All That Fills Us by Autumn Lytle: Book Review with RevellReads
About the Book
Title: All That Fills Us
Author: Autumn Lytle
Release Date: May 3, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
Mel Ellis knows that her eating disorder is ruining her life. Everyone tells her rehab is her best option, but she can’t bring herself to go. Broken and empty in more ways than one, Mel makes one last-ditch effort to make hers a story worth telling. She will walk her own road to recovery along the lesser-known trails of the North American wilderness.
Though she is physically and mentally unprepared to face the difficulties that lay ahead, she sets off on foot from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and heads toward Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State. During the long journey, she meets strangers with their own stories, as well as ghosts from her past who can no longer be ignored. But though the land she travels threatens her success at every turn, it’s her own dark thoughts she’ll have to overcome in order to find peace in the life and the body she has been given.
With pitch-perfect timing and delightfully witty self-awareness, debut author Autumn Lytle masterfully leads readers on a journey down the hard path toward healing.
Let me preface this review by stating that the book deals with some heavy truths and an eating disorder. Please take this into consideration before reading the book. All That Fills Us takes us on an adventure through the harrowing decline of Mel’s character as she suffers with anorexia. Her constant need to compare herself to every woman she meets rings hard and true for many women, and the added component of her eating disorder makes it that much more painful. The journey itself is filled with characters who help Mel along the way and show her the truth of who we could be in God’s eyes. When she could have met all the worst of our kind, she met some of the best, and the experience helped change Mel. The descriptive writing and the way we’re taken deep into Mel’s mind kept the story going for me. There were some moments when I questioned the book, but I’m choosing to take that on faith that it was my own history muddying the reading. I received a copy of this book from RevellReads. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.