy inspiration; ―No matter how developed you are in any other area of your life, no matter what you say you believe, no matter how sophisticated or enlightened you think you are, how you eat tells all." "Change happens when you understand what you want to change so deeply that there is no reason to do anything but act in your own best interest." - Jayme Hamburger

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