Friday, September 14, 2012

When A Woman You Love Was Abused: A Blog Tour and Review

About The Book:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 80 percent of childhood abuse victims later suffer from at least one abuse-induced psychological disorder. It's proven that the effects of childhood abuse follow women into adulthood. Yet few men are prepared to deal with those effects, even when their own wife is the one who is suffering. And their wife's suffering becomes their own suffering as their needs aren't being met by a wife who is powerless to control her inner turmoil.

Author, pastor, and survivor Dawn Scott Jones candidly shares her own abuse experience to help husbands understand the varied emotions, fears, distorted thoughts, and triggers that hold their wives captive. In practical and accessible language, Jones explains the stages of the healing journey (processing denial, asking for help, grieving, expressing anger, learning to forgive, and finding resolution). Building on that knowledge, Jones then moves to an honest discussion of what husbands can do to help. Whether it's creating a healing environment, understanding the need for control, building trust, or even just praying for healing, a husband plays an active role in helping his wife survive and thrive despite her past abuse.

Offering hope for a healthy marriage relationship, When a Woman You Love Was Abused answers the questions men have and offers the advice they need to help their wives finally find peace.

About The Author:

For over twenty years God has graciously used Dawn to touch the lives of people through her affecting personal testimony, her humor, and her writing. Dawn’s past challenges have deepened and enriched her ministry; enabling her to truly understand and relate to what others are going through.

Dawn is an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God. She has served in various capacities including Executive Team Pastor, Small Groups Pastor, and Woman’s Ministry Director. Dawn travels Nation-wide speaking, training and consulting.

Find out more about Dawn Scott at http://www.dawnjones.org/.

LIVE WEBCAST EVENT:

In coordination with the launch of their fall releases, Kregel will be hosting a live webcast event on September 20 at 8 PM EDT featuring authors Kim Ketola (Cradle My Heart), Teske Drake (Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow), and Dawn Scott Jones (When a Woman You Love Was Abused). The webcast will allow women to come together to share their struggles and fears in order to move toward healing and hope. Women will able to support one another and discuss shared experiences in a non-threatening, open and loving environment.

Cat Hoort of Kregel says, ""We are seeking to provide safe means for Christian women to be vulnerable with each other, to seek help and guidance from authors and counselors, and to find encouragement from those who have shared similar experiences. Our hope is that the Women Redeemed webcast will become a forum for hurting women as well as for those who can help. Kim, Teske, and Dawn are all survivors and their stories will surely inspire and equip other women to move toward healing and hope."

You can register for this event here.


You can check out the rest of the blog tour here, happening from right now and through September 19,  2012

My Review:

Abuse is something nobody should encounter, yet sadly, many do. Recently, I had the opportunity to read When A Woman You Love Was Abused by Dawn Scott Jones. 

This is a book that all those who know of a woman who has been abused needs to read. It is very well written and through raw honesty, and frankness, you will learn to understand the process that a formerly abused woman needs to travel to overcome her past. And it is possible to overcome this horrible experience when support and love are present from all people in their life, including the men. The book examines each each that women will face as they journey through healing from abuse...loneliness, emotions, consequences and more. There is also a chapter that deals with the most important, in my opinion, topic and that is forgiveness. Forgiving one's abuser is the most important step in moving on and not allowing the abuser have control. Although a difficult step it needs to be done. Finally the last section of the book gives the reader several tips and ideas to help the women in your life that have been affected by sexual abuse (or really any type). A solid read with a lot of scripture references and reminders that God is with you at each step of the journey. 

This is a book that all pastors and lay workers in churches need to have in their personal libraries. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase When A Woman You Love Was Abused online through Amazon

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Kregel Publications and LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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