Book Review: Bloom

If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, Caralyn wants to give you a hug. She also wants to give you a journal, a path, and hope for an amazing, healthy future.

I was first drawn to Caralyn through her powerful blog, Beauty Beyond Bones. In her posts, which she began sharing as part of her own journal while recovering from anorexia, Caralyn is real, honest, funny, and—just as she described in her book, Bloom—spunky!

…when I read her first post about having to be bed-ridden for ten months due to an illness, I could immediately relate to Caralyn’s overwhelming panic that she would lay there, gain a ton of weight, and get monstrously fat.

Having suffered, and thankfully recovered, from an eating disorder myself, when I read her first post about having to be bed-ridden for ten months due to an illness, I could immediately relate to Caralyn’s overwhelming panic that she would lay there, gain a ton of weight, and get monstrously fat.

That would be the first thing that would have infiltrated my mind had I ever been forced to bed rest while I was suffering with my eating disorder, which included exercise bulimia, an insane urge to “exercise off” every calorie that went in (but didn’t come back up). But, as Caralyn shares with delight, miraculously her body responded with gratitude because her bedrest finally stopped her self-inflicted torture. Caralyn’s story is inspiring and encouraging.

I am confident anyone who makes an honest attempt to journal while reading Bloom, as Caralyn encourages, will gain invaluable insight into their internal fears and demons and take great strides toward recovery.

In Bloom, she shares with readers the powerful scriptures and words that resonated with her during her recovery and asks the reader to answer many difficult questions with honesty and openness about their emotions, fears, and struggles. I am confident anyone who makes an honest attempt to journal while reading Bloom, as Caralyn encourages, will gain invaluable insight into their internal fears and demons and take great strides toward recovery. If anything, I believe you will find yourself feeling much more yellow (glowing, sunny, and radiant) with Caralyn’s words and hope inside you.

—Callie

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Bloom

  1. Callie, thank you so much for such a glowing review of my book! I cannot begin to express the joy it brings my heart that it resonated with you in such a personal way. I’m so glad that you also know the FREEDOM and JOY of recovery! Power on, sister!! big big hugs to you x

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