Breaking Invisible Chains: The Way to Freedom from Domestic Abuse

Breaking Invisible Chains: The Way to Freedom from Domestic Abuse


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For more than 1 million women in the United States, abuse—whether emotional or physical—is a way of life. Every day these women put on invisible chains. Breaking Invisible Chains, written specifically for women by women, is an honest, personal, and encouraging message of hope and illumination. Written by three survivors, the personal stories these women share will help you realize if you are in an abusive relationship or one that is just normal. A professional therapist includes insight to specific abuse situations addressed while each chapter contains a strong scriptural emphasis. The role of forgiveness is stressed throughout the book. If it turns out your relationship is not normal, realistic advice on how to handle the ongoing dynamics after the relationship ends is also included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596693869
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,214,948
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Susan Titus Osborn, MA, suffered emotional abuse as a child. She continued the cycle by marrying verbally abusive men. Today, she is remarried to a supportive Christian husband, and the cycle of abuse has been broken. She is an inspirational speaker and writer and has published more than 30 books. She is currently the director of the Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service.

Jeenie Gordon, MS, MA, LMFT, suffered emotional abuse as a child. She is now a licensed marriage and family therapist. In her practice of more than 20 years, she has counseled many verbally abused patients. She has published 5 books, one of which was a Gold Medallion finalist.

Karen L. Kosman was a victim of domestic abuse. Today, however, she is a popular inspirational speaker for Celebrate Recovery, Stephen Ministries, other women’s ministries, as well as other church groups. A coauthor of Wounded by Words and Too Soon to Say Goodbye, her published works also appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul as well as other compilation books. This mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother lives in Hemet, California, with her husband.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Dedication 11

Introduction 13

Chapter 1 The Ugly Face of Hopelessness 17

Chapter 2 We've Only Just Begun 35

Chapter 3 The Honeymoon Is Over 53

Chapter 4 Prisoner of Fear 69

Chapter 5 The Effects of Abuse on Children and Teens 83

Chapter 6 Nowhere To Go 99

Chapter 7 Reality Check 115

Chapter 8 Taking off the Mask 131

Chapter 9 The Fallout of Abuse 147

Chapter 10 The Chains Fall Off 163

Chapter 11 No Turning Back 177

Chapter 12 Free To Live Again 191

Appendix 191

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Breaking Invisible Chains: The Way to Freedom from Domestic Abuse 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the best book I've read on Domestic violence, we all know someone who has been or is involved in an abusive relationship. This book offers hope, healing and Victory. The insight that Jeenie Gordon gives after each story tell it like it is. Helps people understand why a woman stays, what you can do to break free and how to help your children. This book needs to be passed on and it will help break the invisible chains.. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Breaking Invisible Chains: The Way to Freedom from Domestic Abuse is a valuable resource not only to women who read it, but also to those who want to help women break free from abusive relationships. The format is comprehensive, offering personal stories, wise Biblical counsel, and most of all – HOPE. The church at large has yet to deal with this pervasive problem and often, those in pastoral leadership are uninformed or uneducated in recognizing what constitutes abuse (physical, emotional and verbal) and how to handle it in the church. This book can be helpful to those who are willing to address the issue and may even save a life. I recommend it highly! Rev. Annalee Davis, M.Div. Minister, author, speaker