You feel like you are in control, but it's the very opposite. The eating disorder is controlling you. You feel you can take it back at any point, you feel you can get better at any point, you feel you can change—but in fact, you're in the grip of something that is a lot more insidious than you realize.
– Emma Schrivener
About the Episode
In this episode, Christine Chappell interviews author Emma Scrivener about the spiritual and physical struggles associated with eating disorders. Emma shares pieces of her personal battle against anorexia, detailing how the gospel of Jesus Christ enabled her to turn a new page in her recovery and the way she viewed her relationship with food. The episode also discusses some of the heart issues associated with disordered eating, practical spiritual and physical steps for seeking help, and words of encouragement for the sufferer who feels hopeless or helpless to find progressive life change.
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About the Podcast
The Hope + Help Project offers compassionate biblical conversations about life's challenging problems. The purpose of the podcast is to share Christ-centered comfort and clarity for those seeking biblical solutions for the struggles they face. The podcast accomplishes this by offering a mix of interviews with seasoned biblical counseling professionals and ministry leaders on a variety of topics. Hosted by author/writer Christine M. Chappell.
About the Guest
Emma Scrivener was born in Belfast, but now lives with her husband and daughter in the south east of England. She is the author of several books, including A New Name: Grace and Healing for Anorexia,  and A New Day: Moving On from Hunger, Anxiety, Control, Shame, and Despair. She blogs about identity, faith and mental health at

Emma also is a guest contributor at Desiring God. Her articles have been listed below, but you can keep track of new contributions by clicking here to view her author profile.
Other Helpful Resources From Emma Scrivener
What Does the Bible Really Say About Eating Disorders? Booklet
As mentioned in this podcast episode, Emma's short booklet is aimed at both sufferers and carers, offering insights and reflections about how eating disorders work—and how Jesus offers hope.
Only His Wounds Can Heal Us: Breaking Free from Self-Harm
For those who are trapped in the cycle of self-harm, there is grace, truth, and most of all, hope. In the context of loving community and prayerful worship, there is balm instead of blame.
My Real Recovery from Anorexia
Whatever the shape of your struggle, there is hope. There is a future. There is a God who is wooing “you out of distress into a broad place” (Job 36:16). I should know. Your story is my story.
Why Do Christians Harm Themselves?
Self-harm is a human antidote to shame. As one friend told me, “Every time I cut, I was trying to save myself.” In other words, it’s a deeply spiritual problem.
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Christine M. Chappell
Christine Chappell is the author of Clean Home, Messy Heart, and Help! My Teen is Depressed (Shepherd Press, forthcoming, March 2020). Her writing has been featured at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Risen Motherhood, Thrive Moms, Servants of Grace, and Devotable. Christine lives in South Carolina with her husband and three children, has completed biblical counseling certificates with the, has completed biblical counseling certificates with the Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship, and is currently pursuing certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.
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