The Courage to Heal

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The decision to heal from child sexual abuse is a powerful, life-affirming choice.

This recording is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and encouragement to every woman who was sexually abuse as a child -- and to those who care about her.

Ellen Bass, who has been working with survivors of child sexual abuse for over a decade, and Laura Davis, herself a survivor of child sexual abuse, weave personal experience, professional ...

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Overview

The decision to heal from child sexual abuse is a powerful, life-affirming choice.

This recording is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and encouragement to every woman who was sexually abuse as a child -- and to those who care about her.

Ellen Bass, who has been working with survivors of child sexual abuse for over a decade, and Laura Davis, herself a survivor of child sexual abuse, weave personal experience, professional knowledge, and moving stories and reflections from other survivors, to tell the survivors how she can come to terms with her past while moving powerful into the future.

The Courage To Heal is a sustaining, life-saving recording.

Includes:
Authors' Introduction (created especially for this recording)

The Healing Process
The Decision to Heal; Remembering; Believing It Happened; Breaking Silence; Understanding That It Wasn't Your Fault; The Child Within; Anger -- The Backbone of Healing; Forgiveness?; Resolution and Moving On.

An inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and encouragement to every woman who was sexually abused as a child.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2000003959013
  • Manufacturer: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Ellen Bass

A workshop facilitator for survivors, their partners, and counselors, Ellen Bass is co-editor of I Never Told Anyone and the author of several volumes of poetry. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2008

    Save your life, do NOT buy this book!

    These authors have no credentials to support their writing. Recovered Memory Therapy can destroy your family and your life---you do not get better and move on with your life, you end up with endless therapy, hospitalizations, medication, huge therapy bills and no hope. Find instead a mainstream therapist if you were abused and RUN don't walk from anyone who says they thing you have symptoms of 'repressed memories'. People of abuse have real memories and don't need hypnosis or guided imagery to remember.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2007

    A reviewer

    READ THIS BOOK! I read this book years ago to learn more about the woman I was dating. She had been sexually abused by her father as a child. I was trying to get a better understanding of who she is. At the time, I had supressed my own memories of sexual abuse. Years later I did recover my memories of my sexual abuse by my cousin. I was able to pull all the information I had learned about abuse from this and other books I had read and I believe my healing started from the very first day I remembered. I have been able to reconcile with my abuser and we have a healthy relationship today. I found out today my own sister was abused as a child also. This is the first book I suggested to her to read. She is feeling all the same things I felt only she is more confused about them than I. I really hope her and the rest of you out there read this book and start on the path to healing. I have never sexually abused someone and I never will thanks to this book and the Bible. I pray for all of you out there going through what so many of us have. Please read this book, it will change your life for the better.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2005

    This book can destroy families and marriage

    This book destroyed our marriage. My wife suffering from depression was given this book by her psycologist who then with hypnotism recovered her repressed memories from the age of 2 years. All of which were proven false, but not until the damage was done. She went out and accused her whole community of sexual assault. It has done untold damage to her and her family. Her psycologist then just bowed out of the picture.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2003

    Reader Beware

    The content of this book is alarmingly inaccurate. Memories that a reader was previously unaware of simply cannot be 'recovered' decades later with any accuracy. External verification of any 'recovered' memories is essential. I did not like how the authors promote cutting off one's family! The text is offensively misandric. The therapy endorsed by this book is dangerous in that vulnerable women can create completely inaccurate memories. I do not recommend this book whatsoever.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2000

    Really Bad Book

    Many people have read this book and then falsely accused a family member of sexual assault which never occurred. This book encourages women to 'remember' things from 20 or 30 years ago which never actually occurred. Many families have been severely damaged because of this irreponsible book. The book does not require proof that these things happened, only that the person has a 'feeling' it happened. The list of 'symptoms' which 'prove' past sexual assault include things such as eating too much or too little, trusting too much or too little, drinking too much or not at all, having headaches, back aches, dental problems, or 'feeling uncomfortable' when incest is discussed. People should talk to a doctor, priest, and their families instead of reading this political diatribe.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2000

    Very helpful

    This book is written in a caring and nurturing way to ease the topic about sexual abuse. It gave me insight into my experience as well as wonderful encouragement and soltuions. If you are a victim of child sexual abuse, you owe it to yourself to read this book. It is an important resource to have and has helped me tremendously in my healing process.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2010

    TOXIC BOOK

    This is one of the most dangerous and revolting books I've ever read. I "recovered" memories after reading this book, which was submitted to my by 3 therapists as a must read. Baloney! I never forgot the sexual abuse when I was a child by my cousin, but I was led to believe that my father molested me as well after reading this book and through "therapy" (and I use that term loosely). I agree with another poster: RUN, don't walk, away from this book and any counselor, therapist or psychiatrist who recommends this book to you. My life was ruined for 3 years because of the hacks who wrote this book, and the hack counselors who "help recover hidden memories." I don't believe in book burning, but in my opinion, this particular book would do more for society if they were all burned. This book is pure BS.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2008

