Sexual abuse knows no religious or social boundaries. The Wounded Heart is an intensely personal and specific look at this form of abuse. Dr. Allender explores the secret lament of the soul damaged by sexual abuse and lays hold of the hope buried there by the One whose unstained image we all bear. Includes information about false memory issues.
- A Very Disturbing yet Eye-Opening Look into the Reality of Sexual Abuse
The Wounded Heart is a very disturbing yet eye-opening look into the reality of sexual abuse. This is indeed a much needed resource for the church today. There is arguably no more shame-laden and guilt-inducing issue than sexual abuse. It is a constant companion that threatens (and brutally succeeds) to hinder all personal, social, and spiritual growth in the abused individual. Having never had any personal experience with sexual abuse but having three precious daughters, Dr. Allender presented a compelling case for every parent and youth worker to be alert to the dangers and reality of sexual abuse. His approach was unique and different from secular counselors in that it is incredibly Christ-centered. The root cause of sexual abuse is the sinful nature of human beings. The real enemy is not the perpetrator, but the forces of evil behind them. This is not to diminish the heinous and despicable acts sexual abusers have committed, but rather to emphasize that no one is beyond God’s redemption. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” says the Apostle Paul, and this includes both victim and perpetrator alike. Dr. Allender explains with sensitivity the uncompromising truth that God is the One who ultimately heals the wounded heart in both the victim and perpetrator. A note on narration, the narrator was very easy to listen to and not distracting in any way. I received this audiobook for free as part of a reviewing program from christianaudio and was not obligated to write a positive review. For more information, visit www.christianaudio.com.
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