Breaking the Chains of Abuse: A Practical Guide for Survivors

Breaking the Chains of Abuse: A Practical Guide for Survivors

by Sue Atkinson
     
 

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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 theSee more details below

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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.

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Library Journal

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745959078
Publisher:
Lion UK
Publication date:
10/01/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
1 MB

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