“Life Without Ed” Book Review

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

This quote is upon the first page of “Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too,” an inspiring life story by Jenni Schaefer’s. This quote serves as a theme throughout the book as Jenni shows her battle with recovery over anorexia and bulimia.

The story depicts her life when it was narrated by “Ed” her eating disorder. It then shows how over the course of treatment, therapy and support, she was able to become confident in herself and live her life without her eating disorder narrating it.

Not only does Jenni educate her readers on how complex eating orders can be, she also lets her therapist co-write with her. He adds advice and exercises in various chapters of the book. Through her humorous and heartbreaking honesty, Jenni shares her personal stories to show readers how she made, and continually makes strides in the battle against “Ed” every day.


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