100% of the author’s proceeds will be donated to Give Kids the World, a charitable organization where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacations. www.GKTW.org. The authors, creator and publisher are in no other way affiliated with this organization.Mark Miller’s One is a spiritual anthology examining Tru100% of the author’s proceeds will be donated to Give Kids the World, a charitable organization where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacations. www.GKTW.org. The authors, creator and publisher are in no other way affiliated with this organization.Mark Miller’s One is a spiritual anthology examining True-Life experiences of Authors and their Faith. As the series evolves expect to discover what it means to have faith, no matter what that faith is and no matter where they live. Remember that we are all part of this One World.In Story Seven, award-winning poet Rachel Hunter tells a personal story of her battle with Anorexia Nervosa. Her ordeal is touching and emotional. In this private glimpse of her life, she shows how close she was to dying and the realizations that came with it....
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Perfect Nothing Reviews
Rachel Hunter says that no one should have expected her to be more than her illness. She became a victim of her own desire and a thing of woe. Then she became something more.I met Rachel by funny coincidence. I have a series of fantasy novels called The Empyrical Tales and she is about to publish her own novel called Empyreal Fate. Independently, we are both writing about our ideas of a heaven-like place. In that regard, I have to assume we are both romantics, dreamers. I had to have a kindred spirit participate in this series.When I asked Rachel to write a story of faith, she delivered something quite powerful and very personal. She tells of her battle with the physical and psychological illness called Anorexia Nervosa. I am honored to know that this is the first time she has written about or made her story public.The thrust of her story is about her relationship with her father and him literally carrying her into the emergency room. As a father, I saw this story from that perspective and it brought me to tears.One is about faith and belief and sometimes a person’s faith is not in a god, but in themselves. Rachel is currently a medical student, inspired by the doctors that helped save her life. She is becoming more than she expected to be. Her belief in herself and the power of the human mind is a concept that transcends so many religions and faiths. She is determined to not be defined by her own expectations and that is something from which we can all benefit.
Rachel Hunter’s “Perfect Nothing,” Story Seven in Mark Miller’s One Series, bravely and passionately tells the tale of a nearly fatal struggle with Anorexia Nervosa. By using language reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe and other masters of horror, Hunter makes the point that her own true life tale is as surreal and filled with horror as anything the imagination can devise: “I cannot escape it; the depths of my despair claim me as the growls of my belly slowly claim my life. As I clutch my knees, the bones press tight against my arms like jutting stone. They’re leaving bruises –I can feel it – one of the few sensations I can yet detect… but I no longer care. I hate me. I abhor this wretched thing that has a name. What is one more wound to this lifeless, hollow core? Nothing. No - numbers. Perfection.” Starting from the heart-wrenching moment that Hunter’s father scoops her up and carries her out the door, and leading to the point of her own enlightenment in the hospital, what we see is a profound meditation on the concept of perfection. In alternating moments of surreal in-and-out-of-body experiences, Hunter achieves a clarity that allows her to see that what she always thought was perfection is in fact a “perfect nothing,” and that perfection is instead about harmony, oneness, and acceptance. Using imagery of herself as a beast, she shows us that the attempt to escape mortality by controlling one’s “animalistic desires” does not elevate a person beyond humanity, but, rather, renders them subhuman as they struggle to survive inside a damaged body and mind. This is a story that bravely highlights and affirms the deeper values often overlooked by a society too wrapped up in competition to understand what true perfection is all about.
Anorexia isn't anything that I've ever experienced or been in contact with (to my knowledge). I picked up this story out of curiosity and was surprised at how personal a connection I found.It's the little details that really affected me in "Perfect Nothing." Hunter brings us into a world obsessed with numbers--but numbers that are a sinister and deadly equation. Waist size, hip size, measurements...she shows us what it is like to perceive the world from the point of view with someone suffering from an eating disorder. Most of us have had moments where we've felt upset or embarrassed by our physical appearance--the protagonist of this story, however, is trapped in her own personal struggle, unable to perceive how her actions affect others at the beginning of the story.Whereas some other stories about illnesses focus on the protagonist's fight alone, Hunter has the honesty and sincerity to also address how anorexia affects those who love the afflicted. It is not easy to read "Perfect Nothing" because it is so real and so painful at points but the conclusion of the story gives the reader hope for both the protagonist and others who have experienced this struggle. Although the message of this story is ostensibly about an eating disorder, I found a deeper meaning from it in considering my own self-image and the way that I myself have related to other people. An excellent read and highly recommended.
As the father of a daughter, ‘Perfect Nothing’ was difficult to read at times, but only because of the helplessness a parent can sometimes feel in regards to their children and the struggles they face.The story of Rachel’s struggle in ‘Perfect Nothing’, reminded me of another who struggled and became a prisoner of his own mind…Frodo Baggins. What the heck does anorexia have to do with The Lord of the Rings you ask? Because towards the end anorexia was consuming Rachel, just as the ring was consuming Frodo’s mind. And like Frodo, when all her will was gone she did the only thing she could do, keep putting one foot in front of the other until she could cast her ring (anorexia) into Mount Doom. But by her side she also had her Samwise…her dad, who when she couldn’t walk herself, carried her, even though he could not carry her burden.This was an inspirational and uplifting story, especially for someone who struggles with diseases of the mind. It’s message to me was simple…Keep moving forward always, keep those you love close, and in the end you will come to the Shire of your mind, where you can sit, enjoy a good pipe, and find peace and joy once again.
I had been meaning to read this ever since I purchased it on Amazon a while back. I'm glad I finally got around to this one, because I am currently drowning in tears - in the best of ways. This is probably the most beautifully written autobiographies of an eating disorder I have ever come across. The ending was so full of the kind of hope one rarely finds these days: hope in the power of each individual's mind. The mind CAN be a safe and peaceful place, only if we create such a place for ourselves. Such a pure, honest story from a wonderful young author :). I'm glad I was finally able to read this!
The Choice of Life.I have never read the experience of anorexia written so vivdly. It was as if one could feel the very essence of the battle and the choice to turn from death to life. It took great courage both to conquer what was faced and to write it for others to read. I commend the author from the bottom of my heart, and I commend her father for loving her enough to never give up.This is a must read.
With "Perfect Nothing," Rachel Hunter, author of Empyreal Fate: A Llathalan Annal (Volume 1), immediately seizes your emotions with a siren call that draws you ever closer to the ghoulish world of anorexia nervosa that once she inhabited. Your heart is wrenched first one way, then another, as she summons the kraken to latch onto the ship of your sympathy and to immerse you fully into the depths of her despair.It is impossible to read "Perfect Nothing" without tears streaming from your eyes, even if you have never had your own encounter with this disorder. Ms. Hunter's writing has such a natural flow to it that one would think the words come effortlessly to her. Yet, as an author myself, I know that is seldom the case with any writer. I find it amazing to see writing of this quality produced from the pen of one so young, so it's a safe bet that we have much yet to enjoy of Rachel's writing. In fact, I would not be surprised at all to see her name on the best-seller list in the not-too-distant future.