Lee Wolfe Blum, in her engaging, conversational style, has written a book which exposes anorexia for what it really is: A counterfeit comfort to the wounded. In sharing her personal recovery story, Lee has managed to present eating disorders in a balanced way which neither villifies them completely (after all, however misguided and maladaptive, her anorexia served a purpose for a season) nor glorifies them, as so many ED tales tend to do. Instead, Lee simply tells her story -- as it happened, as it affected her and impacted her loved ones, and most beautifully of all, how it paved the way for her ultimate rescue by the true hero of Lee's story: Jesus.
I read this book several times through, each time with a different pair of eyes: I read it as a fellow writer, admiring the authentic, relatable tone in which Lee has crafted her story; I read it as a fellow battle-scarred veteran of the war against anorexia and its deceptive, hissing voice; I read it as a treatment professional, eyeing it critically to assess whether I'd feel confident recommending the book to those who struggle. And finally, I read parts of it all over again, as someone blessed enough to know this beautiful woman of God in real life. And that's when the tears came -- because if you could meet this lady and look into her eyes as I have, you'd know it, too: Every word of this book is the truth. The freedom she writes about -- it's the real deal. There is no false or exaggerated happy ending here. The love of God she tried so hard to capture in the pages of her memoir (and who can find words powerful enough?) -- she KNOWS that love. She attributes her very life to that love. And she lives it everyday, letting that love pour through her to everyone she encounters.
It is my hope and prayer that you, the reader, will experience that same love through the pages of this powerful book. Lee has been to Hell and back, as has every one of us who has battled an eating disorder -- there is no doubt about that. But what makes this book so powerful is not the depths to which the disease took her. This book is powerful because it tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth: "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John10:10)
Anorexia came into Lee's life, and the enemy of her soul attempted to use it to steal her hope, kill her body, and destroy her destiny. But God... (I love those two words, don't you?) God had other plans -- plans to give Lee not only her life back, but to put HIS life into her; plans to lavish "life to the full" on her, and to send her out into the world to tell others that such redemption is possible -- and available.
This book was almost never written. This story was almost taken to an early grave after a young woman's tragic suicide. Satan's goal was to cut this story short, but where he thought he had written a period, God erased it and wrote a comma in its place -- and He is still writing Lee's story today. Perhaps He has written you into it. Perhaps you will pick up "Table in the Darkness" and encounter God Himself in its pages, just as I did.
And in so doing, you will be joining in the celebration of a life redeemed.
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