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Liturgy as a Way of Life: Embodying the Arts in Christian Worship [Paperback]

By Bruce Ellis Benson (Author) & James Smith (Editor)
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Now in a revised edition, this compelling first-person account of battling anorexia shows teen girls how to draw hope and encouragement from the Bible to overcome eating disorders.

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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.

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Liturgy as a Way of Life: Embodying the Arts in Christian Worship by Bruce Ellis Benson & James Smith has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Voice of Youth Advocates - 12/01/2006 page 460

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Fleming H. Revell Company
Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.76" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 15, 2013
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Age  13-17
Edition  Reprinted  
Series  Church and Postmodern Culture  
ISBN  0800731352  
ISBN13  9780801031359  

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More About Bruce Ellis Benson & James Smith

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bruce Ellis Benson (PhD, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) is professor of philosophy at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. His areas of expertise include contemporary French thought and philosophy of art. He is the author of Graven Ideologies, The Improvisation of Musical Dialogue, and Pious Nietzsche, and the coeditor of several books, including Evangelicals and Empire.

Bruce Ellis Benson has an academic affiliation as follows - Wheaton College, Illinois.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Empty: A Story of Anorexia?

good book  Jan 7, 2008
If you want a story or an autobiography as I did than no this is not a goog book. But if you know someone or are domeone who is struggling with anorexia nervosa than this is a good educational and self help book. It contains a strong belief in God which is fine by me. I recommend it for someone who may need help with this topic or may need to help someone else.
Terrible  Dec 22, 2007
This book cannot be judged by its cover. I felt like this book had so much potential, but the word terrible keeps coming to mind. I was so disappointed. Everything the author talked about was in relation to God and the bible. Since I have different religious beliefs, I could not relate to anything the author was going through because I could not get past how much religion was the underlying theme to all of her entries. I thought this book was going to be about the author's struggle with her eating disorder, but really it just kept talking about what she felt God wanted her to do and how to deal with an eating disorder while believing in God. I would not recommend anyone purchase this book if their intention is to learn more about eating disorders.
Just a repackaging of previous book  May 14, 2007
This is actually her previous book, "Starving," with a new cover and layout. Misleading info on this site.
Disappointing  Jul 5, 2006
I thought it would be more of an autobiography or memoir, but it was divided into short chapters that would discuss some feature of her struggle with her eating disorder, and then connect them to a bible verse and discuss her relationship with God. If you're looking for a spiritual memoir, then go for this book. Otherwise, don't go near it. It's choppy and in my opinion, not well written.
Excellent  Jul 2, 2006
I have read Christie's previous book and thought it was excellent. Along comes a second book and it is written at a more teen oriented audience which I believe is a crucial component in looking at the beginnings of eating disorder.

Christie admits early on in her book that she is not sure why she is writing the book. She also explains that her spiritual side has developed from living this disease and that she feels the need to pass along her experiences.

This book is well written, not technical and is a compassionate memoir. She pulls no punches and tells it like it is - does not glamorize the whole eating disorder thing and honestly tries to remember and reflect on the thought patterns as she re-reads some of the entries made in her journal during her struggles.

I loved this book because it is down to earth and is aimed at the generation that needs it the most. Eating Disorders ARE NOT cool -

Buy this book.

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