My pride says, "Grace, your book could encourage so many young women as they recover from their eating disorders," My pride says, "There is so much potential for your book; you would be famous if people knew about it." My pride says, "Your book could be a bestseller if only people would let you promote it." But as I focus on my book and my platform and my lack of success, I quickly drown in discouragement. Perhaps I need to focus less on my efforts and focus more on God’s will.
Hi y'all, I'm super excited to share a podcast link with you for today's post! It's for The Boundless Show! This podcast is part of Boundless, a young adult ministry of Focus on the Family. For the Culture Segment of this podcast (which is about 30 minutes into this episode, wink wink), I discuss my journey through anorexia and my journey through recovery with host Lisa Anderson. From a typical day in the life of an anorexic to my current relationship with food, we covered a variety of eating disorder- and recovery-related topics.
Yes, from Day One, He had been walking with me through the book publication journey—from compiling my messy thoughts in a Word document that eventually turned into a manuscript to submitting book proposals and query letters to signing a book contract to preparing Real Recovery for publication to becoming an officially published author with reviews on Amazon and speaking opportunities in churches and schools. Somehow, though, none of that seemed to matter to me when I thought about the fact that I wasn’t speaking at national and international conferences…or writing for magazines with thousands of readers…or having book signings at every bookstore across the United States. The opportunities that God had provided thus far didn’t feel like enough. I didn’t feel like enough.
Hi, friends! For today's post, I'm actually going to share a podcast link with you from UncommonTEEN, which is a ministry led by Jamie Kirschner that's dedicated to helping young women thrive in their God-given identity. I was recently on the UncommonTEEN podcast to talk about Real Recovery: What Eating Disorder Recovery Actually Looks Like and to share some of my story about anorexia and recovery. This was the first podcast I'd ever been on, so shout out to Jamie for taking a chance on me! I so appreciate her kindness and support of Real Recovery! I also appreciate her mission to help teen girls grow in Christ! To listen to Jamie's interview with me, head over to the UncommonTEEN podcast!
Real Recovery: What Eating Disorder Recovery Actually Looks Like is officially three months old! You know what that means...it's time for a giveaway! Check out this short video to learn how to enter to win your free copy of Real Recovery!
Ever since I signed a contract for Real Recovery: What Eating Disorder Recovery Actually Looks Like, I’ve been afraid. Actually, I was afraid before I ever signed the contract. I’ve harbored fears about writing a book, becoming a published author, and finding success. To be more specific, I’ve harbored fears about being unable to write a book, become a published author, and find success. There’s now a checkmark next to “write a book” and “become a published author,” but there’s not yet a checkmark next to “find success.” I realize that success is a subjective concept, so here’s my version of it: being a well-known, well-loved published author. And I haven't found that success yet.
As my emotional, mental, and spiritual recovery continued, I slowly became less resistant to it. I don’t think that reading a biblical passage is a cure for anorexia. However, I do know that the Truth—specifically from God’s Word—sets us free (John 8:37). If there’s someone in your life who’s recovering from anorexia, perhaps you could share that with her. You may also want to share the following verses with her because even though they may be the hardest Bible verses for a recovering anorexic to hear, they are the truest words she could ever hear.
I wanted to open up about *why* I wrote it. I feel like the *why* behind a book is sometimes just as important as the *what* inside a book. Why did I specifically choose to write about eating disorders and recovery? Why did I write Real Recovery? Here are two of the main reasons.
As you probably know, it has been an exciting few weeks here! With the release of Real Recovery: What Eating Disorder Recovery Actually Looks Like, I've been thinking of ways to spread awareness about this topic and spread excitement about this book! So if you're tired of reading about Real Recovery and how it can transform your eating disorder recovery (or the recovery of someone you love), check out this video instead! This isn't usually how I roll, but it's never too late to try new things, right? If you love what you watch and want to learn more, head over to Amazon!