Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look by Emily T. Wierenga

In her late teens, Wierenga wanted to leave her family behind, unaware of how much they loved her and how much she really needed them. A sensitive and anguished child, Wierenga was born to parents who were missionaries in Congo and who later moved numerous times to serve parishes in Canada.

With vulnerability and a keen eye for detail, Wierenga’s book relates her childhood battle with anorexia—she almost died of starvation when she was 13 years old—and its recurrence in her adult life.

As she traveled the world, got married, nursed her ailing mother, and gave birth to two children, Wierenga learned that “no matter how many flights I take, no matter how many countries I visit, if God’s will and heart are not my ultimate destination then I am to be more pitied than anyone.” (Baker)

About the Author

Sonya VanderVeen Feddema is a freelance writer and a member of Covenant CRC in St. Catharines, Ontario.