Not Quite Healed: 40 Truths for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
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But it does happen.
As fellow pilgrims on the road to healing, Cecil and Gary know your thoughts, issues, concerns, and pain. They'll walk beside you and point out 40 self-affirming trust that will carry you through the process of real healing.
While others may love and care for you, the authors can empathize with you, encourage you, explain your pain, relate to you, and guide you toward the healing you need and so desperately crave. They know about the struggle to rely on God, living behind a mask, dealing with flashbacks, or wrestling with the need for forgiveness. Like you, they're not quite totally healed, but they know what still lies ahead-and they're willing and anxious to offer you their map.
It's likely that you've not met friends like these yet. Now is the time.
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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So how are survivors to overcome the challenges they are sure to face? Finding strength in community with other survivors is one key to recovery. In "Not Quite Healed," two survivors join forces to share insight and encouragement on the issues that challenge them most. After a candid discussion about each issue, the authors provide a self-affirming statement that men can study, memorize, and recite on their darkest days-statements such as:
-Forgiveness is a difficult task for me, but it's a simple thing for God.
-Accountability is the first step to livability.
-God wants to heal my pain to bring healing to others.
Whether men are struggling with relying on God, living behind a mask, dealing with flashbacks and recurring dreams, or learning to forgive, Cecil Murphey and Gary Roe offer hope and comfort for the ongoing journey of recovery from sexual abuse.
Gary Roe has been in full-time ministry for more than thirty years, serving as a college minister, a missionary in Japan, and a pastor in Texas and Washington. He currently works as a chaplain and interim pastor in central Texas. He writes a weekly newspaper column and is coauthor (also with Cecil Murphey) of Saying Goodbye: Facing the Loss of a Loved One. He has three adopted daughters from Colombia who are also abuse survivors.
Mark5 Stars Out Of 5a very helpful and compassionate bookMay 28, 2013MarkQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5First a "disclaimer": I have never been sexually molested. I reviewed this book solely for the purpose to help with the publicity to get the word out about it.
The book was written by two men who were sexually abused as children by adults. They don't give much details about the abuse, but focus more on the effect it has had on them, and still has on them. Though I could not relate, I felt they approached it in a very compassionate and informative way. They offer no quick fixes, and in fact say it is a long and painful process.
The book is sad. They reference their own experiences and the experiences of others they have talked with and dealt with. We all know it happens, but to read about real people who went through it is an eye opener that isn't pleasant.
Something I walked away with is the fact that kids that are, or feel unloved are targets of predators. The lonely kid that is starving for attention. It can happen to any kid, but those are the kids that are ripe for the picking for predators. Parents need to keep their kids close and supervised, and be very careful who they let them around. Sadly in today's world, very young kids need warned about the dangers of sexual predators, as they are often close friends or family members. You can't keep your kids in a plastic bubble, but you can guard them better.
The authors do offer a lot of helpful and Biblical advice for victims of sexual abuse. If you are a victim, or know someone that is, this would be an excellent and helpful book.
Christianfictionaddiction4 Stars Out Of 5An honest, encouraging resourceMay 27, 2013ChristianfictionaddictionQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Cecil Murphey and Gary Roe, two survivors of childhood sexual abuse, offer up an utterly honest and encouraging resource for males who have suffered abuse as children. The authors not only share their story, but the stories of dozens of others who have struggled with the after-effects of experiencing abuse. Alongside those stories, the authors examine the struggles and challenges survivors commonly face, such as questioning their sexual identity, dealing with the plague of pornography, or working to replace the complete lies they've believed.
Not Quite Healed is a wonderfully encouraging book, one that takes an honest look at the reality of being a sexual abuse survivor, and yet offers hope that change is possible and victory is attainable through the power of Jesus. Over and over while reading the book, I thought of how amazing these authors are to bare their hearts so fully, and in so doing allow readers to identify with their experiences and their struggles and know that they are normal and that they are going to be okay. Although I did not experience sexual abuse myself, I know others who have, and the stories and guidance that make up this book certainly ring true. I also found the list at the back of the book to be very helpful, a list of the truths and promises of who men are in Christ. The book is easy to read and very practical, and I am certain that countless men will find comfort and guidance in this book as they work to bring the darkness of their past out into the light of God's grace and forgiveness.
I strongly recommend this book and award it 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Kregel, for the purposes of this unbiased review.