Wounded by Words: Healing the Invisible Scars of Emotional AbuseWounded by Words: Healing the Invisible Scars of Emotional Abuse
Susan Titus Osborn, Karen L. Kosman, Jeenie Gordon
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Caustic words can cut through the heart like a knife, leaving lasting emotional scars. But there is hope! Drawing on scriptural examples of emotional abuse, as well as their personal experiences, Osborn, Kosman, and Gordon offer insights on how to combat this invisible destroyer and work toward healing and wholeness in Christ. Paperback.
     

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Interview with Susan Titus Osborn:

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I, Susan Titus Osborn, live in Fullerton, CA with my husband, Dick. We have four sons, one daughter, and 12 grandkids. I have authored 29 books and numerous articles. I am the director of the Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service, which includes a staff of 18 critiquers. I am a member of the Christian Leaders and Speakers Services (CLASS) staff and am a CLASS speaker.
How did you become interested in writing?
I started writing stories for my Sunday school class in 1978 and eventually started publishing them in church school take-home papers. After I went to a writerís conference, my first book was published in 1986, Parables for Young Teens, Standard Publishing.
What compelled you to write a book on this subject?
I was verbally abused by my mother. Later I married a man who continued the cycle of emotional abuse in my life. Gradually through Scripture, counseling, and Godís love, healing began in my life. Today, I am remarried to a supportive, Christian husband, and the cycle of abuse has been broken. My desire is to help other women overcome the emotional pain caused by verbal abuse.
What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book?
Wounded by Words contains twelve chapters filled with personal stories of people who have experienced verbal abuse. The issues these people have learned to deal with will provide hope and wholeness for those who are in the process of finding answers. We will transition from one story to the next with inspirational thoughts, biblical truths, and practical advice for the reader.
Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?
We want the readers to realize they are not alone, and in most cases, they are not to blame for the verbal abuse they suffer. Unlike physical abuse that leaves bruises and other visible wounds, the results of angry, thoughtless words are invisible, but nevertheless, the scars are there. The readers can overcome these scars and find healing through Christ.

Do you have a favorite part of the book or a favorite chapter?

Chapter 9: Believing in Myself is my favorite chapter. We need to lay down a new foundation with the cornerstone being Jesus Christ. Through studying His Word, prayer, and counseling by others, our distorted image of ourselves begins to change. We begin to erase the old, destructive memories in our mind. Gradually our hope and faith are renewed. We come to the realization that we do not deserve to be put down with demeaning, caustic words.
What makes your book different than any other books similar to yours that are in circulation today?
Our book includes stories written by many different women who have suffered from verbal abuse. Also, all three of the authors have experienced verbal abuse, have overcome the results of it through Christ, and are now in a position to help others. Jeenie is a marriage and family therapist, so she can add psychological helps for the reader.
How does the book intertwine with Godís call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?
I believe God has called me to provide hope and encouragement to other women. Because of the trials I have overcome in my life, I think I can help others to find answers and break the vicious cycle of verbal abuse.
Do you have a favorite Scripture verse? What is it and why is it important to you?
Jeremiah 29:11. I know God has a special plan for my life, and that gives me hope for the future.
Are there any authors that either influenced you personally or influenced your style of writing? Who are they and how did they influence you?
Chuck Swindoll was my pastor for many years. He encouraged me to include comments and quotes from others in my writing. I love Max Lucadoís style of storytelling, and I try to make my books story-driven. People love to read stories about others.
When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
I like to travelóboth domestically and internationally. I also like to camp at the beach in my fifth-wheel trailer with my husband and often an assortment of grandkids. I also read a lot.
Thank you for taking the time to answer a few of our questions. As we close, is there anything else you would like to add?
I believe that God uses me and my writing to help and encourage others. That is my greatest reward.

