Healing the Ravaged Soul: Tending the Spiritual Wounds of Child Sexual Abuse

Healing the Ravaged Soul: Tending the Spiritual Wounds of Child Sexual Abuse

by Sue Magrath


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Healing the Ravaged Soul: Tending the Spiritual Wounds of Child Sexual Abuse by Sue Magrath

“Why does God hate me?” “How can I believe in a God who has allowed my suffering?” These are just two of the difficult spiritual questions that survivors of child sexual abuse struggle with. In addition, survivors often have mixed feelings about the church because of perceived judgment and indifference, their own shame, or their discomfort with certain aspects of worship. Of the many after-effects of sexual abuse, spiritual wounds are the least talked about, yet they are central to adult survivors who seek to heal and find faith and meaning in their lives. With grace and gentleness, this book seeks to answer survivors’ spiritual questions and address some of the common misconceptions that often develop when young victims attempt to understand what has happened to them. Healing the Ravaged Soul explores the origins of their spiritual issues with clear psychological insights and guides survivors on a spiritual journey toward healing, wholeness, and a deeper relationship with God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498225311
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/15/2016
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Sue Magrath is a spiritual director and licensed mental health counselor. She is an alumnus of the Upper Room Academy for Spiritual Formation’s two-year program and leads retreats that address the integration of psychology and spirituality.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 "How Long, O Lord?" Exploring the Long-Term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse 1

2 Why Does God Hate Me? 19

3 "When I Was a Child…": The Impact of Child Sexual Abuse on Spiritual Development 27

4 "Lord, Help My Unbelief": Obstacles on the Path to Faith 35

5 Am I Going to Hell? Part 1 54

6 Am I Going to Hell? Part 2 67

7 Is My Abuser Going to Hell? 81

8 Will the Real God Please Stand Up? Exploring Images of God 96

9 "My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?" A Discussion on Suffering 115

10 "Where Can I Get This Living Water?" Finding Hope, Transformation, and Meaning 133

Appendix A Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 151

Appendix B Recommended Reading 154

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