"Humanville details one young woman's struggle with eating disorders. French's novel is compassionate, inspiring, and real."
Dr. Craig Johnson (craigj@laureate.com)
Laureate Clinic - Tulsa, OK

"My Friend Cynthia goes bravely into the hidden world of eating disorders...the pain shared by millions of women...and takes us to a place of peace and hope. Humanville is a must read for anyone caught with an unhealthy body image and unhealthy relationship with food."
Gregory L. Jantz PhD
The Center for Counseling and Health Resources Inc.
425-771-5166 ext 202
direct fax 425-771-3799
South American Affiliate:
A Place of Hope, Ecuador
Tele'fonos #5932-2-274-710
Quito Ecuador

"Humanville is a very real representation of the story that much too oftern is the story that our patients with Eating Disorders bring to us. It has touched the lives of many of our patients and has helped me understand the perspective of those who suffer through the struggle of finding and accepting themselves."
Ovidio Burmudez, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Nursing
Clinical Director of Adolescent Medicine and Behavioral Science
Director, Eating Disorders Program
436 Medical Center South
Nashville, TN 37232
Telephone : 615-936-0252
Fax: 615-936-0202
"I had the pleasure of meeting Cynthia French when she participated in National Eating Disorders Awareness Week at Oklahoma State Unviversity in February 2001. Cynthia was kind enough to share her account of her battle with anorexia before a very appreciative audience. Cynthia's story of recovery serves as an inspiration to anyone who has struggled with his or her own inner demons. She speaks with honesty, emotion, humor, and bravery. Her journey to recovery is uniquely hers, yet she conveys a universal message of self-reliance and perseverance in overcoming life's obstacles."
Mary Talley M.S.
Activities Coordinator
Seretean Wellness Center
Oklahoma State University
Cynthia French has written a book that speaks straight to the human heart. Her story, told bravely and honestly, will lift you out of the swamp of illusion ans set you down, very lovingly, in a place of charity and peace.

(With a few laughs along the way.)

-Bob Dolman

Writer and director of the film "The Banger Sisters" and screenwriter for the film "Far and Away"
I really appreciated your candidness and courage to write such a personal story and share it with the world. I have been struggling for years with bulimia and alcohol abuse...I finally went to the rehad though...but still hung onto the food thing...I feel I have come a long way thanks to the "angels" in my life that have helped me along the way...I won't take up a lot of your time, but I just wanted to thank you for giving me some direction and hope...your book has been a blessing to me and it truly touches me that you were able to find true inner love in your life and change your life for the better, not to mention make such a difference in the lives of others. I can relate immensely to much of what you felt and went through. You're a blessing and I'm thankful for your sharing!

Good luck in all you do and God Bless!

Stay in the light!
I have truly enjoyed your book. I am a dietitian that works with clients who suffer from eating disorders.

Thanks for your wonderful insight. This book would be great to share with the various treatment centers who have a spiritual focus.

Good luck with the book. I hope it becomes more available to the general public.

ps. I just finished the book last night. It's quite inspirational for anyone, even if they are not suffereing from eating disorders. People with other addictions, persons suffering from abuse, and those with depression/anxiety would also find it helpful.

Thank you so much for sending love to my heart!

I'll be in touch,
Dear Cynthia,

I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know I received the copies of Humanville that I ordered for Community High School. I took the opportunity to read it before delivering them. I must say it touched me on a deep emotional level. Thank you for the wonderful gift of sharing your story. You have my utmost respect and admiration for the courage it must have taken to write it. What a wonderful thing you have done.

I was and am totally captivated by Humanville. I could not put it down. I found myself laughing, crying, nodding my head, and cheering Desmond as she moves through her transformation. Most importantly, it made me think. I feel the message it carries goes way beyond anorexia and bulimia drilling down to the core issues that cause many conflict and emotional pain. I found the contrasts between Humanville and Godtown cover a lot of ground. Indeed, I found myself examining aspects of my life and my interactions with other from its perspective.

I think the honesty with which the story is told is what makes it very easy for the reader to connect with it. You have given is a wonderful gift by sharing your struggle, insights and your ultimate success. Thank you.

This is just a note to to tell you how much you book Humanville meant to me. It really made a difference in my life and in my views of God. The book was given to me by a friend, and I read it at a time when I was dealing with depression, bulimia, and spiritual frustration. The book's interesting take on religion and prayer was extremely comforting. I just wanted you to know that your writing influenced and helped inspire me to get well and to trust in God. As an aspiring writer, I hope that someday I could publish a book to help others, the way your's helped me. Also, I would love to sometime soon speak to adolescent girls about my own experiences with an eating disorder.

God Bless you,