Monday, June 13, 2016

Journey to Heal & Naming Our Abuse


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 God’s 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 Thoughts:
This book was such a personal journey that is powerful. I found that this book would be healing to anyone who has suffered such horrible abuse as Crystal utilizes scripture to take people from a place of shame and brokenness to help them discover that God loves them. She is practical, but insightful and knows the journey as she has gone through childhood sexual abuse. I appreciate her willingness to be vulnerable and share with others. I give this book 4 stars. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy for review. I was not compensated for a positive review. 
Crystal Sutherland


Crystal M. Sutherland is a writer, speaker, ministry leader, and mentor for survivors of sexual abuse. She has fifteen years of experience in ministry, including women’s ministry, youth ministry, worship, and Bible teaching. She has also written and led a women’s Bible study for female survivors of sexual abuse. Her work can also be seen on her active blog.
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Naming Our Abuse: God’s Pathways to Healing for Male Sexual Abuse Survivors(Kregel, April 2016)
A stunningly vulnerable look at the horrific realities of sexual abuse and how to overcome them.
Male sexual abuse is increasingly in the news, from scandals in the Catholic Church to exploitations at Penn State. Yet books and programs about healing are still overwhelmingly oriented toward the female survivor of abuse. As men who experienced childhood abuse, the authors of this book are uniquely qualified to address the healing process of male survivors.
Using the metaphor of a car accident, Naming Our Abuse leads the survivor from the Wreck to the Accident Report to Rehabilitation to Driving Again. This four-step model illustrates that healing is a process to be nurtured rather than something that can be healed in a single telling. Following the authors’ examples, readers are invited to find solidarity with other male survivors and develop an understanding of their own wounding through journaling exercises.
My Thoughts:
This book was very interesting and completely vulnerable as we get three stories of sexual abuse from David, Andrew and Daniel. It was told from a male perspective, which we are not hearing a lot from the male population and I was glad to hear them step forward. As a social worker, this book made me sad for the world our children are growing up and it also made me sad for our churches. Through my own grief in reading these books, I was able to find that these men are so courageous and their story is one of healing that I think can be helpful to anyone; male or female. I was in tears. This book is 5/5 stars for me. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy for review. I was not compensated for a positive review. 


Schmutzer, Gorski & CarlsonAndrew Schmutzer is a professor of biblical studies at Moody Bible Institute (Chicago) and a graduate of Dallas Seminary (ThM) and Trinity (PhD). He writes about integrative issues surrounding abuse, trauma, lament, and spiritual formation and speaks regularly on issues of sexual abuse. **||** Daniel Gorski is a thirty-year veteran software engineer, having worked for AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent, and Nokia. He earned a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois and an MS in Computer Science from Kansas State University, specializing in expert systems and software automation. **||** David Carlson is a special education teacher, working in the suburbs of Chicago for the majority of his adult life. He takes great pride in being an advocate for his students and their families, helping them to navigate whatever challenges life may present. He is committed to encouraging and supporting male survivors through the various stages of their healing.
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Andrew J. Schmutzer said...

Dear "Storm Runner" ~

Thanks for taking the time to review Naming Our Abuse. As a social worker, you must see many layers of complexity (and trauma) going on in such reads. So thanks for lending your strength to those who have very little.

Kind Regards,

Sarah said...

It was a pleasure to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity.