Healing the Wounded Heart: The Heartache of Sexual Abuse and the Hope of Transformation by Dan B. Allender does a wonderful job of exploring the damage from sexual abuse and the hope for healing that is available for the wounded heart.
The author digs into the biology, psychology, social, and spiritual aspects surrounding sexual abuse. The stories are told with tact and enough detail to help the reader absorb the weight of the topic but at the same time not overly detailed so that the reader is left feeling overwhelmed.
One of the strengths of the book that helps it stand out is how it discusses both female and male sexual abuse and both male and female perpetrators. Too often this topic is focused only on abuse performed by men on women, but this book unveils the complexity of the situation and is backed by solid research.
Another strength of the book is the author’s willingness to engage the damage done by pornography on the viewers – something that people sometimes ignore or brush aside or try to normalize. The author exposes the lies told by our hypersexualized society and unmasks the damage pornography inflicts upon individuals and families.
The second part of the book provides hope and a path for healing for those who are survivors of sexual abuse – in its multitude of forms – and is well worth a slow and diligent read.
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