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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.
Harrowing, heart–breaking, human and humorous, this book will grip you from start to finish. Feel Emma’s pain as she travels from despair to hope, and wonder with her as God’s grace breaks through and reshapes her heart and thinking, redeeming that which had seemed lost.
Here are 9 bloggers reviewing "A New Name" Mark Meynell: http://markmeynell.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/anorexia-is-bigger-than-biology-emma-scrivener-gets-a-new-name/ Steve Jeffery - http://northlondonchurch.org/ministers-blog/post/a-new-name Anita Mathias â€“ http://dreamingbeneaththespires.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/new-name-emma-scrivener-on-finding.html Ruth Field â€“ http://www.ruthvdb.com/2012/07/emma-scriveners-new-name.html Kath Cunningham â€“ http://www.thelongwalkhome.co.uk/?p=2452 Admiral Creedy â€“ http://admiralcreedy.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/book-review-new-name.html Emily Paterson â€“ http://underneaththetree.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/a-new-name/ Matthew Currey - http://matts2012journey.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/journey-6-day-39-a-new-name/ The Vicarâ€™s Wife â€“ http://thevicarswife.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/a-new-name-a-must-read/
This is such a great book. Honest & moving, Emma has exposed some of her idols behind her anorexia, which resonate with me (& many others if we'll admit it). The need to succeed, be accepted, fit in, be loved. How much we can care about others' views of us, & how enslaved we are by our idols & desires. And how helpless we are to fix ourselves. As it says in Romans 7, "What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to Godâ€”through Jesus Christ our Lord!" Anyway my review is rubbish compared to the book. Read the book, it shows the hope that is in Jesus alone, for anyone!! (Ruth writes)
This is an awesome book and a must read for everyone! Don't be put off just because you haven't struggled with anorexia - Emma's presents Jesus in all of His relevance to our problems; in all of His solidarity with us; in all of His glorious love. This refreshing book is both heart-rending and heart-lifting.
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