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REVIEW of Meeting Myself by Author Iris Ford
MEETING MYSELF: SNIPPETS FROM A BINGING AND BULGING MIND
It’s not often you pick up a book and can’t put it down. The inner agony here is palpable. You will feel it as you read. The pace rushes on and you say to yourself, “Oh, what will she do?” The author has got you in her grasp, or maybe it is better to say – her bulimic despair has you up-tight, especially if you also suffer from the up-chucking that is actually clenching Brenda in its grip. Can you get rid of your despair that way, or any way? If this is you, hiding in there, then this book will grab you!
Brenda suffers agony and keeps it all to her ‘self’, upchucking down the pipes of the “white toilet”, trying to get rid of an unpleasant agony from childhood. “White” means pure, right? You read on and get the message: this is a struggle to be pure. Only God achieves that and He does as the book hurries you on. One senses the tug of war with God and one’s body. What to eat, or better put: how much NOT to eat, or even better, HIDE the food where no one else will find it until later, later, later in unimaginable places. The struggle goes on, and you read on and on, sharing her despair and secret.
Finally, the reader also shares Brenda’s approach to God where she thankfully finds healing and peace. But it is not over yet. God moves slowly as Brenda takes you along her every struggle until God fills her soul and body with forgiveness and peace. Yes, this is quite a book and if you know anyone suffering from this affliction do share Brenda’s story. Here is hope, forgiveness and a loving, forgiving, healing Saviour. Jesus also knows what a painfully suffering body is all about as His body took the brunt of all our sin, including Brenda’s.
Brenda is openly honest as she “Meets with herself, sharing these Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind”, showing the reader what it feels like to suffer from a bulimic disposition. Yet Brenda also brings children into the world and shares a loving relationship with her husband. How did she do it, you ask? Well, read on and find out. You will enjoy this book even if you aren’t bulimic. We all suffer from some kind of pain, whether in the body or mind – usually in both.
Reviewed by Iris M. Ford
“Before she got all gussied up, she looked as plain as a turnip.” crowed the old woman. She didn’t have much of an opinion of our locally grown celebrity.
Her comments reminded me of Mark Twain’s famous line, “Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”
Who are we really? What do people hide behind their calm smiles, blooming bank accounts or poor me demeanors? Should we beware?
Joshua 7:3– But when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, Theyworked cunningly, and went pretending to be ambassadors and took [provisions and] old sacks on their donkeys and wineskins, old, torn, and mended, Andold and patched shoes on their feet and wearing old garments; and all their supply of food was dry and moldy. And they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the men of Israel, We have come from a far country; so now, make a covenant with us (AMP).
Unfortunately, the Israelites depended on their own wisdom.
Joshua 9: 14– So the [Israelite] men partook of their food and did not consult the Lord (AMP). Then Joshua made peace with them, and made a deal to let them live (Joshua 9:15)… on a stranger’s word and a moldy lunch? What?
And three days later they found those visitors to be liars, but because they’d made a deal they were stuck with it (9:16-20).
It didn’t turn out so well for the liars either. They spent the rest of their days as slaves (9:21-27).
Are you in the midst of some kind of deal now? Whether it is for a babysitter or a building contract, beware. First, consult the One who knows all!
Prayer: Lord let it not be said that we your people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Amen. (From Hosea 4:6.)
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“I believe Jesus is the answer to every question.”Brenda Wood is a motivational speaker, writer and author of Heartfelt, 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living. She is also a recovered bulimic who has gained and lost several 1000 pounds over the years! She understands the pain of overweight and the agony of life with an eating disorder. Brenda is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humor and quirky comments.
Now I can!! I laughed out loud when the Auberge MacDonald Guest Inn ( Iroquois Falls, ON), devotional showed up on everydaychristian.com. You see I write those devotionals months ahead and this one showed up the day before I was leaving for the same spot one more time!!
Yes, Grandson Dan, Grandaughter Lorisa and I headed for the lovely little town of Iroquios Falls the very next day. Coincidence you might say, but definitely encouraging to me as we made the long trek. Did I mention that Iroquios Falls is made ever more beautiful by the presence of the three other Grands and their parents?
Had a great visit and we ate the best ever chocolate caramel cake. If you ask, I will share the recipe. If not? It is ours forever to salivate over.
Before you get anxious about me, I am only speaking about some of my clothes. God blessed me with lots of new ones so now I have to toss the ‘what is not so good’ away. After all the closet is only so big, right?
But I love those tattered old bits. They’ve accompanied me through thick and thin, hardship and joy.
They are like old habits. Some of them have to go. What old habits are hanging around your body? I won’t even begin to discuss that. Take it up with God.
Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite
“Meeting Myself” is a well-written 98 page book that will appeal to anyone fighting off inner demons by eating and to all those who may have done so since an early age. Author Brenda Wood has issues with food since an early age. She even recalls herself starting to eat her younger brother Larry’s chocolate Easter Bunny as well as her own as a four year old. Brenda Wood admits to having great inner anger at having been abused as a child. She doesn’t say what the abuse was or when, but the reader will surmise it wasn’t nice. Brenda Wood went from satisfying her fear of things and need for comfort by eating on to eating and then throwing up in the toilet which is bulimia. Even a happy, satisfying marriage did not cure Brenda’s demons until she took her Christian faith seriously and learned that God is with us in good times and bad times and proved it in her daily life.
“Meeting Myself” is a book that should be in everyone’s hands everywhere. Brenda Wood honestly tells the reader about her not always smooth path to controlling her eating binges, her bulimia. Brenda Wood is forthright in telling the reader how she would decide to walk with God and then lose her resolve and go on an eating binge. What she shares with the Christian reader is priceless in its honesty. On page 93 she writes: “Expose both abuse and eating disorder to the light. ..Keep telling until someone believes you.” She admits that she had great anger against her abuser, anger against the people who should have protected her from that abuse, and anger against herself. “Meeting Myself” is a book that will guide, inspire and keep the reader going when the dark clouds of life are overwhelming.