When seeking help, survivors are generally counseled to forgive, but instead of bringing relief, this message often increases their shame and pain. Forgiveness is not the only step towards healing, nor is it the first step.
Touching His Robe shares scripture anecdotes and metaphors that will help answer questions such as, "If God is real and He cares about me, why did He allow this to happen?" The author encourages readers to at first just touch His robe, and guides them on a journey to help them come closer to embracing Him.
Leslie G. Nelson enjoyed a close personal relationship with the Savior that helped her through many difficult personal trials, but when memories of childhood sexual abuse surfaced, she found herself ashamed to approach Him. In Touching His Robe, she shares the insights gained on her journey with the sensitivity and clear communication she acquired during years of teaching women and youth at church and while working in a halfway house, juvenile detention, and a group home for abused children and teens.
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Touching His Robe is a moving story about one survivor's journey of healing child sexual abuse. This account is deeply personal to me as I am a survivor as well. It's really made me question some of things I thought were true and belief that God wasn't there for me. Knowing something that is soul deep painful and acknowledging it as such is an entirely different matter all together. I applaud the author for her candor and insights to a very personal experience. I encourage other survivors and their partners to real this book.
Anyone who considers themselves a Christian can get something from this book, whether they are abuse survivors or not. Although I've never been through anything like Leslie has, over and over I found personal applications for her original insights into familiar scripture stories. If you've ever suffered sexual abuse or know anyone who has (and sadly, who doesn't?), or if you've ever been hurt by another person and struggled to be told you should forgive them, or if you've ever struggled to understand how a loving god could allow horrific things to happen, then you should read this book. It will give you new insights into Jesus as your loving, kind, compassionate friend and ally on the road to healing -- no matter what you've been through or how angry you are.