FaithWriters member, Laurie Glass, has a heart for people who are hurting and especially for those who have eating disorders. Join me as I get to know more about Laurie and her book, Journey to Freedom from Eating Disorders, which has just been published.
LYNDA: Start by telling us a little about yourself.
LAURA: I’m a never been married, middle aged, single woman who lives alone in a small town. Is anyone ready to nod off yet? haha… I may not live an exciting life, but I’m generally pretty content and that’s worth something, too.
LYNDA: And that really is the most important, Laurie. When did you first discover your love for writing?
LAURA: Even though I’ve written poems off and on since I was a kid, I didn’t really get into writing until 2003. And it was completely a God thing. I had looked around in Christian bookstores for a nice plaque to put in my living room, but I couldn’t find one that was appropriate for a single person living alone. They said things like “God bless our home,” so they didn’t fit my situation. I got my bloomers in a twist over that and decided to write a poem to frame and hang on my living room wall. After that, I started writing poems like crazy – 30 in five weeks. I didn’t plan it or even see it coming. It was like God filled my heart with His message, and it came out through my pen.
I knew God was up to something, but I didn’t know what. I prayed for direction, and I also took my three ring binder of writings to a Bible study and asked them to pray over it. Eventually one thing led to another. I found FaithWriters, entered the Weekly Writing Challenge for a time, wrote my book, and started writing non-fiction articles. I’m grateful that God speaks through me in my writing. I think the greatest privilege in life is to be part of the work of a Holy God.
LYNDA: So true! Laurie, you’ve written a book about finding freedom from eating disorders. What made you decide to write this book?
LAURA: I recovered from anorexia in August of 2003. Since that time, I’ve been an active supporter of those with eating disorders on the Eating Disorders Resources and Support Network message board. I wanted to spread the word further that recovery really is possible. Even so, I lacked the confidence and skills to write the book. It was only through the patience, help, and encouragement of my dear FaithWriters friend, Beth, that I completed it.
LYNDA: Tell us a little about the book.
LAURA: Journey to Freedom from Eating Disorders is for those with anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS (eating disorders not otherwise specified) and binge eating disorder. It is appropriate reading for both males and females, teens and adults. Each chapter has a discussion about a common eating disorder factor as well as journaling questions, a personal note to the reader and a written prayer. I wrote it in a conversational tone so the reader would know that someone out there could relate to what he/she is going through.
LYNDA: What type of feedback have you received so far?
LAURA: I just published it, so I haven’t had a lot of feedback yet. But what I have had has been positive. They like the personal touch in the various sections of each chapter.
LYNDA: You also have a website for those dealing with eating disorder recovery. What do you hope visitors will take away from a visit to your site?
LAURA: For those who don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I hope they are one step closer to receiving Him as their Savior – or better yet, that they become believers! For those who are believers, I hope they will draw closer to the Lord and invite Him to lead their recovery. I also hope they will see their identity in Christ and have a renewed sense of hope that recovery really is possible.
LYNDA: Take a moment to brag on your family. Are they supportive of your writing?
LAURA: My parents support my writing. My mom is the first person I call when I have something published. I made sure my parents were the first people to see the first copy of my book. My oldest sister and her family are also supportive. I have shared a number of my poems with my sister, and she has organized them into a notebook and even framed one of them.
LYNDA: That’s so awesome. What’s next for you? Any plans for another book?
LAURA: If promotion and sales go well with this one, yes, I have plans for more books for those with eating disorders. I’d like to publish one or two books of poems, essays and prayers and perhaps a book with a devotion for each day of the year. Spreading the message of hope and healing through the Lord to those with eating disorders is my heart work.
LYNDA: Oooh…a devotional for those recovering from eating disorders (or maybe any addiction) sounds like a wonderful idea. I’m sure there would be a huge market for that.
Thanks for taking the time to let us get to know you. Wishing you the best success with your book.
Learn more about Laurie’s ministry here: www.freedomfromed.com