Thursday, March 17, 2016

Brief Review: Understanding & addressing the pain of abuse

In his new book, Healing the Wounded Heart: The Heartache of Sexual Abuse and the Hope of Transformation (Baker Books), Dan B. Allender writes, “The fact is there is nothing about our spirituality that doesn’t intersect with our personality; there is nothing about our personality that isn’t a reflection of our spirituality.”

If this strikes you as a negative thing, Allender is quick to offer the assuring reminder that “Jesus intends to stand against every accusation and claim made against us.”

Allender, professor of counseling psychology and former president of The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in Seattle, Washington, goes on to share, with great sensitivity and insight, guidance on recognizing, acknowledging, and healing from sexual abuse.

The book, a combination of help and memoir, is a follow-up and companion to his 25-year-old classic in the field, The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

The back cover of Healing the Wounded Heart states, “If you are one of the millions of people who have suffered abuse in the form of rape, incest, molestation, sexting, sexual bullying, unwanted advances, pornography, and more, you know that hope doesn't come easy and healing can seem impossible. Dan Allender has been there--and he's spent twenty-five years helping other victims of sexual abuse walk the path toward wholeness.”

Additionally, this is an excellent book for pastors, counselors, and others who want to better understand and be equipped to address the issue of sexual abuse with others seeking help. A workbook is also available.


NOTE: To comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: I selected this book to review and received it free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Have you read other books by Allender? Other books on the topic of sexual abuse? What are some of the better resources you can recommend on the topic? What has been your experience dealing with the issue in your church? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

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