• Praise for the Book

    “She is brilliant. . . . I have witnessed, in awe, her leading work more powerful than can be described. She helps birth breakthroughs and miracles that change and save lives. . . . I suspect that upon reading this book, you, too, will be grateful that you have been introduced to her, and the promise of recovery that inheres in her life story. If it can happen to her . . . it can happen to you. I am living proof of that!”

    — Ashley Judd, from the foreword


    “Anyone lucky enough to know Tennie McCarty knows she is an inspiration—she proves you can reclaim your life and collect serenity, even in the midst of the most challenging spots. For folks who will never get the chance to have Tennie one-on-one, she has channeled all of her wisdom into this delicious book, Shades of Hope. Just as Tennie does whenever she meets someone, this book will touch on you and change your life. Whether struggling with stuff like food, relationships, shopping, or bottom-basement self-esteem, Tennie shows you how to interrupt the blame, shame and guilt to find your inner good-good self, whatever that may be. The only question now is: Are you ready for her? I hope so. Here’s to that hope . . . in every shade you find it!”

    — Brad Lamm, Addiction Specialist


    “As I read Shades of Hope I felt as though Tennie was sitting across from me sharing her wisdom. Tennie has given a miraculous gift to us all, she has brought Shades of Hope to us. It is my prayer and my wish that everyone out there dealing with obesity, eating disorders, any kind of addiction will open this book and begin their healing. Shades of Hope will open your eyes and you will start living. Start turning the pages and begin the life you were suppose to live!”

    — Ruby Gettinger, star of The Style Network’s Emmy-Nominated hit reality TV Show Ruby, and producer; author of Reflections on All I’ve Lost and Gained


    “Tennie’s book provides a way out for those who live the hell of having food as their master.  There have been thousands of books written on the subject, which tells us that no one has gotten it right yet. It seems Tennie has. Her model represents a practical, ‘no-nonsense,’ loving, and, very importantly, experiential approach. If one has the money, an inpatient treatment experience at Shades of Hope presents an extraordinary opportunity.  For those who could never afford to attend her program, this book gives the reader everything they would need to be successful.”

    — Ted Klontz, Ph.D.


    “I identified with so many thing Tennie was saying that I felt a veil was lifted from my eyes awakening me to the fact that I am a food addict.  I quickly began reading Tennie’s book, Shades of Hope: A Program to Stop Dieting and Start Living, and now I feel I am better equipped to recognize and deal with my issues with food. While my waltz with food is in the middle of its long dance through life, I feel like I am now in the leading role and the food is following my lead. The book has given me so many tools and so much understanding, making me more confident in my daily encounters with my addiction.”

    Danny Cahill, winner of The Biggest Loser


    “Tennie McCarty knows what it’s like to suffer from the food addiction that forces so many to struggle in silence. Over the years, I have watched her transform from one of the worst cases I have ever met to a leader in her field. This book beautifully shows how she did that and how anyone can follow in her footsteps, finally living a healthy life, free of fear and disordered eating.”

    — Judi Hollis, Ph.D.