Heleen’s eBook and 12 Week Online Program to Help Women Overcome Eating Disorders
By Marie Notcheva (Christian Counselor)
“God, Will I Ever Be Free?”
Surrender Your Food Struggle to God
Recently, I was visiting Heleen Woest’s site, perusing the many great articles and helpful links she has for eating addictions. I was delighted to see that she is now offering a FREE e-book and 12-week online study to anyone struggling with an eating disorder.
Heleen, like myself, is a former bulimic restored by Jesus Christ. She offers biblical counsel, advice and encouragement through the ministry of her website, and is a fine writer to boot. Seeing this program and the accompanying e-book the other night really encouraged me and I am excited to share it with you – the reason I embarked on the project of writing my own book, “Redeemed from the Pit”, was largely due to the shortage of material out there that address eating disorders from a truly biblical perspective. Many sincere Christians struggle with bulimia, anorexia and/or habitual overeating, yet they do not see these battles as spiritual ones. The secualr therapy so pervasive in our culture does not point them towards Christ.
Heleen does. She holds a high view of Scripture and of God, and always gives Him the glory for victories achieved in a person’s life. The e-book, “God, Will I Ever Be Free?” is available to download here: http://www.eatingsdisorders.com/ebook.php It is in .pdf format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat to download it.
In 13 chapters, Heleen lays out the conflict that believers face as we war against the flesh, and spends the bulk of the book on the all-important concept of surrender. What does it mean? How do we do it? How will our lives change as we surrender them to God? These were the very questions with which I wrestled mysef when I was in the pit of bulimia, and I suspect I am not the only one. Heleen presents, in a very easy to understand way, what the surrendered Christian life looks like, and how freedom (even from food addictions) is possible.
From the chapter “Surrender Your Difficult Times”:
If we can, in difficult times, STOP on purpose, get to a quiet place and deal with what we’re feeling, God can help use. This is called surrendering your difficult times, including pain, stress and troubles to Him. These days I am turning more to God during hard time, and I am praying that I would start running to Him always and skip the drama altogether.
…But as soon as I opened the Bible I started crying, I didn’t even read anything, I was just so aware of His presence. I was aware of how close He felt to me, and I knew that He cares about my life.
Please hear me on this one: He wants to be involved in every human’s life; that is how He planned it. However, somehow in our messed up lives, we bought into the lie that we are alone, out on a limb, not a branch that is connected to the Vine, with living water flowing through our veins.
He truly is the Living Water who brings new life to our bones every time we drink,
and the Bread of Life who can satisfy our souls every time we feel empty and weak!
The study course, which includes over 300 pages of written material, is available for $77 if you pay once, or 4 $20 payments. This is an extremely low price for such a course, and is tantamount to giving it away at cost (I recently saw a similar, psychology based program being offered for behavior modification – it was well over $300). In fact, I have familiarized myself with the self-publishing industry and can tell you that a professionally designed COVER will cost an author between $600 and $1,200. However, even if you decline the 12-week course, there is much helpful counsel you can glean from the book.
Heleen, like myself, desires daughters of the King to walk free and no longer be slaves to the sin of eating disorders. For that purpose, she writes and ministers, in hope of pointing you towards the Great Physican. I am honored to serve and walk alongside such a faithful servant of Christ, and pray that you will be blessed by her service.
“Thank you so much for this review Marie! Ladies please visit Marie’s blog – Redeemed from the Pit of Bulimia. In His Love, Heleen”