Have you ever been handed a book right at the moment in your life that you were meant to read it?
After I recovered my memories of child sexual abuse, I jumped into the world of self-abuse with the commitment of every cell in my body. My downfall was swift and scary.
With the help of some very wise and generous souls, I landed in an inpatient treatment facility. It was there that a counselor handed me the book The Courage to Heal.
Within the pages of The Courage to Heal I found descriptions of and logical explanations for the self-destructive behaviors I engaged in for years. The long stretch of questions I asked myself over and over again were answered.
An abrupt but accurate summary would be the following:
I asked, “Why am I am doing this?”
The book answered, “Because you are a survivor of child sexual abuse.”
I asked, “Why can’t I stop doing this?”
The book answered, “Because you need to heal.”
|The Courage to Heal at Barnes and Noble|
It has been over 20 years since I first held that book in my hands and I still go to it for encouragement. I go to it to find myself, to see in black and white that I am not crazy or mentally ill…to see that my normal is actually normal for me.
Because of the impact the book has had on my life, this week’s Wednesday’s Woman is the authoring team of The Courage to Heal:
Please visit their websites by clicking their names above and get to know these amazing ladies. They are more than advocates and healers. . . they are women writers:
"Because of the suportive, warm and artistic care I receive in an Ellen Bass Workshop, I'd go anywhere in the world to write with her. Anyone can see by her poetry that she would attract loving and talented people. Beginners and writers of accomplishment blend into one dynamic group."- Anne Silverpoet, author of Bare Root
"Laura's writing prompts are juicy and creative and through them, I am remembering my own life story."
Calling for submissions to Wednesday’s Woman
Please consider sharing the story of a woman who has inspired you in your journey of childhood or motherhood, as a survivor or teacher...any woman that has moved you to become better at any point in your life. You know who she is. She may be a woman of fame, a leader known only within the circles in which she serves, or someone who is recognizable solely to you.
The experience of contributing to Wednesday’s Woman is a powerful one, calling you to honor who has made a difference in your life and offering an opportunity for you to bring attention to a voice needing to be heard by someone...you never know who. Connections are made without our input, without our judgment. Our job is to spread the word, to raise awareness.
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