Survivors of sexual trauma can be female or male and come from every ethnicity, family structure, and socioeconomic group. Whether or not you are a survivor, it is very likely you know someone who is.
The personal stories of Lisa Mladinich, Courtney Hempstead, Denise Bossert, Patty Espinosa Capetillo, Marguerite Ogden, Jeannette Meyer, and Deacon Marty Meyer in Hear My Story: Walking with Survivors of Sexual Trauma offer hope that healing is possible — and are invaluable aids for helping others find healing. Each writer shares her or his own journey from the edge of the cliff, through the valley, and into the Lord’s arms. Therapist sidebars and additional materials written by Cherie Spellman, LMFT, are included.
This book is meant not just for survivors of sexual assault but for those who know and love them. Sometimes the people we count on to help us deal with trauma are stuck in their own reality, unwilling or unable to acknowledge that darkness and evil have happened to someone they love — and possibly at the hands of someone they know.
A true companion on the journey to healing must listen to each story with empathy, believe that it really happened, grieve with the brokenhearted, and commit to participating in the journey to inner healing. This book is not only for the quarter of our society that has been wounded but for anyone who is called to accompany the wounded toward healing.
Let the voices in this book become a beacon of hope.
In Glimmers of Grace: Moments of Peace and Healing Following Sexual Abuse, Faith shares what she has learned about the gifts God wants to give victims throughout their journey of healing. Practical, personal, and versatile, Glimmers of Grace accompanies readers step by step from acceptance to true freedom.
“An unflinching examination of the Church’s brokenness … along with practical advice and the promise of hope for the challenging path forward.”—Cardinal Timothy Dolan
In a very practical way, Fr. Dwight Longenecker invites you to consider how each of the events in the lives of Jesus and Mary, represented by the mysteries of the Rosary, corresponds to an event or stage in your own life. Through stories, reflections, and prayerful meditations, you will uncover areas where you may need Christ’s healing touch, and learn how to take them to him in prayer through Our Lady.
The question "Who am I?" is on the minds and hearts of people of all ages. And for good reason: The answer is important! Who we are - or who we think we are - drives our actions and shapes our relationships. Only when we understand who Christ really is can he show us who we are. Our identity in Christ opens us to the promises he has made us and leads us to the freedom to be who we were created to be.