Reclaiming One’s Life After Abuse
A comprehensive new book acts as a guide and road map to those counseling survivors of abuse
RISING SUN, Ind. –Abuse, be it sexual or physical, is one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. The aftermath and residual pain stays with the abused long after the act of abuse has ended. The new book And He Restoreth My Soul (published by WestBow Press) by Darlene J. Harris is a resource for counselors, pastors and aid professionals to assist them in counseling survivors through the recovery process and help them to restore peace to their lives.
Drawing on a myriad of contributing experts, including pastors, abuse counselors and psychologists, And He Restoreth My Soul provides a guide for those helping abuse survivors who are struggling to put the pieces of their lives back together in the wake of abuse. And He Restoreth My Soul addresses different types of abuse, how they are defined, the affects they can have on the abused and how best to go about aiding survivors in their recovery. It even goes so far as to address issues of abuse within ethnic groups and how those groups define and deal with abuse.
Physical and sexual abuse can happen anywhere and at any time. And He Restoreth My Soul does not limit itself to the ‘traditionally accepted’ forms of abuse and goes so far as to address the abuse of boys, children in group homes, men, the elderly, deaf, the disabled and others.
While a guide for Christian counseling And He Restoreth My Soul recognizes that there are occasions when more help is needed. As such, And He Restoreth My Soul includes a chapter on recognizing when help from outside the spiritual community may be required and how to go about seeking it.
Broken down into sections based on topic and subsequent chapters as they fall within that specific topic, And He Restoreth My Soul may be one of the most expansive guides to Christian counseling for abuse survivors ever assembled.
About the Author
“I don’t want anyone to hurt like I did” is what drives Darlene J. Harris, as quoted by the L.A. Times (“Victim Speaks Out on Rape to Help Others” Ed Bond Reporter, December 7, 1995.) By the age of eighteen, Darlene had a secret. She had been raped twice. And He Restoreth My Soul was written as a result. Her experience includes speaking to teens on how to deal effectively with sexual-abuse issues. She is a speaker and designs workshops and retreats for women. She served as director of the Women Ministry at Community Bible Church and as Director of Cura Ministry at Double Rock Baptist Church. God gifted her with encouragement and compassion towards others. She is excited about the woman she is becoming and wants this same excitement for others who had a “secret” too early in life.