Trading Fathers: Forgiving Dad, Embracing God

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"I couldn't breathe. I wanted to scream, but I couldn't breathe. I stared in horror at his expressionless eyes, fixed on me-but not in love."
Karen Rabbitt was four years old when her father molested her the first time. She did not understand what was happening. She felt dirty, unclean, and terrified. She hated it and she grew to hate him. For twenty years Karen wandered in a wilderness of depression, shame, and fear. Still, she carried on: college, marriage, motherhood. But a father's violation warps ...
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"I couldn't breathe. I wanted to scream, but I couldn't breathe. I stared in horror at his expressionless eyes, fixed on me-but not in love."
Karen Rabbitt was four years old when her father molested her the first time. She did not understand what was happening. She felt dirty, unclean, and terrified. She hated it and she grew to hate him. For twenty years Karen wandered in a wilderness of depression, shame, and fear. Still, she carried on: college, marriage, motherhood. But a father's violation warps everything, especially our relationship with Father-God.
Karen's memoir invites you to grapple with her most gut-wrenching questions: "What kind of God are you, who stood by without rescuing me?" and "Where were you when I was abused?" In the end, God blessed her with faith to call him "Papa." Her story will open your eyes to the abundant life Papa-God desires for you.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781579219956
  • Publisher: WinePress Publishing WA
  • Publication date: 1/14/2009
  • Pages: 336

Meet the Author

After earning her Master's of Social Work degree in 1986, Karen Rabbitt provided psychotherapy to Christian women until 2005. She has been published in Marriage Partnership and Today's Christian Woman. A CLASS graduate, Karen speaks and leads retreats to feed our hunger for Papa-God's love. An Illinois mother and grandmother, Karen has been married to Jerry since 1972 and attends The Vineyard Church.
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  • Posted September 26, 2009

    Forgiving Dad, Embracing God

    The subtitle says it all: "Forgiving Dad, Embracing God." Two stories are told: one of releasing, and one of receiving. Both are fascinating.

    Karen Rabbitt doesn't pull punches when she tells this story. Betrayed by the one man who should have protected her, she grew up fearful and depressed. She cried out for a God who seemed distant. Alone, she did what she had to to cope. As I read the account, my heart couldn't help but go out to all girls so taken advantage of by predators in their families.

    It's a memoir--not so much though of the sordid, but a memoir of healing and hope. Karen shares how her recovery came, gradually and with increasing healing. The God who had seemed so far away became the God who led her step by step into liberation and wholeness.

    It's not a steamy book and it's not a religious book. It's the honest story of the growth of a person, from damaged child to fulfilled woman.

    One of the most interesting and powerful books I've read in months, I can only recommend it. It's well worth the read.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    Healing from abuse, grieving childhood losses, finding hope and getting redeemed

    TRADING FATHERS
    Karen Rabbitt


    "And that's why you would be a good therapist - you've been through lots of pain - you know what it feels like."


    How do you assist others that have experienced some type of abuse or loss? Karen Rabbitt opens all her past emotions in this personal memoir to assist others by sharing her story. It starts in her childhood with depression, shame and fear and flows into faith, hope and healing as an adult.

    If you have experienced some type of trauma, abuse or loss, this story will resonate with you in one spot or another. Following Karen's circumstances, you will be able to make new choices to reduce years of pain and agony, bringing about a more fulfilled life.

    The truth and the wisdom that is shared within this book will open the doors to a new consciousness. There are questions in the back that go with each chapter for personal or group study.

    Parents, the actions we take with our children will have lasting effects. It is in the world's best interest that we respect and challenge children to be the best they can be while giving them encouragement, love and hugs.

    Thank you, Karen Rabbitt, for creating this book. The lives that it will assist through greater knowledge will make this world a greater place.

    Karen Rabbitt receives Donley's Five Star W.O.W (Words of Wisdom) Award.


    Brian J. Donley
    Author, The Original Psychology of Success

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