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A New Name

A New Name [Kindle Edition]

Emma Scrivener
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The face of anorexia is not a glossy model in a perfume ad. It's a starving animal, circling the empty cupboards, blank-eyed and vacant. It's a face frozen in a rictus grin, mouthing lies. 'I'm fine,' it says. 'Everything is under control.' 'I hav

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 206 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: IVP (17 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, honest and extremely helpful 26 July 2012
By CarlyB
I got this book yesterday and couldn't put it down- I read the whole thing in a day. It is well-written, incredibly honest and real, even funny at times even despite the serious subject matter, and I felt really drawn in to Emma's story. I have a friend who is battling with anorexia and the book really helped in giving me more understanding of what it must be like for her. Because of this I also found parts really difficult to read but that's not a criticism- obviously it's a difficult subject, and it's not one I have ever heard tackled from a Christian perspective before so I think this book will help a lot of people and I would definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to gain more understanding about anorexia.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Given the deeply traumatic nature of this book's subject, this word seems entirely incongruous. But I can't it out of my head as I try to sum up Emma Scrivener's new book. And that's the word beautiful. This is not because of a superficial or white-washed treatment. Far from it. In fact at times Emma is searingly, wincingly honest. And as she writes, we weep.

Nor is it simply because the quality of writing is so good. It certainly is that - in fact from the first page, this memoir is written with a beautiful poetic flair, occasional wit (e.g. describing her first attempts at putting on makeup as making her like `a Fraggle drawn with crayons' p45) and very striking turns of phrase that linger in the mind. How many Christian books can one say that of? Far too few. In fact, at times, I'd go so far as to say that the writing reminded me of Frederic Buechner's own memoir Telling Secrets (from which she even quotes).

But my primary reason is the sheer beauty of this deeply personal story of redemption; redemption as a process, that is; painful, achingly slow, confusing, a struggle - but redemptive none the less. There is some light in this darkness - sometimes muffled, sometimes blazing.

There are various aspects of this book which mark it out from the crowd, not least of which are the deeply theological lens for this testimony of pain. I must confess that I was nervous before reading this book. I've not met Emma, but have mutual friends (and she spent some years at our church before my time). I've read a fair few `testimony' books in which people with this or that or another `issue' describe how Jesus is the answer. (NB glib, gross caricature alert.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Emma Scrivener's autobiography of a life lived in the locked room of anorexia is a raw, searingly honest account, which I couldn't put down until I'd finished it.

Emma has an engaging writing style, pacey, she won't let you catch breath. In terms of her writing style, she reminds me of D.H. Lawrence, particularly The Rainbow. She loves clipped, terse sentences. She can catch an idea vividly in a few words. Writing about shame: 'It's a lowered gaze, a shuffle, an internal folding.'

In terms of form, this is very much at home with St. Augustine's Confessions - the tortuous story of a soul running away from its Creator, until finally turning around to embrace the Everlasting Arms. (Minus the long appendix about Genesis, of course.)

She also writes with great self-assurance (or at least appears to!). I loved her simple account of a phase of compulsive hand-washing, which she concludes with: 'Dad made a joke about Lady Macbeth, but no-one laughed.'

One might expect an autobiographical account of anorexia to be languid, navel-gazing, ponderous. On the contrary, there is hardly a whiff of self-pity here; instead, she speaks with a voice that is clear and gracious.

A short book with a great deal to recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is such a great book. Honest & moving, Emma has exposed some of her idols behind her anorexia, which resonate with me (& many others if we'll admit it). The need to succeed, be accepted, fit in, be loved. How much we can care about others' views of us, & how enslaved we are by our idols & desires. And how helpless we are to fix ourselves. As it says in Romans 7, "What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord!"

Anyway my review is rubbish compared to the book. Read the book, it shows the hope that is in Jesus alone, for anyone!!

We are all as ingrained by sin as Emma, we may be very good at hiding it from ourselves, but we are all hopeless without God's grace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy 7 Oct 2012
I would recommend this book for those wishing to read an inspiring true story. It's to the point and so very easy to read and understand what the author is saying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book could save lives 26 Sep 2012
By JHH82
I read this book in one night. Some of it was quite harrowing, but I guess that's the consequence of being so honest. What I loved about it, though, was that it gave me hope. It's no Disney film 'Happy Ever After' ending but you do get the feeling that in some way she's come out the other side with more hope than she went in with; that not only can it be OK, but it can somehow be better. The Emma that got ill seems to be owned by anorexia, like a slave to it. You really believe that, though scarred, the Emma at the end of the book is free. I'd recommend this hugely to those suffering with eating disorders. Some books on the subject take you into the pit of despair and you feel like you've been left there. This one takes you there and then leads you out. I'm sorry that the author went through what she did. But I'm grateful for her being a sufferer with such a gift for writing. This book could save lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly honest and beautiful
This book is a (sometimes quite graphic) look at anorexia and its aftermath. Scrivener is honest, eloquent and relevant in the way that she expresses her own experiences and maps... Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. R. LOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
This is a very well written book from the pen of a sufferer. It is harrowing in places but extremely honest, allowing the reader into a personal aspect of her life. Read more
Published 10 months ago by mrs sandra ambrose
5.0 out of 5 stars honest personal story
bought this after reading a review in 'Families First' magazine. helped me make some sense of a relative's situation and of another person I know with an eating disorder. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs R McGarry
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive and thought provoking
I found this book made me think about the issues of eating disorders and self worth. It resonated with experiences I have had with a family member and helped me to understand some... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sheila L
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on eating disorders
If you're looking for a book which will help you to understand eating disorders - and give you hope - this is it.
Published 14 months ago by Pollyanna
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Name
such a brutally honest,simply but eloquently written, heart-wrenching insight into the heart and mind and journey of a young woman suffering from anorexia. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mary Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and thought-provoking
I very much enjoyed not only the raw honesty of this memoir, but the author's accomplished writing style. Read more
Published 19 months ago by C R Jolly
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