Wounds of the Father: A True Story of Child Abuse, Betrayal, and Redemption

Wounds of the Father: A True Story of Child Abuse, Betrayal, and Redemption

by Elizabeth Garrison

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Overview

In the bestselling tradition of Smashed and The Glass Castle, this raw, eye-opening memoir tells the powerful story of Elizabeth Garrison's fractured childhood, descent into teenage drug addiction, and struggle to overcome nearly insurmountable odds. Elizabeth invites the reader behind the closed doors of a picture-perfect Christian family to reveal a dark, hidden world of child abuse, domestic violence, and chilling family secrets all performed in the name of God under the tyrannical rule of her father. Like countless teenage girls, Elizabeth turns to drugs and alcohol to escape. With smack-you-in-the-face honesty, Elizabeth chronicles the dark realities and real-life horrors of teenage drug abuse, living on the streets, foster homes, and treatment centers. She paints an unsparing portrait of scratching and clawing her way out of the grips of child abuse, addiction, and betrayal to find the strength within herself to save her own life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692378748
Publisher: Blueprint Press
Publication date: 02/06/2015
Pages: 426
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Garrison is the bestselling author of Wounds of the Father: A True Story of Child Abuse, Betrayal, and Redemption. She is a clinical psychologist who works as a leading researcher in child abuse. Her research focuses on the effects of child abuse and developing interventions to help children recover. In addition, her work on parenting has been featured on Dr. Phil, HuffPost Live, and Today Parents.

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Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite Wounds of the Father: A True Story of Child Abuse, Betrayal, and Redemption by Elizabeth Garrison is comprised of the real life experiences of the author. Elizabeth Garrison grew up in a strict Christian home where her father practiced corporal punishment. When she was twelve years old, Elizabeth had her first drink. Alcoholism ran rampant in her family and it was no surprise that the young girl soon became addicted to the feelings she got while drunk. Abandoning her academics and sports, Elizabeth’s sole fixation was on where she would get her next bottle. She began to spiral out of control, drinking and doing drugs to numb the pain from her childhood abuse, and to chase away the memories of horrible things that happened to her at the hands of her father. In and out of recovery, it wasn’t until Elizabeth had a revelation about her life that was the key to discovering her sobriety and herself. Miss Garrison’s story is tragic, but uplifting. She is very honest about her struggles with drugs and remaining sober, presenting a real picture of what it is like to be a recovering addict. This memoir must have been very difficult to write, but cleansing in a way as well. I was impressed with the raw openness of the book and it wasn’t something I expected. I would be curious to know what her relationship with her mother and father is like now that she’s recovered and has moved on with her life. Wounds of the Father: A True Story of Child Abuse, Betrayal, and Redemption is an inspiring read and I definitely recommend it to someone who may be struggling with addiction.