The Truth Will Set You Free!

Hi! I’m Rae Lynn DeAngelis, founder and executive director of Living in Truth Ministries. My greatest passion is to encourage women through the promises of God—biblical truth.

Why?

The promises of God literally saved my life!

Although I grew up in the church and was blessed with a loving family, I still found myself struggling with low self-esteem and poor body-image, even at a young age. Negative thought patterns developed in my mind and sent me down a path of almost three decades of self-abuse.

I was convinced true love and acceptance hinged on my achievement of a certain standard of excellence with outward appearance.

In my pursuit of external perfection, I stumbled upon the concept of purging as a weight-management technique. I realized I could ingest thousands of calories without gaining weight. This marked the beginning of my downward spiral with an eating disorder.

Weeks turned into months and months turned into years. Before I knew it, twenty-five years clicked by. Never could I
have imagined the eating disorder would hold me captive so long.

I was in bondage to the number on the scale. If my weight was down, it was a good day. If my weight was up, it was a
horrible day. I just wanted to be loved no matter what the scale said.

I tried to break free, but my resolve never lasted long. “I will stop tomorrow,” I promised myself. But tomorrow
without bulimia never came.

No one knew the lie I was living, and I did everything I could to keep the secret. I resolved that my eating disorder was
something I would have to live with for the rest of my life.

Thankfully, that’s not the end of my story…

Long before I realized it, Jesus had set my feet on a path towards healing. He placed people and circumstances in my
life to draw me closer to Him. He showed me that my eating disorder was getting in the way of my relationship with
Him and others. It was time to come clean, time to deal with this monster called bulimia.

God showed me that my value and worth do not come from the numbers on a scale or the people around me. My true
value comes from the fact that I am a daughter of the King, and I am precious in His sight.

Today, my years of bondage are covered over by years of freedom. You can read about my complete story of recovery in
my first book, Nothing But Your Truth Will Help Me, God!

What happened next?

Immediately after God set me free, He began bringing beauty from my ashes. He provided speaking and writing
opportunities that allowed me to share what God had done in my life.

One of those opportunities led me to share my story on a Christian radio program. During the interview, I talked about
the importance of replacing worldly lies with God’s truth when trying to overcome strongholds in your life and
suggested that if anyone was trying to break free from disordered eating or poor body-image, they should get involved
in a Bible-based support group.

After the interview aired, people started calling into the radio station, wanting to know where they could find such a
group. To be honest, I had just assumed they were out there, but after much research, I realized there was nothing like
that in the area where I lived.

Knowing how important faith-based support was in my own recovery, I felt a burden on my heart and sensed God was
asking me to do something about it. After much prayer and seeking God’s will, I said yes. God did everything else.

In 2008, Living in Truth Ministries was born!

Today we are a non-profit organization that ministers to women of all ages. I have a passion and a dream, a dream that
women around the world would love themselves for who they are, discover their true identity, and pioneer a new
generation of women who are redefining beauty.

God Has the Best Plans!

Hi! I’m Tanya Jolliffe, Director of Strategic Growth and Development at Living in Truth Ministries. My greatest passion is to help people live their best life by taking small steps toward their goals.

Small steps with God

I grew up on a twelve-acre farm in Darke County, Ohio in a family of six, the second of four children and the only girl. Family and faith were important to my parents, and they demonstrated that by volunteering at our school, in the community, and in our church. They taught us to do the same.

I began competitive athletics around the age of ten, started working out in a
weight room in Junior High, and continued in a year round training cycle for the next ten years of my life. I accepted Christ as a junior in High School. It was by his hand that I attended college on a volleyball scholarship. Although it was a wonderful experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything, it wasn’t without scars.

My volleyball coach loved her team and only wanted the best for us. She also wanted the best from us. She believed I
had All-American potential. She coached me in the best way she knew how to make me the best volleyball player I
could be. Being at the right playing weight was one of the ways she sought to have us be our best.

People can trigger responses you never expect.

