Gina grew up in a loving Christian home. She had good friends, excelled academically, and was active in sports… and music in high school. She didn’t think much about her weight or appearance, and was always eager to try new adventures.
Therapy helped Gina understand why she acted as she did. Her exercise and eating patterns spiraled out of control because she was deeply unhappy and uncertain about her life.
Gina’s eating disorder began at the end of her first year of Bible college. The transition to campus life was harder than she expected. Her studies were challenging, but she was determined to make the grades she had in high school. While she had once looked forward to being away from home, now she didn’t quite know how she fit into the college environment. At times she wondered how she would make it through the year.
The Close to Home series is designed to help Christian caregivers invite others to journey toward wholeness.
Ways to use the booklets:
* Offer them and discuss them in your pastoral care visits.
* Display them in the church foyer, counseling office, or even a restroom.
* Give them to loved ones of those who suffer, so that they can be informed.
* Distribute them as conversation-starters for adult education or support groups.