The face of anorexia is not a glossy model in a perfume ad. It’s a starving animal, circling the empty cupboards, blank-eyed and vacant. It’s a face frozen in a rictus grin, mouthing lies. ‘I’m fine,’ it says. ‘Everything is under control.’
‘I have always felt hungry,’ says Emma Scrivener. ‘Not just for food, but for everything: from money to recognition. I’m a human chasm, a vortex of insatiable longing.’
Rescued from a disorder that nearly killed her, Emma is now passionate about warning others about the dark and hidden world she inhabited for too long.
A New Day
How do you move on from a life-dominating addiction? How can we learn to live again when negative patterns have overwhelmed us? How should we help others when they battle with mental ill health?
In Emma’s follow up to A New Name, she shows that all of us struggle with hunger, anxiety, control, shame, anger and despair. But through Jesus and the help of his people we can walk through the dark and into a new day.
13 thoughts on “The Books: A New Name and A New Day”
Emma Iv just finished ur book I read it in a day and a half that’s a real victory in itself it’s been so long from Iv actually finished a book say maybe 5 years ago when I read the guiness legacy which also very gripping. Your book was like going on a journey. I hate to admit the part of me that used to want to have the will power to be anorexic as I constantly struggle with weight. However I feel I wouldn’t have survived the journey I wouldn’t have been strong enough. You have such an unbelievable strength, your so open and your honesty is so moving I feel sad that I couldn’t go back and help you as I feel you should see how beutiful your spirit and writing and your mind is. Beauty fades but not hounor unfortunately I couldn’t write such a moving book Im not as honest. You have set me on path of searching for the Jesus you found the one you talk about knowing personally not just as an idea or as a task master one we have to strive to please all the time but one where we can discover his love for us. His utter delight I’m tired of failing and feeling like a failure I’m going to search for this intimate love relationship and stop whipping myself. Thank you for bearing your soul.
Stacy, thank-you for writing and for treating my story with such generosity and warmth. I’m praying that you will know the same Lord for yourself – He will never turn away anyone who comes to Him and He is more beautiful than everything this world can offer. What helped me was reading an eye-witness account of Jesus – like the book of Mark (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+1&version=NIV) and praying that Jesus would help me see Him there. I’d love to hear what you think. x
Was away at a leaders weekend and spent the free hour we had in the afternoon with a glass of wine and your book – so glad I’ve finally had a chance to start reading it. Thanks for your honesty – I have found it immensely helpful already.
Thanks so much Claire! x
Really helpful book written with great insight