 

Interview with Karen Kosman:

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I am a wife, mother and grandmother. For many years in the medical profession I enjoyed helping people. Today, as an author and inspirational speaker I love to tell people how God turned my pain into a sweet potpourri.
How did you become interested in writing?
Through a series of events that changed the direction of my life. Starting with an illness that ended a career, and a prayer that opened the door to writing for Him.
What compelled you to write a book on this subject?
As a survivor of verbal abuse I knew I could write with conviction and understanding. I wanted others to understand that demeaning words do not define who they are.
What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book?
Christ offers hope and healing from the invisible scars of verbal abuse.
Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?

I would say, there are three lessons I want readers to know. I want them to:

1. know all people are precious to God.
2. acknowledge they do not deserve to be abused
3. believe God is able to deliver them from abuse.

Do you have a favorite part of the book or a favorite chapter?

Every chapter in Wounded by Words shares stories from Scripture. These true stories demonstrate how God helped people like Job, Leah, and David deal with verbal abuse. Through their experiences God shows us how love, hope, faith, and prayer were used to overcome abuse.
What makes your book different than any other books similar to yours that are in circulation today?
The expertise of Jennie Gordon, as a marriage and family therapist, adds depth to Wounded by Words. Jennie, Susan, and I have overcome verbal abuse through Christ. This truth has created a powerful team effort—our ultimate goal to help other women. The true inspirational stories, written by many women and woven together with biblical truth will help readers to hope again.
How does the book intertwine with God’s call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?
It enables me to impart God’s comfort and joy. I serve Him by writing and speaking about God's enabling power to change lives.
Do you have a favorite Scripture verse? What is it and why is it important to you?
It is the verse God brought to me when He called me to write.
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God" (2 Corinthians 1: 3-4).
Are there any authors that either influenced you personally or influenced your style of writing? Who are they and how did they influence you?
Yes. Cynthia Rowland McClure, author of The Monster Within. She was the mentor that God sent to me in direct response to my prayer, "Oh, Lord, if the message on my heart to write is from you, please send me a mentor." Cynthiaís ability to reach out to hurting people touched my heart.
When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
I love to spend time with my grandchildren. I also like photography, embroidery, decorating my house, and cooking. Being able to teach my grandchildren some of these skills creates special memories.

 

Interview with Jeenie Gordon:

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I have two Masters degrees and was a high school counselor for 20 years, counseling over 8,000 teens/parents. Concurrently had a small private practice as a Marriage & Family therapist. Began writing books and speaking nationally. I left the school system and have concentrated on my private practice, writing, speaking and directing the counseling clinic.
How did you become interested in writing?
After my husband left the marriage for another woman, I went through a painful divorce. Several years later, decided to write the book, Thereís Hope After Divorce (published by Revell).
What compelled you to write a book on this subject?
Susan Titus Osborn, a long time friend, approached me to co-write the book weaving the stories together psychologically. This is a subject with which I deal daily in therapy with patients.
What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book?
Everyone has been wounded by words, however, there is healing and emotional health available once the healing process is complete.
Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?
Healing is possible with Godís help and our willingness to travel the pathway of growth by making changes.

Do you have a favorite part of the book or a favorite chapter?

Each chapter has its own identity and guidance for healing.
What makes your book different than any other books similar to yours that are in circulation today?
Wounded by Words is a compilation of true stories of pain and struggle, woven together with laymenís psychology and Godís word.
How does the book intertwine with God’s call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?
I feel Godís calling is for me to continue to help those who need emotional and spiritual health and growth.
Do you have a favorite Scripture verse? What is it and why is it important to you?
Weekly I memorize portions of scriptures, as well as continually review. Often what I am memorizing happens to be a favorite at the time, as it speaks to my needs.
Are there any authors that either influenced you personally or influenced your style of writing? Who are they and how did they influence you?
In my early years, Dale Rogers Evans was a favorite. I usually read one book weekly and there are many authors I admire.
When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
Love having parties in my home. Read, garden, play piano, cook/bake, spend time with daughter and grandchildren.
Posted 02/27/2008