Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My Letter

I wanted to post something I wrote from my heart to those who are suffering from eating disorders. I wrote it for the end of my book and you can find it there next to the pictures, but I wanted to share it on my blog.

If you have a friend or family member who you think it struggling with an eating disorder please feel free to print this off and share it with them. It might help them know that they aren't alone and there is someone who truly understands their pain.

To those who are suffering:
I speak to you with all sincerity from the deepest part of my heart. I truly understand your anguish and battle over this substance named food. I acknowledge that not everyone with Anorexia or other eating disorders has the same experience, but I speak from what I know.

First and foremost, I plead for you to go to someone with your problem. Get professional help. This disease will not stop without treatment. Do not believe that you can heal alone. For months I tried with every ounce of energy inside myself to overcome the mental monster that taunted each bite, but I still lost weight and grew increasingly ill. I allowed the disorder to control me until, according to all medical understanding, I should have died. It did literally kill me, and only by the will and power of our Father in Heaven was I permitted to continue my journey on Earth. Do not allow this disease to bind you to that depth of physical catastrophe.

Know that no number on the scale or size on a label is small enough to give you joy. Do not allow yourself to fall into the belief that “If I lose five more pounds, I will be happy.” This notion is false and destructive. I know, because at 85 pounds I was more miserable and lost than at the healthier size I was after recovery and am today.

I know there is a battle within you. A part of you wants to get healthy and stop the deprivation, and part of you doesn’t. Trust my words: you want to heal. There is life more glorious than you can imagine waiting for you. You need to heal to be capable of enjoying it.

I know how the disorder becomes part of your identity, who you think you are. You may feel, “Who am I, if I’m not an anorexic?” You need to find a passion, a purpose. Make that a part of your identity and leave the disorder behind.

You are worthy of all nourishment and health. Thinness is not perfection. You don’t need to be perfect; allow yourself to be human. Recognize that your sorrow is not about food, but about deeper issues. Get treatment for them. Learn to love yourself and love your body.

You are unique, beautiful, and loved by many, including our God and His son Jesus Christ. Even if you doubt their Deity, know that I know they love you, and know you personally. You have great worth and a purpose, an individual plan that only you can complete. Get the assistance you need to heal and achieve it.

(published in A Future for Tomorrow by Haley Freeman)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Winner Is...

The winner of a free signed copy of A Future for Tomorrow is...


(Nicole please e-mail me at afuturefortomorrow@gmail.com)

Thank you to those who entered and helped share the word about my contest.

Remember the discount price and FREE shipping sale for A Future for Tomorrow goes until Jan 1st.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Extra Entries

If you want to triple your chance to win a signed copy of A Future for Tomorrow all you need to do is mention my blog (afuturefortomorrow.blogspot.com) , websites (afuturefortomorrow.com or haleyhfreeman.com), my book, or this contest (see last post) on your facebook, twitter, or blog.

Leave me a comment letting me know and a link so I can check it out.

I will put your name in THREE times for the drawing!

(refer to last post for contest details)

Thank you for helping me spread the word!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Free Book Christmas Giveaway!!!

For Christmas I am offering a free book of A Future for Tomorrow.

Also, until Jan 1st there will be no shipping and a discount price!

In stores A Future for Tomorrow regularly sells for 16.95 plus tax but I'm offering it for only 15.00, but only to those who order here from my blog. Just click on the "Buy Now" button the top of the side bar.

"It is so inspiring for anyone to read! Even if you or no one you know has an eating disorder. It is a book of endurance, faith, hope, courage, parental unconditional love, knowledge of the life after death, and a renewal of life......a miracle!" --Kristen, Pasco, Washington

"Haley's book, written in the first person, is as tense and dramatic as a thriller novel. "--Tamara Heiner, book reviewer and writer

"After reading A Future for Tomorrow, I had the desire to look at myself through Heavenly Father's eyes and see the good in His child. And I have Haley to thank for that..." -- Stacy Gooch Anderson, Author & Reviewer

"I know for myself it gave me hope and blessed me with an even keener sense of our Father's love.” --Lori Nawyn, graphic designer, author, artist, and photographer.

"As I finished the last page and closed the book, I found myself thinking that all youth, youth leaders and parents should read this book. It’s a must read!" --Shari Bird, Tooele Utah

(For more reviews scroll down and see right side bar or visit http://www.afuturefortomorrow.com/ or http://www.haleyhfreeman.com/ )

To Enter Free Book Giveaway: Leave a comment on this post and any post after this one until December 16th at midnight. Leave your e-mail so I can contact you if you win. There will be a random drawing and I will send a signed copy to the winner. Winner announced Thurs. December 17th. Good Luck!
For those of you who are interested in ordering multiple copies of A Future for Tomorrow for Young Women's or other groups contact me at afuturefortomorrow@gmail.com for a special discount price.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

New Interview

I want to share an interview that Tamara Heiner has posted on her blog, Chasing Dreams
Most of her questions are different than any I've been asked before with both fun and serious ones. Click here for interview.
She is a new author with her first book being published in the Fall of 2010. Congrats!

Tamara also reviewed my book a little while ago, click here to see it.

Thank you so much Tamara for the review and for the interview!