Sophie was a good Christian teenager, the dearly loved daughter of decent, hard-working parents. One night she came back from babysitting and, almost without thinking, hit her leg with a coat hanger. Then she tried whipping herself with a belt. The following day she scratched her arm repeatedly with the point of a compass. This violence against her own body filled her with a warm sense of well-being, a release of tension. So began Sophie's eight-year struggle to conceal what was happening from her parents and friends, and to find healing. Slowly, she learned to identify the triggers and to realize that Jesus does not reject the self-harmer. Today, Sophie works with teenagers and continues to gain insight into how this all-too-common problem can be tackled.
This moving personal account of an eight-year struggle with self-harm provides insights into motivation and paths toward recovery.
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