Journey to Heal: Seven Essential Steps of Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (Kregel, April 2016)
A path of hope and healing for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
A woman who was sexually abused as a child is confronted with many internal questions: Am I worthless? Will I get past the pain? Do I matter to God? These and similar questions can carve a deep hole in an already wounded soul. Too often, the lies of worthlessness are believed, the pain becomes too much to handle, and survivors find themselves making choices that lead to more heartbreak. With over 42 million survivors (both male and female) in the United States alone, the need for a clear path to healing is great.
Crystal Sutherland—herself a survivor of CSA—knows that while the recovery process is complex, healing is possible with Gods help. For women who want to progress from simply coping to living abundantly, Journey to Heal guides readers through seven essential steps to recovery found in Scripture. Candid and open about her personal journey of healing, Crystal comes alongside her reader as a friend who understands. Infused with biblical truths, stories of hope from other survivors, and practical wisdom, this book leads women to discover the life of wholeness God has for them.
My opinion: This book was so very, very hard to read. I am not a victim myself but I have known many people are and this gave me a rare glimpse into what they struggle with. The author shared her own very horrific and deeply personal experience with sexual abuse as a child and it was absolutely heart breaking, How she was able to find healing and strength from the Lord is an amazing testimony. This book addresses 7 steps to help those survivors find healing from their past. Filled with so much insight and wisdom this book is an excellent read for those who have suffered or know someone who has suffered. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.