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.
About the Author: 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. 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/.
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My Thoughts: I was not sure I wanted to read this book in the beginning. I really thought I had made a mistake in requesting the opportunity to read it.....but after finishing it I have to admit that this book is a powerful self-help book for men who love women who have been abused(I also saw it as a self-help book for a high school teacher who deals with students who are dealing with this now). I truly believe that I can be much more aware of what is happening in the lives of my students. After reading the book and hearing the stories I did not know whether to cry over what they lost...or smile over what they accomplished. The book is full of hope, information, and help. It is a must read for any man(or any person) who loves a woman who has been abused. It is honest, open, raw and offers so much wisdom and hope.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications as part of their Blog Tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”