During the spring of my sophomore year, coach decided she would do body fat tests on the team. As a dietetics major, I
was pretty sure it would show my weight to be where it should be. I was hopeful it would bring an end to the regular
weight discussions and weekly weight checks that began when I arrived as a freshman.

Top female athletes have a body fat percentage of 15%-20%. My body fat percentage tested at 19% which confirmed
what I thought. I was at a good athletic weight. Coach saw a 4% opportunity for improvement. She had no idea that
disordered eating was being triggered within me. Perhaps if I had shared how I was feeling and what was going on
inside of me, she would have agreed that 19% body fat was right on target. But I didn’t share.

I graduated from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio and went on to complete my dietetic internship
and become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian. I worked in several area hospitals as a Clinical
Dietitian, specializing in end-stage organ disease and transplantation.

I did battle with disordered eating for several years into my career. By God’s grace, I connected with a wonderful ladies
small group. Through Bible study, I was able to see myself as God saw me and not as others told me I should be. I was
able to embrace mindful eating and exercise practices and leave the disordered behaviors behind.

Recovery changes everything!

Over the last 25 years I have provided discipleship and nutrition education in a variety of settings. I have authored
hundreds of educational articles and blogs. I have presented as part of a clinical team, at seminars, and at conferences
and expos.

God has allowed me to use my experiences, gifts, and talents to help others. Whether that has been through leading
discipleship classes to youth or by way of health promotion and risk reduction focused on transportation wellness and
disordered eating. I have also been blessed to help companies and non-profit organizations focus and develop program
strategies to bring about growth.

It was a surprise to be inducted into the Greenville Senior High School Athletic Hall of Fame. It was icing on the cake to
also been inducted into the Mount St. Joseph University Athletic Hall of Fame. I look forward to seeing how God uses
my journey and experiences to help other women find freedom from the bondage of disordered eating and/or exercise
so they can live their best life walking with him too!

Now that you’ve heard our stories, we would love to hear yours! Email us at: livingintruthministries@gmail.com or send
us a note through our contact page.

Ready to start your own journey to freedom?
Books by RaeLynn

The Truth Will Set You Free!

Hi! I’m Rae Lynn DeAngelis, founder and executive director of Living in Truth Ministries. My greatest passion is to encourage women through the promises of God—biblical truth.

Why?

The promises of God literally saved my life!

Although I grew up in the church and was blessed with a loving family, I still found myself struggling with low self-esteem and poor body-image, even at a young age. Negative thought patterns developed in my mind and sent me down a path of almost three decades of self-abuse.

I was convinced true love and acceptance hinged on my achievement of a certain standard of excellence with outward appearance.

In my pursuit of external perfection, I stumbled upon the concept of purging as a weight-management technique. I
realized I could ingest thousands of calories without gaining weight. This marked the beginning of my downward spiral
with an eating disorder.

Weeks turned into months and months turned into years. Before I knew it, twenty-five years clicked by. Never could I
have imagined the eating disorder would hold me captive so long.

I was in bondage to the number on the scale. If my weight was down, it was a good day. If my weight was up, it was a
horrible day. I just wanted to be loved no matter what the scale said.

I tried to break free, but my resolve never lasted long. “I will stop tomorrow,” I promised myself. But tomorrow
without bulimia never came.

No one knew the lie I was living, and I did everything I could to keep the secret. I resolved that my eating disorder was
something I would have to live with for the rest of my life.

Thankfully, that’s not the end of my story.

Long before I realized it, Jesus had set my feet on a path towards healing. He placed people and circumstances in my
life to draw me closer to Him. He showed me that my eating disorder was getting in the way of my relationship with
Him and others. It was time to come clean, time to deal with this monster called bulimia.

God showed me that my value and worth do not come from the numbers on a scale or the people around me. My true
value comes from the fact that I am a daughter of the King, and I am precious in His sight.

Today, my years of bondage are covered over by years of freedom. You can read about my complete story of recovery in
my first book, Nothing But Your Truth Will Help Me, God!

What happened next?

Immediately after God set me free, He began bringing beauty from my ashes. He provided speaking and writing
opportunities that allowed me to share what God had done in my life.

