Wounded by Words: Healing the Invisible Scars of Emotional Abuse

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In Wounded by Words, the authors explore how emotional abusers isolate, disorient, and indoctrinate their victims and how their unkind words leave lasting scars. Sharing personal stories of people from the Bible and from contemporary life who have suffered verbal abuse, the authors offer tested, scriptural advice for breaking the cycle. Readers will learn how to recognize the signs of verbal or emotional abuse, change abusive patterns, and rediscover hope.

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Overview

In Wounded by Words, the authors explore how emotional abusers isolate, disorient, and indoctrinate their victims and how their unkind words leave lasting scars. Sharing personal stories of people from the Bible and from contemporary life who have suffered verbal abuse, the authors offer tested, scriptural advice for breaking the cycle. Readers will learn how to recognize the signs of verbal or emotional abuse, change abusive patterns, and rediscover hope.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596690493
  • Publisher: New Hope Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/17/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 791,344
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Titus Osborn, Karen L. Kosman, and Jeenie Gordon all suffered emotional abuse as children. Karen and Susan both continued the cycle by marrying verbally abusive men. Today both are remarried to supportive Christian husbands, and the cycle of abuse has been broken. Both are inspirational speakers and writers. Susan has published 28 books, and Karen has had many articles and stories published in books and magazines. Jeenie, as a licensed marriage and family therapist for 20 years, has counseled many verbally abused patients. She has published five books, one of which was a Gold Medallion finalist.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     11
Lethal Weapons     17
Invisible Scars     33
Distorted Images     49
Sticks and Stones     65
Telltale Signs     83
Fork in the Road     101
Becoming Real     119
Breaking the Cycle     137
Believing in Myself     153
Setting Boundaries     169
Liking the New Me     187
Created in God's Image     205
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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    This book helped me

    This book helped me work through pain from being emotioanlly abused. I would recommend it highly to anyone who has been verbally/emotionally abused.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    Words Do Hurt Us

    Through stories about real people, Wounded by Words alerts readers to abusive situations. Perhaps a woman never questioned the responsibility heaped upon her shoulders as a child. A man may have thought a teacher had the right to call him disparaging nicknames. Adults may take for granted the unkind words of a spouse or an employer. Readers may recognize themselves in the stories, which make up a large part of the book, and will also learn of the damage such experiences cause. Far too often, the authors say, the abused become abusers. Authors Susan Titus Osborn, Karen L. Kosman and Jeenie Gordon are well qualified to write this book. All three experienced emotional abuse in their youth and married men who also battered their self esteem. Jeenie is a licensed marriage and family therapist while Susan and Karen are inspirational speakers and writers who find their stories resonate with women everywhere. Poems express the heart cries of those who suffer. But these authors write far more than stories. They offer insightful comments and practical suggestions for setting boundaries and confronting those who wound us with words. Parents will learn effective survival skills to teach children being bullied. And each chapter closes with scriptural stories of abuse that offer hope. With God¿s help, lives can change. Readers are encouraged to be honest about themselves and their situations through thought-provoking, end-of-chapter ¿Reflections.¿ Read this book if you¿re wondering whether interpersonal problems today may be caused by events of the past. ¿Depression, behavioral problems, and physical illnesses are often direct outcomes of emotional abuse¿often resulting in invisible scars,¿ state the authors. Read this book if you¿re seeking guidance to handle verbal abuse or if you feel angry or find yourself saying things you regret. And even if you don¿t experience abuse in your own life, this self-help book will better prepare you to minister to those who do.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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