Stolen Beauty: Healing the Scars of Child Abuse: One Woman's Journey

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An accomplished travel writer and mother of three, Madden offers one of the most heart-wrenching accounts of surviving child abuse ever written. When she was just six, her stepfather began abusing her sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally. Besides relating episodes of that abuse, Madden explains how she came to understand better her horrible experiences and let go of her anger (at her mother) and hatred (of her stepfather and herself). After her stepfather remarried, he was convicted of abusing the children of his next wife, and Madden's testimony at his trial is riveting. Her reflections on the healing process and her astounding capacity for forgiveness are a highlight of this hard-to-put-down tearjerker; her resounding faith in herself is a marvelous anthem for other victims of child abuse. Madden ends with solid recommendations toward making child abuse prevention everyone's business. With its insightful reminiscences, her work presents a more personal perspective than can be found in Annie G. Rogers's The Unsayable, and it will appeal to fans of Augusten Burroughs's Running with Scissors. Essential for all public libraries and academic libraries supporting the helping professions.
—Dale Farris

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  • ISBN-13: 9780929636740
  • Publisher: Syren Book Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    2 thumbs down

    I broke my main rule and gave this book up half way through. It isn't very good at all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2008

    Amazing Story but even more amazing is the Author !!!!

    Any Madden's story is truly inspiring!! She is such a strong person and her story really hits home to so many people today. It is a great read and I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone. Once you start reading, you will NEVER put it down!! :' LOVED your book Amy, and good luck with everything else!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2007

    Inspiring and Beautiful

    This was a wonderful book, a real tear-jerker, but it has a happy ending. Madden writes like a poet who inspires by showing an astounding capacity for forgiveness. This book is hard to put down and an inspiration for anyone who has gone through a difficult childhood and even for those who haven't, it will offer insight to the horrors of child abuse and the power of the human spirit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2007

    Amy Madden's, Stolen Beauty:

    Amy Madden¿s, Stolen Beauty is one of the best written, non fictionalized accounts of a modern woman¿s journey through the physical and psychological abuses of child molestation. Stolen Beauty traces the abuse cycle, family dynamics and conditions of abuse in a constructive way that cumulates in a positive and empowering perspective for those that have experienced such abuse or are seeking to better understand the abuse suffered by a friend or loved one. Stolen Beauty begins with a beautifully written letter to Amy¿s stepfather, who was brought to justice many years after the last known abuse of Amy and her siblings, and embodies a profound want for the healing of all parties. She then shares her personal experience and the outlook that has allowed her to become a successful mother of three who harbors no ill will toward her abuser. Instead, Amy shares her sincere pathway to forgiveness and wholeness. Stolen Beauty is a must read for those seeking to understand child abuse while exploring a positive, meaningful approach toward healing.

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