Lessons in Evil, Lessons from the Light: A True Story of Satanic Abuse and Spiritual Healing

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Barbara Maddox arrived at psychologist Gail Feldman's office complaining of two problems: sexual dysfunction with her husband and unwarranted anger at her daughter, Michelle. Dr. Feldman took her case, not knowing what affect it would have on her life as well as her patient's; soon, through hypnosis, Barbara was able to recall that she had been systematically tortured and abused for more than a decade by, among others, her mother and grandparents, all of them members of a satanic cult. And the memories plunged ...
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Barbara Maddox arrived at psychologist Gail Feldman's office complaining of two problems: sexual dysfunction with her husband and unwarranted anger at her daughter, Michelle. Dr. Feldman took her case, not knowing what affect it would have on her life as well as her patient's; soon, through hypnosis, Barbara was able to recall that she had been systematically tortured and abused for more than a decade by, among others, her mother and grandparents, all of them members of a satanic cult. And the memories plunged both patient and doctor into an abyss. Barbara had protected herself from the memories by denying and forgetting them. During the years with the cult, she was able to escape into "the light," and in effect watch her other self until it was safe to return. One of the great themes in this vital book is how the human brain defends the body, how the soul can survive when the body suffers. The book will shock you; the transcripts of the therapy sessions are strong - very strong - stuff. But as a document about the depths of human evil and the transcendental power of the mind to heal itself, Lessons in Evil, Lessons from the Light is unparalleled. For Barbara triumphed. She lives in an enduring relationship with her husband and two children. And Dr. Feldman, her own marriage shaken by the revelations of her patient, also triumphed. This book itself is testimony to that. There are some who do not believe in the existence of satanic cults, yet evidence for them goes back as far as the Middle Ages. The editor's note puts it this way: "We feel that to deny the existence of such cults is to deny both a social and human truth, and that in Barbara's case by accepting the reality of the worst, we can also see proof of the best." Once read, you will never forget Lessons in Evil, Lessons from the Light.
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The clinical process by which a therapist, whose clients were primarily sexual abuse survivors, entered into a clinical relationship with a victim of satanic abuse unfolds in chilling detail in this account of the healing process. The victim, Barbara, a young professional African American with suicidal tendencies, began a series of hypnosis treatments under the guidance of Feldman, a New Mexico psychologist. Shocking revelations--scenes of sexual abasement, incest, infanticide--surfaced, all part of the young girl's training to become a satanic ``princess'' in a family blood cult evoked through hypnotic childhood regression. As Barbara's cruel saga develops, it impinges on the therapist's personal and professional life as well, propelling Feldman on an interdisciplinary quest through religion, anthropology and criminal law for corroboration, and mitigation of her doubts about the existence of satanism. A harrowing tale of evil, and the story of a breakthrough accomplished with nontraditional counseling, this book allows the general reader to glimpse evil. (July)
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Psychologist and hypnotherapist Feldman records, in heart-wrenching detail, the story of Barbara, a young woman who as a child was the victim of ritual satanic abuse at the hands of a sect led by her own grandfather. While Barbara's recollections are shocking and sometimes almost unbelievable, her story is that of a survivor, and she offers hope of recovery for other victims. The book's foreword gives a brief history of satanic practice, and the extensive bibliography serves as a thorough reading list. This book is one of the first studies providing deep insight into a horrifying segment of contemporary society. Recommended for academic and large public libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/93.-- Barbara L. Flynn, Park Forest P.L., Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517588772
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/15/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 306

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