Love Isn't Supposed to Hurt

Love Isn't Supposed to Hurt

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Love Isn't Supposed to Hurt by Christi Paul

Like millions of other women, HLN anchor Christi Paul blamed herself for the emotional abuse heaped on her by her first husband, whose violent, profanity-laced tirades left her feeling as though she had no value, no self-worth, and nowhere to turn for help. Then one day, when Christi was taking refuge in a church parking lot, the verse “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” popped into her head. In that moment, she realized she did have someplace to turn after all. Holding fast to her Christian faith, Christi began the arduous process of rebuilding her self-image and regaining control of her life.

Now happily remarried and the mother of three girls, Christi feels called to share her story in the hope that other victims will find courage to seek the help they desperately need and deserve. Written with candor and poignancy, Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt chronicles Christi’s personal experience with emotional abuse and shows how—with God’s help, some unconventional therapy, and faith—she was able to break the cycle and regain her sense of self-worth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781414367385
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 269,686
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Christi Paul is an award-winning journalist and national weekday news anchor for CNN's HLN and TruTv's In Session. In her eight years at CNN, she has covered a wide variety of stories, including two presidential elections, the Virginia Tech shootings, the Casey Anthony murder trial, the Warren Jeffs polygamy trial, and the Conrad Murray trial. She has also interviewed such noted figures as Senator John McCain, Reverend Jessie Jackson, former drug czar Barry McCaffrey, actresses Jane Seymour and Patricia Heaton, bestselling author Marianne Williamson, and musicians Keith Urban and Jim Brickman, among others. An accomplished singer, Christi has performed the National Anthem for the Cleveland Indians, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Thrashers, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. She has also performed onstage with Grammy-winning artists Richard Marx and David Foster. This spring Christi became an ambassador for Liz Claiborne's Love Is Not Abuse campaign, which aims to teach teenagers about dating violence and help them make healthy relationship decisions. She also serves on the board of Safe Kids Georgia and is an ambassador for the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation. Christi lives in Atlanta with her husband, Pete, and their three daughters.

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Love Isn't Supposed to Hurt 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Lily_Black More than 1 year ago
Christi Paul has always been one of my favorite anchors on HLN, so when I heard she was writing a book I knew I had to read it. I am very much a reader, but only now and then do I come across a book that I simply can't bear to put down. Christi's book is definitely a prime example. It's almost as if you are reading a friend's journal or having a conversation with them. She connects with her readers in a way that most authors can only dream of doing. Most inspiring is the story of how her faith and relationship with God got her through her darkest times. Even if you haven't suffered in the same manner of abuse that Christi has, anyone can find a nugget or two that they can use to relate to their circumstances. When I was in high school, I was verbally and emotionally abused by many of my classmates, mostly just because I was just different. I'm quite sensitive to things other people say about me, so it didn't take long for me to internalize their words and begin to think that I was everything they said about me. I had no self-worth through most of high school and often beat myself down over the smallest things. I began cutting myself my freshman year as a way to deal with everything, and I also began to suffer from depression. In my darkest moment, I attempted to take my life in December of my senior year. With the help of my best friends, I was able to make it through. I'm 22 years old now and I've been clean from self-injury for about two and a half years, but everyday is still a battle for me. Christi's book helped to give me that jolt I needed to finally begin to fight back against everything I have believed about myself for so long. It also helped me rediscover my faith and my worth in God. Christi's words and advice that she gives in her book struck through me and straight into my heart. I've begun to abide by her words and the ways that she overcame her own struggles and, little by little, life is getting better for me. I had always admired Christi for her wonderful personality, but after reading her book, I admire her even more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've ever dealt with emotional or verbal abuse, buy this book. If you know of someone else who has ever gone through it or you suspect they might be going through it, read this book. Buy a copy for them...if they will be receptive. Read it with your daughters and talk about it. This may also shed light to all of you that wonder 'why would she ever stay? or have said 'If I was treated like that, I wouldn't stand for it.' - You may reconsider after reading Christi's perspective.
Cat1CP More than 1 year ago
If you have ever been through a relationship involving abuse, physical or emotional, this is a must read. She shares her steps in healing including her counseling experiences. I bought copies for my mom and two sisters. I hope they find it as helpful as I have. I love how she shares her faith in God's love. Thank you so much! Cathy
Scissortail More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect with this book. Maybe another tell-all autobiography. Oh, Christi is so painfully honest with where she was, what she was feeling, how her thoughts worked. The book has given me hope that I will start to feel again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a truly wonderful book, i can relate to so many of the emotions christy paul went through an it gives me hope for a bright future, regardless of people who hurt me in the past. Thanks for sharing christy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tells the truth about living with verbal, emotional and physical abuse. Explains the shame that is associated with this type of life.
Pretend_Spoon More than 1 year ago
Let's be honest--it takes a lot of courage to write a story as personal as the one Christi Paul shared with us. I loved her openness and the religious overtones. My only complaint is it felt she was repeating herself sometimes or would get rambling at points; definitely did not break the book or keep me from reading and enjoying it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks to christl pauls courage to tell her story-I was also married to an abuser, my own DREW PETERSON!! By the grace of god I also got away-God Bless you Christi-you have the strength of a lion and the heart of an angel!!! As far as Anonymous july 31,2012 are you her EX???
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I hate love she yelled
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Both pad in and lay ddown
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What an awesome book! If you are going through some pretty bad times in a relationship or feel that you are not worthy this is a great book to read. It lets you know you are worthy and God is there for you no matter what you are going through or how you may feel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you Christi Paul for writing this book. What I loved most about it is your compassion for those women who have been crippled by emotional abuse. If you have never been in this situation you cannot understand the difficult steps it takes to leave and heal from the wounds of abuse especially from someone you love. It is like a beautiful house that has been struck by a storm. It is torn apart into a million pieces leaving you with the mess to sort out and you do not know where to begin. Thank you for guiding the brokenhearted to a Father who will build their house. Thank you for sharing your story with teenagers and those of us who have experienced this journey. And last of all thank God for new beginnings.
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