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She Said God Blessed Us: A Life Marked by Childhood Sexual Abuse in the Church

She Said God Blessed Us: A Life Marked by Childhood Sexual Abuse in the Church

by Gail Hovey


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When Gail Hovey was a teenager, her local Presbyterian church hired Georgia, a seminary-trained Christian education director. Brilliant and charismatic, Georgia used the language of faith to seduce several of her students, swearing each to secrecy. When she eventually abandoned the others and focused on Gail, Gail believed herself uniquely blessed and for the next 15 years modeled her life on Georgia's—the seminary degree, the minister husband. The relationship had a profound and lasting influence on the woman Gail became and left her a legacy of guilt and shame. Shedding light on the largely invisible issue of sexual abuse of girls by women, Hovey's brave memoir relates her decades-long journey—from East Harlem to South Africa to Brooklyn—to break free of an overwhelmingly powerful and deeply destructive first love.

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ISBN-13: 9781476682778
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/27/2020
Pages: 267
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gail Hovey is an editor and writer. Her activism began with the civil rights movement and grew to include economic and social justice work with people’s movements from southern Africa to Hawaii. She lives in New York’s Lower Hudson Valley.

Table of Contents

Section I An End to Childish Ways

1 In the Beginning 2

2 Whither Thou Goest 4

3 Suffer the Little Children 13

4 Your Cloak as Well 19

5 Putting Away Childish Things 25

6 Will Set You Free 35

7 Becoming Obedient 39

8 With Those Who Rejoice 46

9 With You Always 52

Section II In the Wilderness

10 Neither Jew nor Greek 66

11 Sojourners in a Strange Land 76

12 Neither Death nor Life 84

13 Wipe Away Every Tear 89

14 Not Unless You Bless Me 96

15 Tidings 106

16 Your Neighbor as Yourself 113

17 The Devotion of Your Youth 120

18 A Child Is Born 127

19 Talk Leads Only To… 133

20 Nothing on My Own 140

21 Thou Shalt Not 147

22 Through a Glass Darkly 152

23 Only in Part 160

24 Then Face to Face 166

25 Your Flight Be Not in Winter 173

Section III By Their Fruits

26 Spirit and Soul and Body 184

27 The Dust from Your Feet 191

28 Unless I See 199

29 The Third and Fourth Generation 206

30 Gather Stones Together 218

31 Time to Embrace 226

Epilogue: And Pondered Them in Her Heart 237

Acknowledgments 253

Index 257

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