One of those opportunities led me to share my story on a Christian radio program. During the interview, I talked about
the importance of replacing worldly lies with God’s truth when trying to overcome strongholds in your life and
suggested that if anyone was trying to break free from disordered eating or poor body-image, they should get involved
in a Bible-based support group.

After the interview aired, people started calling into the radio station, wanting to know where they could find such a
group. To be honest, I had just assumed they were out there, but after much research, I realized there was nothing like
that in the area where I lived.

Knowing how important faith-based support was in my own recovery, I felt a burden on my heart and sensed God was
asking me to do something about it. After much prayer and seeking God’s will, I said yes. God did everything else.

In 2008, Living in Truth Ministries was born!

Today we are a non-profit organization that ministers to women of all ages. I have a passion and a dream, a dream that
women around the world would love themselves for who they are, discover their true identity, and pioneer a new
generation of women who are redefining beauty.

 

God Has the Best Plans!

Hi! I’m Tanya Jolliffe, Director of Strategic Growth and Development at Living in Truth Ministries. My greatest passion is to help people live their best life by taking small steps toward their goals.

Small steps with God

I grew up on a twelve-acre farm in Darke County, Ohio in a family of six, the second of four children and the only girl. Family and faith were important to my parents, and they demonstrated that by volunteering at our school, in the community, and in our church. They taught us to do the same.

I began competitive athletics around the age of ten, started working out in a weight room in Junior High, and continued in a year round training cycle for the next ten years of my life. I accepted Christ as a junior in High School. It was by his
hand that I attended college on a volleyball scholarship. Although it was a wonderful experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything, it wasn’t without scars.

My volleyball coach loved her team and only wanted the best for us. She also wanted the best from us. She believed I
had All-American potential. She coached me in the best way she knew how to make me the best volleyball player I
could be. Being at the right playing weight was one of the ways she sought to have us be our best. 

People can trigger responses you never expect.

During the spring of my sophomore year, coach decided she would do body fat tests on the team. As a dietetics major, I
was pretty sure it would show my weight to be where it should be. I was hopeful it would bring an end to the regular weight discussions and weekly weight checks that began when I arrived as a freshman.

Top female athletes have a body fat percentage of 15%-20%. My body fat percentage tested at 19% which confirmed
what I thought. I was at a good athletic weight. Coach saw a 4% opportunity for improvement. She had no idea that
disordered eating was being triggered within me. Perhaps if I had shared how I was feeling and what was going on
inside of me, she would have agreed that 19% body fat was right on target. But I didn’t share.

I graduated from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio and went on to complete my dietetic internship
and become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian. I worked in several area hospitals as a Clinical
Dietitian, specializing in end-stage organ disease and transplantation.

I did battle with disordered eating for several years into my career. By God’s grace, I connected with a wonderful ladies
small group. Through Bible study, I was able to see myself as God saw me and not as others told me I should be. I was
able to embrace mindful eating and exercise practices and leave the disordered behaviors behind.

Recovery changes everything!

Over the last 25 years I have provided discipleship and nutrition education in a variety of settings. I have authored
hundreds of educational articles and blogs. I have presented as part of a clinical team, at seminars, and at conferences
and expos.

God has allowed me to use my experiences, gifts, and talents to help others. Whether that has been through leading
discipleship classes to youth or by way of health promotion and risk reduction focused on transportation wellness and
disordered eating. I have also been blessed to help companies and non-profit organizations focus and develop program
strategies to bring about growth.

It was a surprise to be inducted into the Greenville Senior High School Athletic Hall of Fame. It was icing on the cake to also been inducted into the Mount St. Joseph University Athletic Hall of Fame. I look forward to seeing how God uses my journey and experiences to help other women find freedom from the bondage of disordered eating and/or exercise so they can live their best life walking with him too!

Now that you’ve heard our stories, we would love to hear yours! Email us at: livingintruthministries@gmail.com or send
us a note through our contact page.

Ready to start your own journey to freedom?
Books by RaeLynn