November 03, 2002
The Courage To Heal

Book Of the Month November 2002

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Often seen as the leading self help book for people who have experienced sexual abuse, The Courage to Heal was written for women survivors of abuse but has much to say to all survivors, women and men alike. It also contains invaluable information for the allies of those working to live with the impact of rape and abuse.

Based on the experiences of hundreds of survivors, The Courage to Heal profiles victims who share the challenges and triumphs of their personal healing processes. Inspiring and comprehensive, it offers mental, emotional and physical support to all people who are in the process of rebuilding their lives. The Courage to Heal offers hope, encouragement and practical advice to every woman who was sexually abused as a child and answers some vital questions, including: How do I know if I was sexually abused? Where does the decision to heal start? How can I break the silence and who will listen? How can I re-build my self-esteem, intimacy and capacity to love? What therapy, support groups, self-help programmes or organisations are available?

The Publisher says:

The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and encouragement to every woman who was sexually abused as a child - and those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible. The authors weave personal experience with professional knowledge to show the reader how she can come to terms with her past while moving powerfully into the future. They provide clear explanations, practical suggestions, a map of the healing journey, and many moving first-person examples of the recovery process drawn from their interviews with hundreds of survivors.

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Posted by paul at November 03, 2002 08:42 PM

I bought the book "The Courage to Heal" a few years ago, and while I have never read it from cover to cover, I do dip into it often. I remember being totally shocked when I got it first feeling "How do these people know so much about me when they have never even met me?" I would recommend it to anybody.

Posted by: Liz on November 4, 2002 06:39 PM

I have dipped into "Courage to Heal", but I've found "Victims No Longer" by Mike Lew a better 'fit' as a male survivor. I met Mike at a conference workshop, and was able to tell him that when I read his book, with a lot of tears, I began to feel normal for the first time. It has had an enormous influence on my recovery.

Posted by: Joe on December 9, 2002 12:00 AM

I second all Joe said about the book "Victims No Longer" by Mike Lew. It is *excellent*. A word of advice: Get a therapist first. It does hurt to read, so like Joe and me, you will read it with tears. A therapist, whom you can see or contact regularly, is essential to help you get through this important reading. It can help you heal, but you need a professional companion through this journey.

Posted by: Hurtin guy in California on January 9, 2003 07:55 PM
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