Dawn Eden, internationally known speaker and author of the bestselling The Thrill of the Chaste, shows how the lives of the saints have given her hope and aided her journey of spiritual healing after childhood sexual abuse. One in four American women and one in six American men report having been sexually abused during childhood and My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints provides a much-needed resource for spiritual healing from the isolating effects of these wounds.
Eden uses her own story as a backdrop to introduce numerous holy people— like Laura Vicuña, Thomas Aquinas and Bernard of Clairvaux—who suffered sexual abuse or sexual inappropriateness, as well as saints such as Ignatius of Loyola who suffered other forms of mistreatment and abandonment. Readers seeking wholeness will discover saints with wounds like their own, whose stories bear witness to the transforming power of grace. Eden explores different dimensions of divine love—sheltering, compassionate, purifying, etc.—to help those sexually wounded in childhood understand their identity in the abiding love of Christ.
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About the Author
Born into a Jewish family in New York City, Eden lost her faith as a teenager and became an agnostic. During the 1990s, she worked as a rock journalist in New York City, interviewing oldies and classic rock performers. She went on to work for the New York Post and the Daily News.
At age thirty-one, Eden underwent a dramatic conversion to Christianity, seeking Baptism as a Protestant; six years later, she entered the Catholic Church. She wrote the original edition of The Thrill of the Chaste while Protestant; its international success led her to revise it from a Catholic perspective in 2015. Both The Thrill of the Chaste and Eden’s 2012 book on healing from childhood sexual abuse, My Peace I Give You, have been featured in the New York Times and on numerous EWTN programs.
Eden received her pontifical licentiate in sacred theology from the Dominican House of Studies in 2014 and her canonical doctorate in sacred theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in 2016. She teaches theology at St. Mary's College, Oscott, in Birmingham, England, and will be teaching dogmatic theology at the Holy Apostles College and Seminary beginning in the fall of 2017. Eden speaks about spiritual healing and conversion to thousands of people throughout North America and abroad.
Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, S.V., is the superior general of the Sisters of Life.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
While the primary focus is on the wounds from sexual abuse, this book offers the path to healing for all who have suffered at the hands of others, whether by rejection, verbal abuse, or physical abuse. Miss Eden clearly explains how the saints who suffered before us and the sacraments can help us heal as our wounds unite us to Jesus. I have read other books on suffering, but this is the first to really make it understandable when the Bible says to join our sufferings with the sufferings of Christ.