Are you suffering the effects of sexual abuse? There is a way out. In Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing After Sexual Abuse, Mary DeMuth illuminates the way to go from shame-filled to joy-filled, from traumatized to finding enduring peace. This isn't theory. Mary has lived it. She's traveled this path and offers a uniquely qualified, insider's view of the healing process.
Then Mary goes deeper - because often you're not the only one who has suffered. Her husband Patrick comes alongside her and offers insights into how spouses can love a sexual abuse victim toward wholeness, and how this will bring your relationship a whole new level of strength.
Not Marked will help you:
Find the courage to share your story - maybe for the first time
Stop comparing your brokenness to others' wholeness
Understand the specific way God designed you to heal
Identify safe people to entrust your healing journey to
Embrace utter honestly about your abuse, even if that means anger toward God
Discover how prayer helps you move from angst to alleluia
Find the powerful antidote to bitterness
Let go of accusatory thought patterns and grasp God's affection for you
Uncover an ancient pathway to healing
Live the effervescent life you've longed for but could never quite grasp
You do not have to be forever marked by sexual abuse.
You are resilient even if you believe all your strength is gone. You are worthy of being made whole - even if you can't believe it's possible. And you are as stunning work of amazingness - even though your heart can't even start to grasp that. Yet.
This is your time: the moment to start the journey of the unmarked life!
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Must Have for any victim of sexual abuse
Yes, especially for a victim or his or her spouse.
Mary's own voice listing a bevy of possible ways abuse could affect an adult victim of sexual abuse, especially where intimacy is concerned. "I've struggled with many of these myself," she says. That is not easy to admit, and the only reason for doing so is to help others.
The book is a great starting point for any friend that has faced this. It opens the door to letting the light shine on a very dark subject. Thankfully, this is not my story to tell, but it sure will make me a better listener for those that I love.
This is my first experience with an audio book. I enjoyed the different viewpoints as read by Mary and Patrick. I liked that I could set the pace of reading, or I could repeat a section if needed.
- Janet Morris Grimes
Way too Christian!