I just finished reading a book called A Journey to Healing After Emotional Abuse, written by Caroline Abbott. This book is a step by step guide to recovering from emotional abuse. Corresponding with each chapter in the healing process, Ms. Abbott uses appropriate Bible verses to help ease the pain that comes with abuse.
Domestic violence is prevalent in our society. In Caroline Abbott’s book, she explains the process of overcoming the effects of abuse, focusing on emotional abuse. Emotional abuse is very damaging to the psyche and often is said to have longer term damage than physical abuse. Emotional abuse is thought of as a spectrum from very mild to extreme. Usually emotional abuse worsens over time because the abuser obtains his goal of control and power over the victim.
Caroline breaks down the healing process, starting with reflecting on the abuse you have suffered. She explains how to reclaim who you are at the core, and not your past abused self. The book continues with important chapters such as setting boundaries, examining your past, and seeking counseling. Before Ms. Abbott has you looking toward the future, she discusses forgiveness and how it can release your pain and resentment. This is difficult material to work through, making it even more important to do. Soul searching is hard. The rewards of doing so are plenty and Ms. Abbott walks you through the journey step by step.
The book made me feel like I had a friend sitting beside me as I worked through each section. The pain that emotional abuse creates can be very powerful, but Caroline’s advice and personal experience made it possible to heal.
I highly recommend this book. It is available on Amazon. A Journey to Healing After Emotional Abuse is a must-read for any survivor of emotional abuse.
For more information about Caroline Abbott’s story, and books, please visit her website at www.CarolineAbbott.com.
Remember, if we can help just one woman, we’ve done our job.
Please note: If you are in an abusive relationship, please reach out to your local domestic violence organization or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233.