Monday, March 5, 2012

BOOK REVIEW and AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Meeting Myself - Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind

Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind

Brenda J. Wood

Word Alive Press, 2012, 98 pages

My Review

I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it.  I read it straight through in one sitting.  Brenda Wood has been someone in my life who has given me advice, supported me, taught me, and encouraged me; and with this book she continues to do just that.  She has done a remarkable job of letting outsiders have a glimpse of what it’s like to live trapped inside the dark world of addictions, abuse and eating disorders.  Even though my addiction wasn't bulimia, and my story isn't hers; the negative thinking, lack of self esteem, self destructive behaviour, the need to hide it, guilt, shame, embarrassment, fear of others finding out; all are part of my own story.  I wasn't even finished reading chapter one when I said to myself "Wow, she gets it.  She really and truly gets it!  Someone actually understands.  It's not just me.  I'm not alone".

Brenda shares her struggles and lets us into her life in a way that not many people could do; or would be willing to.  I am awed by her capacity and courage not only to tell her story, but for surviving it with her strength and faith in hand.  I found myself giggling at times with her wonderful sense of humour.  Then, on the flip side, at other times with tears in my eyes; feeling like I wanted to hug her to let her know that she is safe and loved.

Mostly, though I am awed by how God worked in her life; and how she let Him turn it around to be an incredible example of His awesome grace and mercy.  Albeit, at times she went along kicking and screaming; something I am very well acquainted with.  But by the time I finished reading the last page I was reminded that God does use all things for our own good; and that those blessings will come in His time.  God loves us in spite of all the disobedience and mistakes we make, and He will never leave us abandoned or unsupported.  Thanks Brenda!

My Over-all Rating

Author Interview

Author, Brenda J. Wood
What inspired you to write Meeting Myself? 
Our local library writer-in-residence Shane Peacock and hosted a writers’ evening. We all had to bring a written piece. Chapter one flew out of my heart onto paper. I guess I was just ready to go public with my past. I thought others might find healing if they read my story. Happily that is true! 

What was your favorite part of Meeting Myself? 
I like the funny bits. I’m finally able to laugh at things like the grilled cheese sandwich story. 

What was the hardest part to write in Meeting Myself? 
(1)Writing about the abuse was painful. Who ever wants to dredge though that again? Still if you tell your story you have to tell it all, right?   (2) I found out that Meeting Myself won an award in The Word Alive Publishing contest about one week after my DH (Darling Husband) died. I would have liked to be able to tell him all about it. 

Is there anything you wish was different about Meeting Myself? 
No not really. When I wrote it, I felt I couldn’t say another word. There’s more to tell but there is more than enough pain there for one read. Maybe in another book or speaking engagement. 

Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?  What is it that really strikes you about their work? 
My Dad used to say I’d read the dictionary if nothing else was available. If a book looks interesting I pick it up. I’m a speed reader so I go through several books a week. 

Tell us your latest news? 
My latest news? I just wrote a book about becoming a widow (Oh how I dislike that word!!!) It will be published next year. 

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? 
The difficult part about becoming a writer is that you must step into the role and call yourself what you are—a writer. A wonderful woman named Hannah Moor first encouraged me to do that. And Ron expected me to write simply because I could. Also I am a member of The Word Guild and Inscribe. Both groups give consistently good advice to their members. 

What book(s) are you reading now? 
I just finished the novel ‘Come to Me’ by Laura Davis. It’s Jesus’ life told from Mary’s point of view. I also just reviewed her companion Bible study ‘Learning from the Master.’ Excellent. 

Did you learn anything from writing Meeting Myself and what was it? 
I cried my way through every page. Some days, I could hardly see to type. I learned that we may be able to tamp stuff down inside, but the body never forgets what happened to it. 

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 
Thank you for loving this book and laughing and crying with me. 

Where can people buy Meeting Myself (or any of your books)? 

How can people reach you if they are interested in booking you as a guest speaker? 
I love to write but speaking is my all time favorite thing to do!  
Email:  or Phone: 1-705-431-5300

About the Author, Brenda J. Wood
Brenda is a popular motivational speaker; noted for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments.

A prolific author, her other books include:
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living
The Big Red Chair (Storybook for Grieving Children)
God, Gluttony and You

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