Each one of us has wounds and scars. We've lived life and had our dreams shattered, our hearts broken. We feel misunderstood, disrespected. So we fall silent.
Ann wants us to get our voice back and gives us the necessary tools
in this book. It will take time and courage to go through the steps
of identifying the lies and then replacing them with truth. It will
take trusting God that He will provide the safe person, the safe
community. It will take courage to admit the pain, give forgiveness,
and wait to hear God. But at the end we will be strong enough to
overcome our hurts, to make life changing choices, and to break our
Ann knows what she is writing about. She experienced childhood sexual
abuse, a twenty year struggle with bulimia, and an emotional and
physically abusive “Christian” marriage. She shares her story and
the stories of others because she knows it helps us make sense of the
pain and realize that we are not alone.
reminds us that we were born with a voice. But somewhere along the
way we were shamed, intimidated, or bullied into silence. We adopt a
false voice: “I'm fine.” But remaining silent is at great risk,
Jo Ann writes. It prevents us from knowing the depth of God's love
and the width of His plans.
Ann offers life skills and practical resources to bring healing. But
it will take work. She offers plenty of exercises with questions to
answer, advising a time of reflection and application. She suggests
using a journal to record our journey. I have barely started the
exercises and have already identified areas where I am benefiting
from this book.
you are a woman in need of emotional healing or want to help others
in need, this is a great book for you. Even if you are emotionally
healthy yet want to understand those who are not, this book would be
something we all long for, especially when we're hurting inside.
Acceptance. Approval. Confirmation that we somehow matter.” (51)
is a popular blogger and certified Life Coach. She is passionate
about leading women into full, free lives. She is the founder of the
virtual community, Write Where it Hurts, where she and her team
inspire women daily. She and her husband live in southeastern
Tennessee. Find out more and follow her blog at http://joannfore.com/ and
Publishers, 224 pages.
received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the
purpose of this review.