First published in 1989, Dan Allender’s The Wounded Heart has helped hundreds of thousands of people come to terms with sexual abuse in their past. Now, more than twenty-five years later, Allender has written a brand-new book on the subject that takes into account recent discoveries about the lasting physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual ramifications of sexual abuse.
With great compassion Allender offers hope for victims of rape, date rape, incest, molestation, sexting, sexual bullying, unwanted advances, pornography, and more, exposing the raw wounds that are left behind and clearing the path toward wholeness and healing. Never minimizing victims’ pain or offering pat spiritual answers that don’t truly address the problem, he instead calls evil evil and lights the way to renewed joy.
Counselors, pastors, and friends of those who have suffered sexual harm will find in this book the deep spiritual guidance they need to effectively minister to the sexually broken around them. Victims themselves will find here a sympathetic friend to walk alongside them on the road to healing.
For those that have read Allender’s first book you will love this one. I actually liked it much better.
Where the first one seemed a bit more textbook-like (although extremely good) this one speaks more to the heart, I believe.
Dr. Allender talks more about the evil in the abuse and how the enemy uses it to ruin us. He also talks more about varying levels of abuse. Also, side effects that we often don’t associate with our abuse.
Although it is difficult to read at times, because of the hurt that still rises up, I think for any survivor of abuse this will be an invaluable resource and hopefully allow you to pinpoint areas of hurt in your own life that still linger.
This book opened my eyes to areas of abuse that I hadn’t identified as abuse but I am beginning to see it as such and need to deal with that.
If you are an abuse survivor or know someone who is I highly recommend this book.
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A copy of this book was given to me by Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.