The Third Floor Window: A True Story of Secrets, Survival and Hope

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The Third Floor Window: A True Story of Secrets, Survival and Hope, describes the author's struggle with the long term effects of childhood sexual abuse and her discovery of God's healing love.
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The Third Floor Window: A True Story of Secrets, Survival and Hope, describes the author's struggle with the long term effects of childhood sexual abuse and her discovery of God's healing love.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781601455741
  • Publisher: Booklocker.com, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/31/2008
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

    The author is sensitive not to provide information overload but

    The author is sensitive not to provide information overload but still be true to having her story told. She shares the struggles as a child and the collateral damage she still faces as an adult. It is a very enlightening book, one that I recommend for struggling victims who want to be survivors as well as their spouses and friends.

    A book about healing and overcoming the shame and the silence of childhood abuse. The book led me to learn things about God that I had never thought before. It answered so many questions I had and led me to learn things that God had been trying to teach me for a long time now. Definitely a valuable read and one book I will plan to re-read many times over. Inspiring and educational at the same time.
    The book cover shows a picture of a faceless child looking outside a window with a white dove flying above her head. That faceless child represents all the children who are still victims of this horrific crime today. The dove represents the Holy Spirit bringing comfort and hope to those children looking for a way out and don't know where to go or who to trust.

    I recommend this book to victims, survivors, counselors, families and friends, and religious leaders helping with the healing and self-worthiness process of these injured souls, whether they are still children or an adult.

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  • Posted October 29, 2009

    A MUST READ for both survivors and their partners!

    As a partner of a survivor of incest, I have struggled to understand what she is going through without digging up all the details and forcing her to relive the pain. This book is a well written story of the author's secret, survival and hope! I'm not a novel reader, so the short chapters let you can pick it up and put it down if it gets too emotionally heavy or you are short on time. The author is sensitive not to provide information overload but still be true to having her story told. She shares the struggles as a child and the collateral damage she still faces as an adult. It is a very enlightening book, one that I recommend for struggling victims who want to be survivors as well as their spouses and friends.

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  • Posted July 23, 2009

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    This book gives a face to survivors of child abuse!

    As quoted in this book, "victims don't have a face," and without a face, survivors are simply insubstantial - easy to ignore and forget. When we stay silent about how someone has abused us, we dismiss our own selves and diminish our own worth and Society will follow our lead. Colleen Spiro hopes to help 'give survivors a face' and make them visible in today's society in her book, The Third Floor Window.

    Although her book is a cathartic release of her own personal story, she visits the issues and questions raised by non-victims who can't understand. The Third Floor Window is a helpful, informative book for not only survivors but for those who don't want to be another stereotypical, insensitive member of society who, through their own ignorance, asks questions like, 'why can't you just forget about it?' or offers excuses that exonerates the abusers and blames the victim instead of offering compassion and support to the victim.

    Recent scandals of child abuse sanctioned by the churches and perpetuated by the clergy triggered Ms Spiro to write about her own painful past to address those questions designed to silence survivors in adulthood with shame and self-blame. So many victims loose their faith in God and many even blame Him whether the abuse took place in a church, at home or in school (as most abuse seems to be committed) but The Third Floor Window has a chapter titled, "Where Was God?" that examines and addresses this very painful question in a way that can restore your faith!

    Colleen Spiro has written a very helpful book for society to read to help us all understand the pain and destruction of a life caused by child abuse.

    ~ Catharsis Foundation
    "It's Time To Tell!"

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    Memoir of a lost childhood caused by sexual abuse!

    The Third Floor Window is the author's memoir of a lost childhood and a stolen innocence caused by many years of sexual abuse. From an early age, both the author and her sister were sexually abused by their father. The story is well written and brings hope to others who are struggling with similar situations.

    The book is divided in different topics. On each section, Ms. Spiro opens the door of her memories and tells the story of a child who lived in fear and to this date is still searching for that fatherly love she never had. The book is written as a personal journal and in it she shares her adult's insecurities, victories, and constant determination to fully heal those open wounds and scars of her soul.

    The book cover shows a picture of a faceless child looking outside a window with a white dove flying above her head. That faceless child represents all the children who are still victims of this horrific crime today. The dove represents the Holy Spirit bringing comfort and hope to those children looking for a way out and don't know where to go or who to trust.

    I recommend this book to victims, survivors, counselors, families and friends, and religious leaders helping with the healing and self-worthiness process of these injured souls, whether they are still children or an adult.

    Reviewed by the author of The Window To My Soul; My Walk With Jesus

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