A Promise in Pieces
(Forthcoming, Spring of 2014, Abingdon Fiction)Pre-Order here
"Wierenga is a stunning new writer. I became so engrossed in this riveting story, I grieved to see it end."
~ Serena B. Miller (Winner of 2012 RITA and 2013 Carol awards)
Following World War II, Clara Kirkpatrick returns from the Women’s Army Corp to deliver a dying soldier’s last wishes: convey his love to his young widow, Mattie, with apologies for the missed life they had planned to share.
Struggling with her own post-war trauma, Clara does not feel prepared to handle the grief of this broken family. Yet upon meeting Mattie, and receiving a baby quilt that will never hold the soldier’s baby, Clara vows to honor the sacrifices that family made.
Now a labor and delivery nurse in her rural hometown, Clara wraps each new babe in the gifted quilt and later stitches the child’s name into the cloth. As each new child is welcomed by the quilt, Clara begins to wonder whatever happened to Mattie—and if her own life would ever experience the love of a newborn. Little does she know that she will have the opportunity to re-gift the special quilt—years later and carrying even greater significance than when it was first bestowed.
Mom in the Mirror: Body Image, Beauty and Life After PregnancyPurchase Here
"Welcome to the answers you’ve been looking for, some good hard facts to lead you to your personal worth, and the power to change."
~ Emme, plus-size supermodel, founder of EmmeNation
Mom in the Mirror: Body Image, Beauty and Life after Pregnancy is for every woman who has ever doubted herself or her self-worth after the birth of a child.
Because most women spend much of their lives attempting to change their bodies, it’s not surprising that the weight gain that comes along with pregnancy (and post-pregnancy), coupled with the challenges of parenting, only exacerbates issues with weight, body image, disordered eating, and self-esteem.
Drawing on the wisdom of eating disorders expert Dr. Dena Cabrera, as well as the personal experiences of former anorexic, Emily Wierenga, Mom in the Mirror is a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual response to a female generation seeking its true identity in an appearance-based world.
Chasing Silhouettes: How to Help a Loved One Battling an Eating DisorderPurchase Here
"A deeply helpful read for those in ministry with young women."
~ Ann Voskamp, bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts
Chasing Silhouettes: How to Help a Loved One Battling an Eating Disorder is a unique resource for family members and friends of disordered eaters. Based on Emily Wierenga's struggle with anorexia nervosa, Silhouettes provides a fresh perspective on the age-old topic of body image, and how to redefine it in a world of eating disorders.
Comprised of insight and advice from both families and Christian professionals in the eating disorder field, as well as suggested prayers and tips on what not to say or do, the easy-to-read chapters are separated into five sections.
Save My Children: The Story of a Father's LovePurchase Here
A compelling story of a young couple who became mother and father to over 800 abused and neglected children.
Harvey and Elsie Jespersen had one desire: to provide a safe place for any child needing a family. This is a fictional retelling of the true story of the founders of Bethany Homes for Children. From 1948-1991 the Jespersens fostered up to fifty-five kids at any given time. Their home consisted of a set of old army barracks based on 42 acres of Albertan farmland. Through hard work, determination and patience, the barracks were transformed into a place of refuge for generations of children. Refusing to take any payment except what parents could afford, Harvey and Elsie depended solely on the power of prayer. Written in honor of Bethany Homes’ 60th Anniversary, Save My Children tells of love’s ability to mend hundreds of broken children through two open hearts.