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Saved from Silence: My Journey Back from a Childhood of Abuse

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Amanda and her family seemed to be the perfect family. But the secrets they hid beneath the surface were destroying Amanda's life. Though friends and relatives knew that her father-an upstanding citizen, a contributing member of society, and a religious family leader-was strict, they had no knowledge of the physical, mental, and emotional torture he inflicted upon Amanda and her brother, David. After four years of sexual abuse, Amanda felt like an empty shell of a human being, ...
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SAVED FROM SILENCE: My Journey Back from a Childhood of Abuse

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Overview

Amanda and her family seemed to be the perfect family. But the secrets they hid beneath the surface were destroying Amanda's life. Though friends and relatives knew that her father-an upstanding citizen, a contributing member of society, and a religious family leader-was strict, they had no knowledge of the physical, mental, and emotional torture he inflicted upon Amanda and her brother, David. After four years of sexual abuse, Amanda felt like an empty shell of a human being, incapable of any productive future.

In Saved from Silence, author Amanda Richardson explores the doubts, fears, and perplexities of the abuse that took place in her childhood. She especially yearned for validation from her mother, who steadfastly refused to acknowledge that the abuse had even occurred. Each confrontation with her mother was met with rejection, blame, and failure. After years of therapy, love, support, and prayer, Amanda has broken her silence, confronted her abuser, and made herself whole.

An honest and courageous memoir, Saved from Silence not only shares Amanda's personal, heart-wrenching story of abuse, but serves to impart a greater awareness and understanding of child abuse and its depth, severity, and long-term effects, for which early intervention is a key element to healing and recovery.

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Sometimes in this life we are privileged to witness the courage and resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity and even danger. Amanda Richardson's story is an example of these qualities. It is the story of a child determined to survive and a young adult willing to pursue all options to find healing. Ultimately, it is a story of redemption -- not for the abuser but for the abused. For abuse survivors and those who love them, this book offers help and hope, encouragement and understanding. --Diana Walla, MS Licensed Professional Counselor Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936236060
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 6/16/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 763,678
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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Amanda and her family displayed the essence of a perfect family. But the secrets contained within were destroying Amanda's life. Though friends and relatives knew that her father, an upstanding citizen, a contributing member of society, and a religious family leader, was strict, they had no knowledge of the physical, mental, and emotional torture he inflicted upon Amanda and her brother, David. After four years of sexual abuse, Amanda felt like an empty shell of a human being and incapable of any productive future.

In Saved from Silence, author Amanda Richardson explores the doubts, fears, and perplexities of the abuse that took place in her childhood. She especially yearned for validation from her mother, who refused to acknowledge that the abuse occurred. Each attempt was met with rejection, blame, and failure. Through years of therapy, love, support, and prayer from others, Amanda broke her silence, confronted her abuser, and made herself whole.

An honest, courageous, and self-disclosing narrative, Saved from Silence not only shares Amanda's personal, heart-wrenching story of abuse, but serves to impart a greater awareness and understanding of child abuse and its depth, severity, and long-term effects.
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