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Childhood's Thief: One Woman's Journey of Healing from Sexual Abuse
     

Childhood's Thief: One Woman's Journey of Healing from Sexual Abuse

by Rose Mary Evans
 

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Childhood's Thief is the story of two remarkable women: attractive, middle-aged JoAnn, gripped by severe depression, unable to remember any details of her childhood; and Rose Mary Evans, the therapist who treated her. With unflinching determination, JoAnn set out to recover her lost memories and heal herself, at first jotting down vague recollections, soon filling

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Childhood's Thief is the story of two remarkable women: attractive, middle-aged JoAnn, gripped by severe depression, unable to remember any details of her childhood; and Rose Mary Evans, the therapist who treated her. With unflinching determination, JoAnn set out to recover her lost memories and heal herself, at first jotting down vague recollections, soon filling notebook after notebook with richly detailed material.

With Evans's encouragement and guidance, JoAnn uncovered a childhood of poverty and abuse of every kind. Born to an unwed teenager in rural Georgia, she endured beatings, hunger, and constant verbal abuse, and was forced into prostitution by her grandfather before she even started first grade. But out of these terrible memories of her family emerged a surprising element of grace, as she began to recall the kindness of two neighbors, an elderly black couple she knew only as "Honey" and "the Man." For a brief time they were her surrogate parents, showing her the only affection she knew as a child, saving both her life and her sanity.

In Childhood's Thief, electrifying chapters taken directly from JoAnn's notebooks alternate with Rose Mary Evans's account of the progress of JoAnn's treatment, the range of therapeutic techniques she explored, and the profound effect this extraordinary patient had on her own life, both professionally and personally.

More than a fascinating case study, Childhood's Thief is a story of rare courage, demonstrating the resiliency of the human spirit and the transforming power of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553375466
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/1995
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.06(d)

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