Book Review: “Naming Our Abuse” by Andrew Schmutzer, Daniel Gorski & David Carlson

May 25, 2016 at 12:40 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Andrew Schmutzer, Daniel Gorski & David Carlson in their new book, “Naming Our Abuse book coverNaming Our Abuse” published by Kregel Publications shows us God’s Pathways to Healing for Male Sexual Abuse Survivors.

From the back cover:  A stunningly vulnerable look at the horrific realities of sexual abuse and how to overcome them

Male sexual abuse is increasingly in the news, from scandals in the Catholic Church to exploitations at Penn State. Yet books and programs about healing are still overwhelmingly oriented toward the female survivor of abuse. As men who experienced childhood abuse, the authors of this book are uniquely qualified to address the healing process of male survivors.

Using the metaphor of a car accident, Naming Our Abuse leads the survivor from the Wreck to the Accident Report to Rehabilitation to Driving Again. This four—step model illustrates that healing is a process to be nurtured rather than something that can be healed in a single telling. Following the authors’ examples, readers are invited to find solidarity with other male survivors and develop an understanding of their own wounding through journaling exercises.

You would almost believe that being a male and a victim of child sexual abuse is a source of shame. Well the authors were victims and they are here to not only tell us but show us that not only is it not shameful but there is healing in God from it. This is a book for men written by men. That means something. Additionally it is also a book written for the little boy who needs a healing as well. It is time we addressed this problem. For too long we ignored it and not only did it not go away but it got worse. If you are a man who has not dealt with his pain God wants to use the stories within these pages to heal you. I also think it is a great gift to give to friends and family who are abuse survivors as well so that they can use it to heal.  I recommend this book highly.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications.   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.”

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