about e.

photo by SnowStone Photography

photo by SnowStone Photography


I’m Emily, and I’m honored and humbled to meet you, friend.

We’re all stumbling along on this journey and you can approach me about anything okay? I’m an open book, with dog-eared pages and a worn cover.

I’m married to a farm-boy-turned-math-teacher. I’m mama to two adorable boys and a beautiful little girl. We live in a small Dutch hamlet with three churches, one Co-Op and no stop lights. There are a lot of fields out here, there’s a lot of space and sky for breathing and running and writing.

For 11 months we fostered two boys in addition to our own; we now see them once a month, and they are happily resettled with their mother. Before I had kids, I took care of my Mum who had brain cancer. She fought back and recovered, all glory to God, and then four years later, the cancer returned. My pastor-father still holds her hand while they go for daily walks.

I battled anorexia nervosa as a child, and then again as a newly married woman, and I write a lot about body image now and have a passion for women to learn to love themselves.

My husband and I have battled infertility and miraculously gave birth to our third child in March 2015.

I hurt for the church, and believe in it, and pray for it, as I’ve grown up inside its walls and have heard its groanings.

I have a heart for Africa, particularly Uganda, and went there in January on a bloggers’ trip with World Help. In June of 2014 I founded a non-profit called The Lulu Tree. Our vision is to prevent tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s mothers. We work in the slum of Katwe, Uganda.

My favorite things to do are read literary novels, play guitar (I used to be in a band; you can listen to our music HERE), snowboard, run, paint with watercolor, oil and acrylics and hug my babies.

I am the author of two books on eating disorders, a novel, and two memoirs (releasing July 2014 and September 2015). All of my books can be found here: http://www.emilywierenga.com/books/.

I hope you’ll connect with me on FB: https://www.facebook.com/emilytwierenga, or if you prefer, Twitter: @emily_wierenga. I’d love to have a virtual glass of wine, or a cup of coffee, with you.

Peace to you friends,



Watch Emily's life story in three segments on My New Day

Watch my life story in three segments on My New Day (click on photo above, or go to this link: http://www.mynewday.tv/shows/atlas-girl).


Emily T. Wierenga is an award-winning journalist, artist, and the author of six books. Her first novel, A Promise in Pieces, released Spring of 2014, and her memoir, Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I thought to Look (Baker Books) released July 1, 2014. The sequel, Making It Home, released September 8, 2015.

She is a columnist for Christian Week and The Christian Courier, a bi-weekly contributor to MOPS International, a monthly contributor to The Better Mom, and a paid contributor to The High Calling. In addition to being associate editor, ghostwriter, copy editor, and staff writer, Wierenga has written for Catalyst, Relevant, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Adbusters, Prodigal Magazine, Today’s Christian Woman, (in)courage, Radix, Christian Week, Faith Today, Geez, The Anglican Planet, Focus on the Family, Christian Courier, and In Touch. Her work is also regularly syndicated by Christian Family Post. On July 29th, 2013, Emily wrote a letter on her blog to Kate Middleton on the postpartum body. It went viral, receiving over six million views, and was shared by Dove.

In January of 2014 Emily traveled to Rwanda and Uganda on a bloggers’ trip, and in June of 2014, she founded The Lulu Tree, a non-profit dedicated to preventing tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s mothers in the slum of Katwe, Uganda. All proceeds from Atlas Girl benefit The Lulu Tree.

Emily speaks at women’s retreats, universities, churches and conferences, about her journey with anorexia nervosa, and was one of the keynote speakers at the premiere Christian eating disorders conference, Hungry for Hope 2013, where she shared the platform with Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008. She also spoke at Hungry for Hope 2014, and is scheduled to speak at Allume, in addition to leading a COMPEL training webinar for Proverbs 31 Ministries, fall of 2014.

Emily serves as an Official Ambassador for FINDINGbalance and is a Navigator with the National Eating Disorders Association.

She has appeared multiple times on 100 Huntley StreetThe Drew Marshall Show and Chris Fabry Live!,as well as on Breakfast Television Edmonton. And in the spring of 2015, she shared her story in a three-part series on My New Day which can be viewed HERE.

She is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary.

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Family in Canola Field2


Me holding Uganda in my arms, January of 2014