How to heal from trauma and restore laughter, love, and faith
When trauma wounds, victims are thrown into unexpected darkness and experience unfamiliar symptoms. Some trauma survivors draw upon a lifelong faith in God; others find themselves in a wilderness devoid of spiritual grounding. The recovery stories in this book offer diverse pathways to faith and hope.
In When Trauma Wounds, psychologist Karen A. McClintock combines psychological approaches with faith resources to improve trauma recovery. Whether you are a trauma survivor, a caregiving pastor or church member, or friend to a survivor, this book will familiarize you with trauma symptoms and healing strategies.
Secure and trusting relationships heal many wounds. If you care for a trauma survivor, McClintock will help you create a sanctuary to shelter this wounded soul, to help them bear their pain and hold out hope for recovery--to offer victims of trauma the compassion they so badly need.
Each trauma victim has a story to tell. If you are a trauma survivor, healing from that trauma or working through repeated traumatic experiences may take days or years. But no matter how long your healing journey might take, it can begin right now.
About the Author
Karen A. McClintock is a psychologist and church consultant. She lectures and teaches workshops on pastoral care, congregational systems, sexual-abuse prevention, and overcoming sexual shame. Her previous books include Shame-Less Lives, Grace-full Congregations; and Sexual Shame: An Urgent Call to Healing, and My Father's Closet, a memoir about her heartwarming childhood in which she grew up with an amazing family secret.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Understanding Trauma
1. What Is Trauma?
2. Trauma's Aftermath
3. Disrupted Moods and Behaviors
4. Trauma and Close Relationships
Part 2 Types of Trauma
5. When Trust Is Betrayed: Sexual Abuse
6. When Uprooted: Immigration Heartbreak
7. When Death Comes Suddenly: Gun Violence
Part 3 Pathways to Hope and Healing
8. Becoming Spiritually Whole Again
9. Next Steps in Healing
10. Rediscovering Hope