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When Food Is Your Best Friend (and Worst Enemy)

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When Food Is Your Best Friend (and Worst Enemy)
An Intimate Look at Eating from 12-Step & Christian Perspectives

“My compulsive overeating sabotaged my lifelong struggle to know God, and recovery has helped me feel love by God and eager to follow him.”

For many Christian, food is the drug of choice. When Food Is Your Best Friend (& Worst Enemy) is an intimate look at why we eat too much from a Christian 12-step perspective. This revealing examination of eating problems offers practical help for Christian and includes personal inventories and exercises.

Illustrated with histories (including Jan’s own inner journey as a compulsive eater working toward recovery), this work takes the reader through a three-part journey that defines the situation (What is My Problem?), points to recovery (How Do I Get Better), and details how to maintain recovery without falling back into old habits (How Do I Stay Better?).

The companion devotional, Surrendering Hunger, works well with When Food Is Your Best Friend.

Questions

    Question: If we wanted to use When Food Is your Best Friend for a regular study, how would we do that?

    Answer: You could have participants read one chapter before each session and then answer such questions as these:

    • What was the most helpful thing you read?
    • What was most difficult for you to read?
    • What topic or issue in the chapter would it help you to hear from others in the group about -- how they implemented it or how they dealt with that issue?

    Rather than being boring, it would help. As participants read the chapter, they’ll start looking for their answers ahead of time and read more attentively.

    Question: How would I use this book in a weekly study?

    Answer: Have group members read a chapter a week and then ask questions such as:

    • What was the most helpful thing you read?
    • What was most difficult for you to read?
    • What topic or issue in the chapter would it help you to hear from others in the group about -- how they implemented it or how they dealt with that issue?

    For guidelines on how to conduct such a study group or a support group, see Appendix A of Healing Hurts that Sabotage the Soul (p. 132).

When Food Is Your Best Friend
(and Worst Enemy)

Table of Contents

 

 

Introduction: One Beggar Telling Another...

I.

What Is My Problem?

 

1.

Hungry for Something More

 

2.

When Eating Takes Over

 

3.

What About My Faith?

II.

How Do I Get Better?

 

4.

What It Takes to Change

 

5.

Abstinence: A Tool, Not a Goal

 

6.

Abstinent? Who Me?

 

7.

What's Underneath It All?

 

8.

Making the Most of My Inventory

 

9.

Making Friends with Feelings

 

10.

Telling Myself the Truth

 

11.

What's Behind the Myths?

 

12.

"Solo" Tools of Recovery

 

13.

Partnered Tools of Recovery

III.

How Do I Stay Better?

 

14.

When I'm At Risk

 

15.

Compulsion Hopping

 

16.

Do My Kids Have to be Compulsive Eaters, Too?

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