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Healing in the Hurting Places by Karen F. Riley is a personal experience story and outreach for victims of childhood sexual abuse, and those who want to help them. It sensitively focuses on the healing journey—how to recognize symptoms of abuse and offer help. Victims often feel alone, they don’t know where to turn or may believe no one will understand. Author Karen Riley speaks to that place of pain and takes you on the healing journey that transformed her life.
“This is not about the tragic event, but about where to go now. I want them to know that they are not alone, and there is One who can heal their broken hearts,” writes the author. Others who will benefit from this story of hope and healing: those affected by alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic, and other physical or verbal abuse—and those who are involved with them. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
Many victims share similar characteristics and traits as a result of abuse, which often manifest in the same behavior patterns—Healing in the Hurting Places is a springboard to empowerment and better understanding.
About the Author, Karen F. Riley:
Karen F. Riley has been writing since she was eight years old. She was nationally published at the age of eleven. Since then, Karen has written for newspapers and magazines such as The Asbury Park Press, New Jersey Monthly and The Tri-Town News. She has authored three weekly newspaper columns and four books:
- Whispers in the Pines: The Secrets of Colliers Mills (Published May 2005, Cloonfad Press)
- Voices in the Pines: True Stories from the New Jersey Pine Barrens (Published May 2009, Plexus Publishing, Inc.)
- Images of America: The Pine Barrens of New Jersey (Published October 2010, Arcadia Publishing, Inc.)
- Healing in the Hurting Places (Published August 2011, Destiny Image, Inc.)
Healing in the Hurting Places is a well written, poignant book about the authors path in recovering from childhood abuse and cancer. Although this book is a very personal, raw story Karen makes it personable and relatable to almost any type of trauma, life issues or roadblocks. It’s insightful and soul baring story that I think a lot of people can identify with in a way and learn from it. It also is a good tool to help other identify and help adults who have suffered abuse.
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