I am almost done reading this book, and I have to say it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. The authors – a husband & wife journalist team – have traveled the world documenting the plight of oppressed women & girls offering inspiring stories of empowerment from remote villages and cities far away. Reading this book has redefined the way I view feminism – that it is not simply examining the role of women in music videos and looking for equality in the workplace in the West. Empowering women goes much farther and deeper than that. (Read the book to find out what I mean!)
I often find myself feeling guilty for food that has gone to waste because of my eating disorder, and the fact that I have spent so much time purposely limiting what I eat while others in the world need nutritious food so desperately. Instead of deepening my guilt and shame about these habits, reading this book has actually inspired me to continue in recovery. (Props to the Holy Spirit on that one, because it probably could have gone either way.) I want to move along in my recovery so that I can have more energy to devote to empowering other women – whether that be in my own neighborhood or across the world. It helps to read things that pull me out of my self-centered worldview. ED tends to create tunnel vision that doesn’t see the suffering of others.
This realization came at a great time for me since the holidays are always a difficult time for those of us recovering from eating disorders because everything is so food-centered. My prayer for myself will be that I can keep other women in my heart and mind & remember that baby Jesus came to liberate both them and me from the darkness that holds us in chains of eating disorders, poverty, abuse, patriarchy etc.