Country music star Lauren Alaina talks about her journey of faith in a new book that chronicles her career, the death of her stepfather and a six-year battle with bulimia.
The multi-platinum singer comes out Becoming Good At You: Learning To Love Who God Made You To Be on December 7th and said she wanted to be open about her struggles to help others.
“I wrote it for young women, mainly,” she shared on Instagram. “Writing a book is very different from writing a song … because writing a song is writing a 3 minute summary of a situation. Writing a book is devoting an entire chapter to a situation . It’s really breaking it down and going into detail. It’s vulnerable in a whole different way.
The 2011 American Idol finalist shares personal stories, practical faith tips and encouragement.
“When I wrote the book, I really wanted to write it from a ‘These are the things I went through, and this is how I got over them’ perspective,” Alaina told the Christian post. “To be on the other side, to be healed, I just want you to know it’s possible, you can get away with it.”
The artist uses the book to raise awareness about an eating disorder that she struggled with for six years.
“There was this specific blog that really bothered me, and they just called me Miss Piggy and they put her pig nose and ears on my body,” Alaina said. Auto Magazine in 2017. “I was 16 and I just remember seeing this and thinking, ‘They can’t do this to me anymore because I’m going to lose weight.’ And that’s when it got really bad. “
Alaina lost 50 pounds but her hair was falling out and she started to develop polyps on her vocal cords. It was only when a doctor warned of the permanent damage that Alaina decided to seek treatment.
“You never would have thought when I was 19, bubbly, loud everywhere like I always am, that I was struggling inside,” she told CP. “And I think it’s like anything, the more we talk about something, the less that stigma goes away. And the more we all realize, hey, that’s a real problem for a lot of people, and we have to figure it out. a way to get help from these people and… get help. “
A 2020 Harvard Study finds that nine percent or 28.8 million Americans will have an eating disorder in their lifetime, but help is always available through resources like NEPA, a 24/7 service. 7. Eating Disorders Helpline.
“I just want to be a source of love and guidance as much as possible and inspire others to be kind to themselves,” explained Alaina. “If anything, please be kind to yourself. Let me be an example of that.”
The 27-year-old is also using the book to share how God pulled her out of despair during her stepfather’s battle with cancer. “I felt very lonely. I felt like [God] was not there with me, but my grief darkened it. He was of course there, ”she said.
Alaina hopes her book will help women understand their God-given value. “This book encompasses everything that made me the woman I am today. Faith. Family. Friends. Fans. Loss. Love. Hope. Ends. New beginnings. Healing,” she wrote on Instagram .
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