Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Blog Tour: A Future for Tomorrow by Haley Hatch Freeman

A Future for Tomorrow by Haley Hatch Freeman, is a true story about Haley's battle with Anorexia Nervosa and her victory in over-coming it. From the back of the book:

"A Future for Tomorrow is an extraordinary non-fiction account of the author’s actual battle against anorexia nervosa as well as a spiritual triumph against evil.

You will be brought into the anorexic mind, shown the fierce war against depression and self-depreciative thoughts and actions; and witness the gravity of the destruction this disease can do.

A deeply edifying experience will occur as you journey with the author to that eternal world. There, angels confirm to her gospel truths such as the intensity of Christ’s love, and the sacred and holy nature of our Father’s plan for his children here on Earth."


This book came to me in the mail about twenty minutes before I left for the airport a few weeks ago. I grabbed it, threw it in my purse, and didn't think about it again until I was on the plane, ready for something to distract me from my fear of flying. As I began reading, I was immediately touched by Haley's honest and thorough description of her feelings, relationships with others, and her mental & physical state. I had the hardest time putting this book down. During my trip, I picked up A Future for Tomorrow and read as much as I could. I became very attached to Haley and her battle to become healthy - and felt the need to know what was going to happen to her next.

And before you think this was a diet gone wrong - let me tell you, it wasn't. I never understood the complexities of Anorexia before. There is so much more to it than not eating enough food. Here's a good definition from Wikipedia:

"Anorexia Nervosa is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes an eating disorder characterized by low body weight and body image distortion with an obsessive fear of gaining weight. Individuals with anorexia are known to commonly control body weight through the means of voluntary starvation, purging, vomiting, excessive exercise, or other weight control measures, such as diet pills or diuretic drugs. It primarily affects adolescent females, however approximately 10% of people with the diagnosis are male. Anorexia nervosa is a complex condition, involving neurobiological, psychological, and sociological components.

The term anorexia is of Greek origin: a (α, prefix of negation), n (ν, link between two vowels) and orexis (ορεξις, appetite) thus meaning a lack of desire to eat. A person who is diagnosed with anorexia nervosa is most commonly referred to with the adjectival form anorexic. The noun form, "anorectic" is generally not used in this context and usually refers to drugs that suppress appetite.

"Anorexia nervosa" is frequently shortened to "anorexia" in both the popular media and television reports. This is technically incorrect, as the term "anorexia" used separately refers to the medical symptom of reduced appetite (which therefore is distinguishable from anorexia nervosa in being non-psychiatric)."


During Haley's story, I followed with her, a young lady in high school who was 5'9", drop down to 85 lbs, the mere weight of a fourth, fifth, or sixth-grader. I felt her anguish as she plead with Heavenly Father to give her strength to over come her illness. I wanted to pray with her, hold her hand, as she battled from the edge of death, and fought her way back to the living. I wanted to put my arms around her mom and give her a shoulder to cry on. If you have never been personally involved in the life of someone living with Anorexia Nevosa, you will when you read A Future for Tomorrow. It's like you're right there in the room with Haley and her family.

Here is a picture of Haley just after she was released from the hospital to return home. This is after she was deemed healthy enough to return home for the rest of her treatment. I can't even imagine how she must have looked during the most difficult stages of Anorexia Nervosa.












Today, Haley is a happy, healthy wife and mother. Look how absolutely beautiful she is!

I HIGHLY recommend this book to EVERY young lady, woman, and parent.

QOTC Rating: Five Stars

You can read more about Haley on her blog. You can also purchase A Future for Tomorrow on her website or Amazon.

For more information on Anorexia Nervosa, please visit these websites:

MedicineNet.com

NAMI.org

MayoClinic.com

For treatment options, please visit your doctor. Below are some links to some care facilities that specialize in Anorexia Nervosa:

Center for Change

Remuda Ranch

Rebecca's House

Canopy Cove

11 comments:

ali said...

She IS beautiful! And even without your awesome review, if I'd met her at that book signing, I would want to read her book just because of her happy smile.

Thanks for the review Danyelle. I'll recommend this book to a couple young women I know, too.

Tristi Pinkston said...

Great review, Danyelle, and thanks for all the supplemental information, too.

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Ali - I think she has a pretty smile, too. I know your young women will find this book enthralling. It will also help them to remember they are divine daughters of God.

Tristi - Thanks for asking me to be a part of the blog tour!

Alicia said...

I loved this book. It was heart-wrenching to follow Haley's story, but to see her overcome this disease and the strength of her testimony after all she suffered was truly inspiring. As soon as I finished reading it, I shared it with my 13-year-old daughter. She was amazed at the devastating effects this horrible disease can have. Thank you, Haley, for sharing your story so my daughter can learn from your experiences.

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Alicia

Thank you for your wonderful comment! A Future for Tomorrow is such an incredible book. I think it's going to touch and change many lives for good.

Haley Hatch Freeman said...

Danyelle,
I want to thank you for your touching review. I feel honored and humbled by your kind words and endorsement of my book.
My parents and I cried reading your blog. Consider yourself hugged. =)

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Haley - Thank you for sharing your experience and helping the lives of women all around you. Good luck! I'm looking forward to keeping up with your blog.

Memmott Family said...

My husband is from Scipio where Haley grew up. I knew I wanted to read this book, but I hadn't found a copy yet, and I knew my Mother In law would have one, and so I picked it up one weekend while I was waiting for the rest to start canning. I read 5 chapters waiting, and when it came time to go home, I didn't want to leave it, but others were reading it too. I picked it up few days later, and asked if I could take it on a trip with me. I read it and finished it in one day.
What a great book. I knew Haley had anorexia, but I didn't know she had endured this much. I am proud of her for conquering this disease. SHe is a beautiful mother now. Thanks Haley for sharing your story. I am sure others will learn from this. I cannot wait to share and have others read it as well
Liz

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Liz

Thank you! I love hearing from others who have been touched by Haley's story as well. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

Micaela L. Hess said...

As a recovered anorexic, I was very intrigued by Haley's book. It was so thrilling for me to learn that there was someone else out there who had experienced some of the same thoughts and emotions as I had during that dark time of my life.

"A Future for Tomorrow" is a wonderful book, and I truly believe it has the potential to change many lives. It is a touching and inspiring story of hope and of God's love for each of us. I really admire Haley for all that she has overcome, and for all her efforts in writing this book. I highly recommend it!

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Micaela - Thank you for sharing your experience with recovering from anorexia and how Haley's book connected with you. I hope your life is full and happy today and always.

Review Disclaimer: Sometimes a book I review has been sent to me for free by a publisher or an author. This in no way effects my review, which is my own opinion about whether the book was a good read for me, fit my tastes, and if I would recommend it to others. Other than possibly a free book, I am not compensated in any way for posting a review.