The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Allender, Dan B.
“Dr. Allender exposes the rage, fear, and confusion locked deep inside every victim. And, offering guidance in the midst of the confusion, he shows that there is a hope for the wounded heart.”See All
Frank Minirth and Paul Meier
MDs, Minirth-Meier Clinic, Richardson, Texas
“Dr. Allender acts as a true surgeon of the soul in making a diagnosis which, while compassionate, is never sentimental. He brings the wounded survivor of abuse to the Great Physician for healing. I welcome this book: a next step for those who have begun the healing process, and a place to start for others.”See All
author of Child Sexual Abuse
“These powerful pages bring the realities of damaging human experience into the perspective of a loving God. With professional skill and spiritual insight from the crucible of experience, Dr. Allender blends a keen understanding of the dynamics of sexual abuse with the practical application of Christian truth. An excellent and timely book!”See All
PhD, professor, Counseling Center, Michigan State University
SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED
You may think you don't know anyone who has been sexually abused, especially if most of your friends and acquaintances are Christians. But the statistics indicate otherwise: sexual abuse knows no religious or social boundaries. A recent study indicated that 38% of the women interviewed had been sexually abused by an adult or family member by the age of 18.
The Wounded Heart is an intensely personal and specific look at this most "soul deadening" form of abuse. It's personal because it may be affecting you, your spouse, a close friend or neighbor, or someone you know well at church, and it's specific because it goes well beyond the general issues and solutions discussed in other books.
Dr. Allender's book reaches deep into the wounded heart of someone you know, exploring the secret lament of the soul damaged by sexual abuse—and laying hold of the hope buried there by the One whose unstained image we all bear.
Published: September 2008
About the Author
Dr. Dan B. Allender received his MDiv from Westminster Theolgoical Seminary and his PhD in counseling phychology from Michigan State University.