I was very moved by a book I recently read. I found myself wanting to get back to the book to continue following her journey. I was captivated from the beginning as I read the e-mail I received from Tristi asking me to read it. A smile spread across my face when I received a copy in the mail and I anticipated the moment I would be able to start reading.
A Future for Tomorrow by Haley Hatch Freeman is a true story of a young girl’s struggle with anorexia. It is a narrative nonfiction piece and easy to read.
Although I have read and heard things over the years about anorexia, I have never completely understood the struggles these youth face. This story provided excellent insight as I travelled with Haley through her struggle with this disease. I learned things I didn’t know. I felt her pain and her family’s pain. I felt like I was there with her and found myself wanting to help her. The more I read, the more the experience became personal.
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 provides a depth of understanding that everyone could benefit from. Not only could it help those struggling with the same issues Haley did, but it can provide parents, siblings and leaders with the knowledge and understanding they need to help anyone who is dealing with anorexia or who could develop this disease. It’s a must read!
Thanks, Haley, for having the courage to share your story.