All That Fills Us: A Novel

Reviewed by:

Julie-Allyson Ieron, author/Bible teacher/worship minister


All That Fills Us: A Novel


Autumn Lytle




May 2022


Paperback or ebook


350 pp.


Refusing to check herself into rehab for an eating disorder and exercise addiction, the emaciated Mel Ellis cashes out her checking account and sets out on a hastily planned trek on foot from Michigan to Washington’s Mt. Rainier. For Mel it’s a last-ditch attempt to find God and find herself.

The story unfolds in Mel’s own words, as she stumbles and collapses and battles shadows of her past at every mile. Often we realize we’re overhearing stream-of-consciousness musings from a troubled mind. But she is such an engaging character that we’re gripped in just a few pages.

Mel’s author, Autumn Lytle, has battled anorexia and exercise addiction. And although she never trekked Mel’s route, her life journey can’t help but flow through her heroine and inform the book’s emotionally charged path toward wholeness.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Women who struggle with internal battles, and those who want to understand, empathize, and care for those who do.

Christian Impact:

A first-person account of a journey toward finding God, with the emphasis on the journey, instead of the discovery.

Other Notes:

Highly recommended with two caveats: the book was light on biblical content, and I felt it rushed in the climax, leaving me wishing for a more developed, believable resolution. Still Lytle offers a gripping read in the first-person voice of a character I won’t soon forget.

All That Fills Us

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