Jul 8, 2022
Autumn Lytle is a debut author who has written a truly fantastic novel that is interwoven with her personal story of battling an eating disorder. It is called All That Fills Us, and it is the incredible journey of a woman with anorexia and how the Lord used a cross-country journey to save her life.
Autumn shares her story with me about when things began to shift in her mind and exercise, obsessing over food, and constant comparison to others by her body size to a full-blown eating disorder. Her story is full of incredible snippets of insight and healing from how her Mother helped her journal through her painful thoughts, how running changed her life, and the gift that has come from creating this beautiful novel. We work through cross-cultural ideas about body image, comparison, how we talk about ourselves, and just so much more.
I love that Autumn wrote a story that not only would have spoken to her younger, hurting self, but provides incredible insight into the mind and healing journey of someone battling disordered eating. There are so many pictures of how to (and not to) minister to someone in this struggle, and on her website, you can actually find resources for diving further into this book and/or connecting those struggling with an eating disorder with some help. Truthfully, there were so many things in this book that just touched me in a visceral way. As a woman who struggles to believe what God says about my body, and is better at shaming myself than I’d care to admit, I could hear the Lord speaking tenderly to me as I watched this protagonist wrestle.
Wherever you are friend, know that you matter, and your story matters. The Lord will finish what He has started in you.
Connecting with Autumn:
Book : All That Fills Us
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2 Corinthians 12:7-10- Thorn in my flesh
Psalm 34:18- The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
Luke 15- Leaves the 99 and the Lord goes after it
John 14:26- The Holy Spirit is the the Helper
Eccelsiastes 3:1-11- There is a time to tear down and a time to build
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