Taking Back Our Lives: Reflections for Survivors of Childhood Abuse

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A despicable sin all too often covered up or denied, child abuse is perhaps the darkest secret of the human condition. Those who live through it must deal with the aftermath every day for the rest of their lives. With countless survivors of child abuse now coming forward, it is a crime finally receiving the attention it deserves. As one of the survivors of child abuse who are speaking up and reclaiming their lives, author Patti Sherlock offers a sensitive companion to those setting off on the healing journey in ...
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Overview

A despicable sin all too often covered up or denied, child abuse is perhaps the darkest secret of the human condition. Those who live through it must deal with the aftermath every day for the rest of their lives. With countless survivors of child abuse now coming forward, it is a crime finally receiving the attention it deserves. As one of the survivors of child abuse who are speaking up and reclaiming their lives, author Patti Sherlock offers a sensitive companion to those setting off on the healing journey in this timely volume of spiritual reflections. Taking Back Our Lives contains sixty short meditations on the issues facing adults who were abused -- mentally, physically, verbally or sexually -- as children. The author deals with each topic compassionately, insightfully, and with a sense of hope and encouragement. This courageous book will be helpful to survivors of child abuse and to those who seek to understand and support them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879462390
  • Publisher: ACTA Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Patti Sherlock
Patti Sherlock lives on a farm in Idaho. She walks her dogs in fields that are home to hawks, owls, ravens, coyotes, and a family of golden eagles.
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Table of Contents

Dedication 7
Introduction 11
Taking Back My Life 15
Getting It "Right" 17
Not Our Fault 19
Taking Unfamiliar Roads 21
Facing Yesterday's Reality Today 23
Feeling Cherished 25
Learning to Run, Despite 27
Exposing Wounds 29
Whose Voice Am I Listening To? 31
A Close Companionship with God 33
Becoming Real 35
Acknowledging the Scars 37
Holy Words, Unholy Purposes 39
Wearing New Coats 41
Hiding Our Past 43
False Memory Coverage 45
Favored Child, Unfavored Child 47
Pain Is Never Trivial 49
Loving Our Bodies 53
Patience with Progress 55
Shedding Old Skin 57
Being Adult 59
Giving Ourselves Approval 61
Two People at Once 63
Becoming Authentic 65
The Inevitability of Growth 67
Rolling with Mistakes 69
Saying Yes to Plenty 71
Correcting Body Images 73
Healthy Motives 75
Standing Tall 77
Cutting Ourselves Slack 79
Needing and Finding Validation 81
Writing Our Pain 85
Acceptance versus Resignation 87
Leaving Behind a Make-Believe World 89
Stating Our Feelings 91
Wobbly but Full of Promise 93
Respecting Our Own Needs 95
Healing for Ourselves and Others 97
Embracing Pain 99
A True Self-Picture 101
Casting a Worry Net 103
Choosing the Best 105
Reveling in the Goodness of Today 107
Messages from Nature 109
Respecting Children 111
Bonding by Belittling 113
Making Peace with Mystery 115
Staying Present 117
Becoming Stargazers 119
Joining the Battle for Truth 121
Attractive Scars 123
Honest Vulnerability 125
Live in Abundant Light 127
Golden Opportunities 129
Hope, Anyway 131
Unmasking Abuse 133
Standing for Truth 135
Interrupting the Cycle 139
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