Review of Little Girl Crying

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Here is a description of Little Girl Crying by Belinda Rose.

I’ll bury the pain deep, deep down

So deep that it can’t be found

It will not see the light of day

If it seeks release I’ll purge it away

I’ll starve the life right out of it

And lull the pain a little bit

I’ll beat the pain … the anger … fear

‘Till ‘It’ or ‘I’ just disappear.

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Abused at home, bullied relentlessly at school, and raped by someone she loved and trusted, Belinda Rose found her emotional pain too much to cope with, and thus began the fight of her life against two dark adversaries: Anorexia Nervosa and Depression.

For nearly 38 years, she found herself locked in a life and death battle with an eating disorder intent on destroying her mentally, physically and spiritually. Near death multiple times, and at one point hospitalized 13 times within the span of a year and a half, doctors all agreed she’d never overcome the eating disorder and would likely die from it. It would take nothing less than a miracle for her to find the recovery that seemed impossible. She felt lost, alone and at the mercy of an illness intent on her destruction. All hope seemed gone, or was it?

As a small child, Belinda had found comfort and sanctuary from those that abused and bullied her in the arms of her imaginary friend, Jesus. It would be the deep love and devotion she’d felt for Him since childhood that would lead her on a journey of prayer to an incredible spiritual experience that would miraculously still the Voice of Anorexia, lift the darkness of depression and transform her life setting her on a new path.

Little Girl Crying is a story of survival. It’s a story of God’s love, mercy, and amazing grace, that affirms God is with us even when He is silent. But most of all, it is a message of hope and encouragement to all that suffer that says – never give up, because our God is a God of healing and miracles!

 

With over 40 beautiful and original black and white illustrations, inspirational poetry, prayers, and Bible verses that open and close every chapter, Little Girl Crying is not just another memoir, but a sense evoking and uplifting experience. Little Girl Crying is a wild ride on an emotional roller coaster, and yet, a spiritual journey full of hope and miracles that speaks to perseverance, faith and the power of prayer amid unspeakable suffering. While it takes the reader deep into the heart of suffering, it also gives insights into why God allows such unspeakable suffering, and how we can find the blessings in it. It is no wonder Little Girl Crying has been called a modern day, Pilgrims Progress.

My Thoughts

Having known people with eating disorders, when I saw the opportunity arise to review this book I knew I wanted to read it.  It addresses some really tough issues in a way that both brings them to life and challenged the way I thought about certain things.  Everyone desires to be loved, heard and understood.  I know I definitely feel that way.   The story reflects how we can find miracles all around us if we just take the time to look.  Everyone can benefit from reading this book and then sharing it with those you love.  She illustrates how healing comes through faith.

As she wrote about attempting to take her own life, I found myself fixated on a time in college when a friend of a friend attempted suicide.  It devastates me to think someone would feel so alone that he/she decides taking his/her own life is the only solution.  I also loved how each chapter and section began with a passage of Scripture.  More importantly, it touched my soul how the Scriptures related so well to the topic for that chapter.

So if you are the victim of abuse, had thoughts of suicide or been bullied, or even know someone who has, check out this book for yourself.

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