Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tolson 4 TEARS Reviews "The Wounded Heart WORKBOOK"

The Wounded Heart Workbook: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse (A Companion Workbook for Personal or Group Use) by Dan Allender, Ph.D
This is a workbook designed to compliment The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse. Dr. Dan Allender, a therapist, minister, and professor, wrote this workbook to help victims of sexual abuse gain a sense of mastery over their feelings. The workbook corresponds with the concepts in the main book, helping the readers to delve even more deeply into their emotions. As he notes in chapter one, there are basic assumptions when engaging in this work: “that your ultimate goal is love, no pain relief.” This is not an easy task. Allender offers suggestions for using the workbook, including a reminder for the reader to go through it at his/her own pace.
As with the main text, the theme of the book presumes the reader’s belief in God. It may be of benefit to a victim to determine his/her feelings about God in the aftermath of abuse. Allender is clear: “For the Christian, hope begins by recognizing the utter hopelessness of our condition and the necessity of divine intervention, if we are to experience true joy.” It’s the reader’s choice to embrace a religious notion of growth, or not.
If a survivor chooses to explore this workbook with an understanding that God is a part of the process of healing, then he/she may find Dr. Allender’s suggestions for personal and spiritual growth to be valuable. The work toward self-knowledge is difficult, and it is suggested that it be done in a specialized group and/or therapy. The arduous work is also worthwhile, especially when taking back the power that was stolen by the abuser.

Review completed by Lynn C. Tolson, author of Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story
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