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on Sep. 15, 2012 :
I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it. I read it straight through in one sitting. Brenda Wood has been someone in my life who has given me advice, supported me, taught me, and encouraged me; and with this book she continues to do just that. She has done a remarkable job of letting outsiders have a glimpse of what it’s like to live trapped inside the dark world of addictions, abuse and eating disorders. Even though my addiction wasn't bulimia, and my story isn't hers; the negative thinking, lack of self esteem, self destructive behaviour, the need to hide it, guilt, shame, embarrassment, fear of others finding out; all are part of my own story. I wasn't even finished reading chapter one when I said to myself "Wow, she gets it. She really and truly gets it! Someone actually understands. It's not just me. I'm not alone".
Brenda shares her struggles and lets us into her life in a way that not many people could do; or would be willing to. I am awed by her capacity and courage not only to tell her story, but for surviving it with her strength and faith in hand. I found myself giggling at times with her wonderful sense of humour. Then, on the flip side, at other times with tears in my eyes; feeling like I wanted to hug her to let her know that she is safe and loved.
Mostly, though I am awed by how God worked in her life; and how she let Him turn it around to be an incredible example of His awesome grace and mercy. Albeit, at times she went along kicking and screaming; something I am very well acquainted with. But by the time I finished reading the last page I was reminded that God does use all things for our own good; and that those blessings will come in His time. God loves us in spite of all the disobedience and mistakes we make, and He will never leave us abandoned or unsupported. Thanks Brenda!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 13, 2012 :
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
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
Larry B. Gray
on June 13, 2012 :
I enjoyed reading “Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind” by Brenda J. Wood. It is her story of overcoming struggles with abuse and bulimia. She tells the story through “snippets” from her journals and relates how God enabled her to triumph over them.
The story is well written and easy to read and follow. Many of us can find points of commonality with her life story and struggles with our own various vices. Like Brenda the victory is found in the total surrender to God.
I highly recommend this book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)