A Wildflower Grows in Brooklyn: From Striving to Thriving after Sexual Abuse and Other Trauma

A Wildflower Grows in Brooklyn: From Striving to Thriving after Sexual Abuse and Other Trauma


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Julie Woodley understands trauma. From physical and sexual abuse as a child, to abortion, through the murder of a dear friend, to brain injury and cancer, she's experienced more than a lifetime's worth of pain and loss. But by the grace of God she's doing more than surviving, she's thriving. Like a wildflower thrusting itself through a broken sidewalk, God has raised Julie's joy and hope through the layers of loss and into the light of His plan for her. He has transformed her from a broken receiver of grace into a beautiful blossom who radiates the grace she has received into the lives of other hurting people. Trauma victims often feel weighed down by shame, anger, confusion, and pain. They may be so accustomed to "getting by" that having passion and joy seems a lost hope. In A Wildflower Grows in Brooklyn, they'll encounter a story that will inspire them to imagine a life restored and overflowing with all the good things God intends for them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620325155
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2013
Pages: 113
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Julie Woodley is director of Restoring the Heart Ministries (www.rthm.cc), serving childhood sexual abuse victims and post-abortion women. Her story aired on The 700 Club, Focus on the Family, and Life Today. She coauthored Surviving the Storms of Life (2008) and is the producer of In The Wildflowers and Into My Arms counselling DVDs. She was inducted into the Suffolk County (NY) Women's Hall of Fame (2009). Julie has four children and three grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Chapter 1 Negative Messages 1

Chapter 2 Escape … No Escape 7

Chapter 3 My Constant Companion 12

Chapter 4 "Julie, I Love You" 18

Chapter 5 Something Amazing 23

Chapter 6 Old Reactions, New Reactions 29

Chapter 7 Untangling the Past 36

Chapter 8 Moving Experience 46

Chapter 9 Higher and Deeper 54

Chapter 10 Raining and Pouring 61

Chapter 11 Bridges to Healing 69

Chapter 12 Breaking Out 77

Chapter 13 Crushed but Not Destroyed 86

Chapter 14 A (Birthday) Candle in the Dark 92

Chapter 15 Embracing Trauma Far Away 97

Chapter 16 Interrupted but Restored 100

Epilogue: A Wildflower Goes Home 107

Endnotes 110

Bibliography 111

About the Author 112

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