    This is a very helpful book

    I first started reading this book nine years ago, when I was in the Emergency Phase of my recovery, and it helped me realize that I was not crazy. It also let me know that I was not alone. There were other women out there, just like me, going through the same process that I was. That comforted me a great deal.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2005

    This Book Is Extremely Helpful In My Experience

    My pastor bought me this book when I was talking to her about some of my own experiences. I have found that this book has helped me to see that I am not alone in this problem, and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I even struggled through some of the writing exercises within the book, but it just made me even stronger. If you have a good therapist, as well as this book, you are starting down the road to heal. You are not alone in this battle. You will make it through!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2005

    Incredibly Helpful

    This book is absolutely incredible. I have seen every pyschologist possible since coming out with being molested 11 years ago and my newest one gave me a copy of this book. What this book has helped me to achieve since having it, I can't even put a price on. This is a must have if you or someone you know has ever been the victim of sexual abuse.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2004

    Life Altering

    This book has changed my life and has help me over come so many problems I didn't even know existed. Amust read for someone needing to heal!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

    THIS BOOK SAVED MY SANITY

    I USED THIS BOOK ALONG WITH MY THERAPIST AND IT TRULY PUT MY LIFE ON THE RIGHT TRACK. IT HELPED ME TO RELEASE THE PAIN AND ANGER AND TAUGHT ME TO VALUE MYSELF AND HONOR THE TRUTH...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2002

    Life is worth living, not just enduring. Overcome !!!

    This book was recommended by my therapist. I was amazed at how much I could relate to the stories and other things in this book. It really validated my feelings. I gained much stregnth and did have the courage to heal. It was very intense, finding out daily who I was as a person, no longer defining myself by others. I now know who I am and what I want out of life. The most awesome book I have ever read, Thank you for writing this. You along with God has saved my life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2001

    The *best* book--you need this for your recovery!

    This is a fabulous book, and has something in it for every survivor and survivor's supporter. This book is all about supporting women in their recoveries. Many, many women are sexually assaulted and/or abused. The U.S. govt. says that 25% of girls under 18 are sexually assaulted in this country (see the FBI crime statistics home page). And those are the reported numbers--we all know how often this kind of thing goes un-reported. <BR><br> I notice that one reviewer said that this book ruined his family, but I have to say that this book (along with a supportive therapist) have SAVED my family, and indeed, has contributed greatly toward saving my life. I give this book my HIGHEST recommendation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2001

    This Book Literally Saved My Life

    This Book has given me the courage to accept the notions I've had all my life, that I was sexually abused as a child. Now, after 47 years, I can start to heal. I look forward to the day that I can see life through clear eyes, reality, and peace.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2001

    Much Heralded Book Disappointing

    I bought this book with much eagerness to rush home and read it. I was dismayed to find the graphic details, and hate poured out by some of the victims with the authors actually stating that forgiveness toward abuser is not necessary for successful healing. Some of the stories are graphic and chilling. The author, herself, does gives a touching story relating to herself and also how her lesbian lover is helping her to recover from the abuse. The saving part of the book to me is the ability to relate to others who have gone through the abuse. You can recognize the the same feelings and emotions, and recognize that there is healing out there after a long and painful road. (The courage to heal workbook is more practical, if your the kind of person to work things out through doing and thinking.)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2001

    For help and support this is it.

    I love this book! I can't express how this book has helped me relate in this world. Through reading about other's journeys and healing I know I am not alone. With that, I've been given helpful tools for my journey. These women's voices were helpful in finding my own voice. This book is for anyone who even has an inkling that they've been sexually abused as a child. For all it a tool to progress from victim to survivor.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2000

    Encouraging and Validating

    The identification with so many of the stories and feelings expressed helped to validate the overwhelming feelings I couldn't understand at the beginning of my healing proces. This book has helped me to attack so many of the issues that accompany childhood sexual abuse!!! I cannot thank the authors enough for providing survivors with this comprehensive tool! Their down-to-earth approach (without pscho-babble) has been so useful that I recommend anyone who has had any kind of abuse growing up to utilize this along their own healing journey. I use the information to remind me that healing is possible and that I can change negative perspectives into positive actions. I cannot say enough about how helpful and inspiring this book has been. The best self-help book I've seen and read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000

    Extremly Helpful

    If you were a victim of child sexual abuse then you must read this book. It has helped me understand so much more about myself. And now that my fiance has read it he is much more understanding, and is willing to bend over backwards to support me in my healing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2000

    My Life began to change when I had the courage to heal...

    The Courage to Heal is my bible. I keep it close to my heart and always near by. I found inspiration and comfort. I struggled to get through the pages, this was not an easy task! I recover still today and am so grateful for the strength of sharing of all the survivors who did have the courage to heal!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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