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A New Name: Grace and Healing for Anorexia

4.55  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Rescued from an eating disorder, anorexia, that nearly killed her, Emma Scrivenr 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. Wander with Emma as God's grace breaks through and reshapes her heart and thinking, redeeming that ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by InterVarsity Press
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Natalie Vellacott
I'm struggling to know what to say in this review. I read this book in one sitting. In places I felt there was too much detail but the honesty of the author was also one of the things that makes the book worth reading. It is difficult to understand where the shame that the author experienced in childhood originated from but the terrible result was anorexia which nearly claimed the life of the author several times. The confusion and chaos that result in a mind overtaken by this illness and the ...more
Berni
Feb 13, 2013 Berni rated it liked it
This is must read for any parent, not because your children will become anorexic but to show the pit falls of life as a teenager. Emma has written a true and honest account of how she feels about herself; the determination to reach her goal even though it nearly killed her.
Shame is the hidden sin that takes away the hope of recovery, of being accepted as you are: imperfect, odd, abnormal, too fat, too tall, stupid, slow, I could go on about how we all feel inadequate about ourselves. Emma tells
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Ginni Brinkley
May 16, 2013 Ginni Brinkley rated it really liked it
I don't suffer from anorexia, so this may seem like a weird read, but Emma is my brother in law's colleague's wife, so he cunningly let me read some of the book when he came to stay recently. Just enough to make me want to read more, of course! He knows I'm a fast reader, so it only came out on the last evening so I couldn't get it all done.

This is pretty harrowing stuff, and left me feeling desperately sad for the long term consequences Emma has from her long battle, but also glad that she's on
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Rodie King
What a start, already got to P 40, Missing person it was so sad that Emma hadn't met Jesus. I am not sure if the start date was changed am well on my way to finishing this wonderful book even though the tears have welled up quite a number of times, I have opened the book back at P 78 " I'd brought a plague upon our house --It was just us battling against the world. Just us, battling against one another." It was assumed that if I put weight on, everything would be fine! At this point I found ...more
Peter Mead
Jul 26, 2014 Peter Mead rated it it was amazing
A New Name is the brilliantly written and harrowing story of Emma Scrivener’s battle with anorexia. Anorexia promises life, but has death as a side effect. It is about control, but it constantly spirals dangerously out of control. And why am I reviewing the book here? Because we don’t preach to lives lived in the so-called bubble of Bible school. We preach to lives lived in the self-contradictory world that Emma describes here.

Emma offers more than just a window into the turmoil and thinking of
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Gavin McGrath
Nov 26, 2013 Gavin McGrath rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding autobiographical book. The writing style is eloquently honest: she writes about her war with anorexia candidly but without cliche or self-absorption. There is an honesty here with which she looks at what is arguably the heart or root issue of anorexia -- the promise of powerful control that ends up proving deceitful.

Scrivener is a Christian and knowing this may dissuade some readers -- and this would be a shame. Why?

First, because her take on some of the core dynamics of
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Abigail
Jun 20, 2014 Abigail rated it it was amazing
The best autobiography I've read on anorexia to date. Emma articulates her thoughts with such clarity and raw honesty. She does not try to "sugar coat" her experience, but just tells it as it is. Deep calls to deep.. this book is a testimony of the restoration God can do in our deepest hurts, shame, pain, guilt, sorrows.. you name it.

She goes beyond giving an account of her experience with AN - For example, Emma's conceptualisation of anorexia as a spiritual problem is an exemplary model; and he
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Eudora
Oct 12, 2015 Eudora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished reading this in a single sitting over about 3 hours. Was initially hesitant to read this for fear that I was either (a) eating disordered or (b) wanting to be so. I think I only found the courage to read this after a (mentally strong/healthy) friend shared that she has a copy & enjoyed it.

Enter Kindle.

So glad to have read this in the end - Emma doesn't sugarcoat her experience, yet at the same time she does not indulge in a self-deprecating manner either. This is honest & raw, &
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Rebekka Hindbo
Aug 06, 2015 Rebekka Hindbo rated it it was amazing
This was so good! It really explains in great detail what anorexia is and does to a person. Some of it was really hard to read because the pain Emma felt is so obvious in her writting. However, I think this is a really important book because it comes with the perspective from the person dealing with anorexia. I would really recommend this whether or not you have had anorexia or know someone who has or have had it.
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Jul 14, 2015 Charlie rated it liked it
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Interesting read. You get a sense of how anorexia makes someone feel and the struggles they go through. It is honest and helpful.
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Honest, raw, unflinching. Unlike most I've read of this kind.
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A harrowing story of grace.
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