Healing the Scars of Childhood Abuse: Moving beyond the Past into a Healthy Future

Healing the Scars of Childhood Abuse: Moving beyond the Past into a Healthy Future

by Gregory L. PhD Jantz, Ann McMurray


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The deep pain of childhood abuse—whether physical or emotional, whether a child was neglected or wished nothing more than to be left alone—doesn't just go away. There's simply no just getting over it. Even if no physical scars remain as evidence of the victim's suffering, the deep wounds on their minds, hearts, and souls are still there. But it is possible to become whole and happy.

Author of the successful Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse, Dr. Gregory Jantz now helps readers understand the effects of childhood abuse on their emotional, intellectual, physical, relational, and spiritual health. He then outlines the steps to lasting healing, including grieving what was lost, learning to balance emotions with intentionality, regaining a positive relationship with one's own body and mind, and coming to an understanding of God not as a frightening authority figure like the abuser or an accusing judge, but as a loving creator, redeemer, and friend.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800727727
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,178,497
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, is a popular speaker and award-winning author of many books, including Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse and Don't Call It Love. He is the founder of The Center • A Place of HOPE (www.aplaceofhope.com) in Washington state. Learn more at www.drgregoryjantz.com.

Ann McMurray has coauthored several books, including Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse. She lives in Washington and works at The Center • A Place of Hope.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction: Finding Your Way Forward 15

1 The Hide-and-Seek of Childhood Abuse 17

2 Not Normal but Too Common 27

3 The Cost of Survival 39

4 The Violation of Emotional Abuse 51

5 The Violation of Neglect and Physical and Sexual Abuse 75

6 Childhood Abuse and Emotional Health 85

7 Additional Costs of Childhood Abuse 107

8 Steps to Emotional Healing 119

9 Steps to Cognitive Healing 133

10 Steps to Physical Healing 143

11 Steps to Healing Relationships 155

12 Steps to Spiritual Healing 169

Notes 183

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