"Passionate and engaging." Library Journal
Breaking the Chains: A Practical Guide for Survivors of Abuseby Sue Atkinson
Sue Atkinson, author of the highly acclaimed Climbing out of Depression and Building Self-Esteem, turns her attention to the subject of sexual and emotional abuse. Writing from her own experience, she gets alongside survivors to offer hope and guidance. The book is divided into 5 sections: The start of it all; Deciding to heal; Understanding the chains; Working… See more details below
Sue Atkinson, author of the highly acclaimed Climbing out of Depression and Building Self-Esteem, turns her attention to the subject of sexual and emotional abuse. Writing from her own experience, she gets alongside survivors to offer hope and guidance. The book is divided into 5 sections: The start of it all; Deciding to heal; Understanding the chains; Working through the pain; and, Starting to heal. The book is written in practical style with concrete advice and excellent pointers. The text is broken up into short sections to make it easy to digest.
According to recent statistics, one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before age 16; the rates of physical abuse are even higher. This self-help manual aims to address those populations with useful facts, survivor anecdotes, and healing exercises centering on topics such as trauma, phobias, self-harm, anger, and boundaries. It also acts as a poignant narrative of Atkinson's (Climbing Out of Depression and Building Self-Esteem) struggle to recover from her own abuse. Her story effectively illustrates more universal themes. And although her firsthand knowledge of the subject is the book's greatest strength, it is also its greatest weakness, at times making for a patchwork quilt of abuse-related topics having little overall conceptual underpinning. Atkinson's polemics can also obscure the complexities of the psychological issues. She insightfully addresses current hot topics in abuse survivor treatment, e.g., repressed memories, but sometimes in overly narrow terms. For example, her decidedly Christian consideration of forgiveness might be of limited use to non-Christians. Nevertheless, her passionate and engaging book deserves a place in larger public libraries, next to Laura Davis's The Courage To Heal Workbook: A Guide for Women and Men Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse.
Joseph A. Lipari
- Lion Hudson
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Meet the Author
Sue Atkinson is the author of Climbing Out of Depression, a highly successful book which has proved invaluable to many sufferers because it is written from the point of view of a sufferer rather than an 'expert'. She is also the author of Building Self-Esteem. The wife of a CoE bishop, she has two grown up children.
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