Feeling for Bones  -     By: Bethany Pierce
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Feeling for Bones

Moody Publishers / 2007 / Paperback

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At sixteen, Olivia Monahan is uprooted from her home when a scandal in the local church costs her father his ministry. The family retreats to the seclusion of a small Pennsylvanian town, where a host of rich characters all play part in Olivia's struggle to understand her disillusionment with Christianity and gather courage to fight the eating disorder threatening her health. As a young painter learning to re-interpret the visual world, she begins to examine God and her own body with lively imagination and newly trained eyes, taking readers on a journey into a world which cannot be seen.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 250
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 080246288X
ISBN-13: 9780802462886
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Pressurized family dynamics and a dysfunctional church experience force 16-year-old Olivia to seek her own reality. For her self-image as a thinker, painter, and older sister, Olivia determines who she thinks she ought to be.

Her baggy clothes and exhaustive calorie scrutiny can't cover up the fact that she is allowing her body to wither away. As Olivia encounters small town prying and a tighter-than-comfortable rental house, her escape becomes her art. And her goal becomes the impossible perfection of airbrushed magazine models.

Feeling For Bones is Olivia's story as her struggles become more than physical and she is finally led to the answers she was running from all along.

This story opens up a window to the thought processes and struggles of teen and college-aged women who struggle with eating disorders. Young women will find a friend who thinks like they do. And mothers will find a compatriot in the battle to help their daughters deal with body image.

Author Bio

BETHANY PIERCE attended Miami University's College of Art to study painting, staying a fifth year to complete a master's degree in Creative Writing. Her first book, Feeling for Bones, was named one of the top Christian books in 2007. Presently she lives in Dayton, Ohio where she supports her writing and painting by teaching English.

Publisher's Weekly

Rainy-afternoon readers could do far worse than to curl up with Pierce's treat of a first novel. Pierce, who teaches English at Miami University in Ohio, introduces readers to Olivia, the 16-year-old budding artist who narrates this lush story. Olivia not only takes readers deep into her struggles with anorexia but introduces a rich cast of characters, like her funny, needy little sister, whose birth name is Claire, but who everyone calls Callapher, short for "Calla Flower." With the help of beautiful Mollie, a free-spirited, devout Christian girl who quickly befriends the family, and Margaret, an old, kind, busy-body great-aunt who is always ready with a helping hand, Olivia and Callapher do their best to settle into their new home, nicknamed "The Shoe Box" because of its tiny size. They've just moved to a small town where Mom and Dad try to make a new life after a scandal forces Dad out of his position as pastor of their old church in Ohio. This story is about family, faith, love, starting over and a whole host of life's curve balls, beautifully told by a girl who has endless heart but a tough mountain to climb when it comes to loving herself as is. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Lori Oliver
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    August 1, 2007
    Lori Oliver

    Bethany Pierce writes beautifully and honestly from the perspective of a sixteen year old preacher's daughter who has anorexia. Some say it reads like a memoir. I'd say it reads like a poem. When I found myself re-reading to capture the images she wanted to convey, I was glad I did. I now better understand the mind of a hurting young woman who eventually hears the voice of Jesus over her own. Read the book. It will change you.

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