Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Radio Interview on My Book, Bulimia & Biblical Counseling

I just did a radio interview on my upcoming book, "Redeemed From the Pit: Biblical Repentance and Restoration from the Bondage of Eating Disorders". You can listen to the podcast here: Sisterhood of Beautiful Warriors: Marie Notcheva on Freedom from Bulemia

The host, Lucy Ann Moll, is a biblical counselor herself. She was interested in hearing about how one overcomes bulimia in the strength of Christ; what repentance looks like; and how one goes about renewing her mind with the Word of God.

If you listen to the podcast, please leave me a comment as to what you thought. Any feedback is welcome, so I can improve my presentation and better glorify God in the future!

Thanks. :)


Ma ~ said...

Cool! I can't wait to listen:)

Marie said...

Thanks Ma,

It's up. If you click on the link above, it goes right to the podcast. The interview was an hour; I went to the program page and downloaded the episode as a file so I could pause it as I was listening. It's the program here in the upper left-hand corner; you can click the gray "download" button underneath it: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/search/sisterhood-bulimia/

Ma ~ said...

I threw in on my mp3 player yesterday:)

You did a really nice job! I can relate to a lot of what you are saying as I did flirt with eating problems briefly in my early adulthood. Thankfully, it didn't become a power over my life for too long.

I like that you call this a "sin" and not a "disease".

I wonder, do you think that perhaps the enemy (i.e. demonic spirits) could be in play at all?

Marie said...

Thanks Ma! :)

Hmm...good question. Well, of course not being charismatic, I don't believe in the notion of the "spirit of ____" (fill in the blank with sin of choice) and deliverance ministries. However, in the broadest sense, yes because all temptation comes from the world, the flesh, and the devil.

I see addictions not really as demonic activity so much (although I suppose some of the temptation could come from there) as coming from our own sin nature - pride; idolatry; greed; fear of man.

Ma ~ said...

I don't believe in the "sprit of ____" either:P

When I was struggling with eating, it really wasn't an image issue (I don't think) but I, like you, had some "help" at home letting me know that I could stand to lose a few. And those comments stick:( And I (like you described yourself) was never "fat" compared to today's standards.

I felt like I was more in self-destruct mode, and the eating thing went along with other bad behaviors (substance stuff).

I wonder what sort of sin that would be, the self-destructing kind...pride, self-centeredness, despair? I haven't put my finger on it.

I'm so glad you have told your story and can be a help to many who have this problem:)

Marie said...


Ever read Stuart Scott's "The Manifestations of Pride"? It's an excerpted booklet from his "The Exemplary Hisband", but the sin of pride takes on many, many insidious forms and is certainly not gender-specific.

Here are my thoughts on how sin is involved in the development of an eating disorder, in outline format (I'll be happy to send you a copy when the book comes out):

”The Deadly Vice of Pride” (forms of pride that fuel EDs)
i. Fear of man/insecurity
ii. Vanity
iii. Idolatry
iv. Seeking control and/or independence from others
v. Lack of self-control/gluttony
vi. Perfectionism
vii. Lack of prayer/undisciplined thought life

d. Accompanying sins
i. Jealousy/envy
ii. Anger
iii. Unteachable/hypersensitive to criticism
iv. Unforgiveness
e. External influences upon thinking
i. Media
ii. Taste Temptation
iii. Circumstances
f. Mind needs to be set on things above/conformed to image of Christ
i. Col. 3:1-2
ii. Romans 8:29
iii. Phil. 3:14
g. “Addiction as Camoflauge?”
i. Progression of sin
ii. Natural man attempt to divert attn. from unresolved sin
iii. Necessity of true desire to change/hatred of sin
h. Abuse factor
i. Being sinned against affects thinking
ii. Personal responsibility before God for one’s own sin
iii. ED was still chosen lifestyle
iv. Confession => forgiveness; removal of guilt

Anonymous said...

Marie, I listened to the entire interview. You did a really great job, and I believe your book will be well received. As I've told you before, you handle some tough issues and do it in a very intelligent, compassionate way. My prayer is that the Lord Himself will use you in this and all your other efforts at ministry. don

Ma ~ said...

Thanks Marie:)