Twenty nine years, 7 months, 14 days and the battle still rages. . .
Jena Morrow has an eating disorder. It can kill her. Jena Morrow has a Savior. He came to give her abundant life.
This is not a polished tale of victory but an honest, true story of fragility. Hollow
recounts Jena’s daily struggle with anorexia and the God who is able and willing to reach down into the dirt. A central theme of Hollow
is the surrender of control to Jesus Christ. His Word is interwoven throughout the story as rebuttals to the lies that besiege those engaged in any addiction.
Jena Morrow chronicles her journey with an eating disorder in her debut book, Hollow: an Unpolished Tale. She studied music education at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, and currently makes her home in Crest Hill, Illinois with her son. For more information, visit jenamorrow.com.
I've been writing as long as I can remember; writing is my way of responding to the world; when I'm sad, I write. When I'm angry, I write. Happy? Yep--I write. You get the idea.
Writing, singing and listening to an eclectic mixed grill of music, playing piano (badly), drumming (even more badly), reading, creating art, playing with my kid, working out all alone so no one has to see how clumsy/uncoordinated I really am.
Favorite musical artists:
Rich Mullins (all-time fave songwriter), Chris Tomlin, Carpenters, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, David Crowder Band, Chris Rice, Straight No Chaser, lots of others.
Man . . . just one? Hmm. Can't choose. For now, I'll go with Rich Mullins' "Elijah"
Overpriced espresso drinks, laughing with friends, talking in silly character voices, tickling my kid, driving with no destination, finding God in odd places, adult footie pajamas, getting cards from friends in the mail
Anything by Donald Miller, Traveling Mercies, Bird by Bird, The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba's Child, The Wounded Healer, Crazy Love
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." (John Lennon)
Favorite Bible verse:
Proverbs 3:5-6 (and about a thousand others)
I travel and speak publicly about eating disorder awareness, prevention, and education. My memoir, Hollow (Moody Publishers), chronicles my own struggle with an eating disorder and my journey toward recovery.
- Mary DeMuth, author of Thin Places: a Memoir, says, "Hollow pulled me into a world I knew little about, held me there with its raw authenticity, and gave me empathy for those who struggle with eating disorders. Anyone battling food issues should read this book. But more than that, anyone who loves someone in an eating disorder's clutches should scour its pages for understanding."
- Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D., author of Hope, Help, and Healing for Eating Disorders, says, "If you or a loved one needs to know there really is a way out of the strong clutches of the self hatred of an eating disorder, you will want to walk with Jena through each page. You will find a new strength and a fresh hope."
- Jane Rubietta, author of Come Along and Grace Points, says, "Well-written, strikingly honest, and full of hope."
- Kristine McGuire of pointofview.net says, ". . .I recommend Hollow by Jena Morrow as a must-read for every teenage girl or woman!"
- JWBergmann.com says, "This is one of the most honest, open, vulnerable, real books that I’ve read in a long time."
- "For anyone who has a food disorder, inside of these pages you will find a friend. You will find someone who understands your feelings, who knows your story." - Bobbie K.
- "This book was so gripping that I found myself unable to tear myself away from it." - ChibiNeko
- "Jena's story is riveting, raw, honest, and inspiring." - Keith B.
- "This is a very well written book about a very serious subject. I learned a lot about anorexia and the devastating condition Jena was in. In spite of all she still comes through with a sense of humor and a love for her family and others - a must to read!!" - Terry F.
- "Jena's tale grabbed me from page one and held my attention all the way through. For those who have not experienced anorexia personally, I think it is helpful in that it explains the thought process and the struggle faced by anorexics. I appreciate Jena's honesty in being so open and to help those who are hurting know that it is a daily process of beating food disorders, but that it can be done." - Keltic S.
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