This book will warm your heart with the humor and sage wisdom of Chelsey Ann Davenport. It will break your heart as well when you read about the things that Chelsey suffered. You will fall in love with O'dell and Mitch, Chelsey's younger brothers and little Willy, the baby of the family. You will laugh at Dora's antics and empahize with Suzanne as she grows up in the chaos of the Davenport home. The strength and resilience of Chelsey Ann Davenport will amaze you and maybe even help you understand why some children in Chelsey's circumstances grow older without growing up for a long, long, time.
Child Debilitation Syndrome affects more women than most people know, and maybe some men as well. CDS should never happen, and yet, we all know that it does. Chelsey hopes that telling her story will help others recognize it find their own way to freedom.
How do we recover treasures stolen from us in the age of our innocence? Is it even possible to unearth our dignity, confidence, trust and a thousand other valuables that were buried beneath the rubble of abuse?
Redeeming Our Treasures is a beautiful journal of a miracle in the making. The subtitle, Finding Joy in the Shadows of an Abuvive Past, hints at the milestones of growth, the progressive understanding, and spiritual insights gained along the way as a survivor of abuse traverses the lonely road to recovery and finds fellowship, freedom and forgiveness in the process.
Redeeming Our Treasures will give the survivor of abuse hope--hope that she can recover from the debilitating effects of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Hope that she can recover, as well, from the "hurts, habits, and hang-ups" that often follow the wounds inflicted by the abuser.
Abuse affects almost everyone in our society, if not directly, then through our relationships with others who have suffered abuse in one form or another.
This book is constructed around the story of one survivor, a woman who spent twenty-eight years imprisoned by her father's violence and depravity. The eldest of six children, she was held hostage by her love for her siblings and her mother: torn between the felt need to protect them and the need to escape the violation and suffering she could not avoid. Linda examines the questions often asked by those who have suffered abuse, Questions about God: If God is all powerful and all loving, why did he not intervene for me? Questions about herself: Was I responsible for the abuse? Why did I stay for twenty-eight years? What could I have done differently? Redeeming Our Treasures takes us back to the origin of our pain and teaches us to mine for treasures buried beneath the rubble of traumatic memories and broken dreams. The author has worked with therapists and other survivors to produce a book that is powerful in its message and empathetic in its approach to this sensitive subject.
The Companion Workbook to Redeeming Our Treasures can be used as a follow up to the book, Redeeming Our Treasures, or it can stand alone. Dr. Settles and Renee Rowe, LMSW, ACSW, spent many hours collaborating on the best way to help survivors of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. This workbook is the outcome of their work. It can be used by individuals or groups to facilitate understanding and healing for survivors and for those who care about them. Designed to meet the needs of both men and women, Redeeming Our Treasures Companion Workbook will help survivors define, process, and recover from the effects of abuse and neglect.
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