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Encouragements for the Emotionally Abused Woman: Wisdom and Hope for Women at Any Stage of Emotional Abuse Recovery Paperback – February 8, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (February 8, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044990878X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449908785
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For those of us who are or have been emotionally abused, we know how the experience insidiously sabotages our self-esteem. We know how easy it can be to falter, to begin to feel the familiar self-doubt and fear. We need to be reminded that the abuse is not our fault. We need to find the motivation to trust our perceptions -- and find the courage to change our present reality.
ENCOURAGEMENTS FOR THE EMOTIONALL ABUSED WOMAN addresses these needs. Whether we are just beginning to recognize that we are in abusive relationships or whether we have made the decision to break free, this book is here, a consistent reminder of positive growth. Written as a companion to Beverly Engel's landmark THE EMOTIONALLY ABUSED WOMAN, this volume of quotes, insights, feelings, and suggestions contains passages to be read and reread, turned to as a trusted friend, to help us grow stronger with each passing day. Any time, day or night, it is ready, on any page, to help, to heal, and to replenish the soul.

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This book helped me so and is a companion in my purse to help me heal.
Gina Sonshine
Honestly, this has proven to be a difficult relationship, yet I would say the material has been rather helpful...written simply, and clearly...an easy read.
Sagacious guy
When you're done, go back and copy those affirmations on index cards and place them where you can read them each day.
W. Wallace

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179 of 186 people found the following review helpful By W. Wallace on April 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
I went looking for a simple book to read as an introduction into the process of healing from emotional abuse. I found this book and it changed my life. Filled with quotes, brief yet poignant advice and bold-faced affirmations, this book made so many things clear and helped me to sort out a lot of my confusion. I learned as much from this book as I gained comfort from it.
I have one recommendation to anyone who reads it: while you are making your way through the book make a note of the affirmations that really touch you. When you're done, go back and copy those affirmations on index cards and place them where you can read them each day. I copied at least twenty. My favorite one is "You deserve calmness and tranquility in your life. You've already been through enough storms."
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Laediebug on April 12, 2005
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Do you have one of those friends who is always able to tell you exactly what you need to hear when you go to her for help? This book is for those of us who don't.

Full of common sense, encouragement, and beautiful truth, each one-page entry is a perfect bite-sized dose of the advice our mothers never gave us. Each page starts with a relevant quote from diverse sources such as Dickensen, Shakespeare, Sartre, and Oprah. Then a few paragraphs of reassurace and information on all aspects emotional abuse recovery from recognizing abuse, leaving (or staying), to recovering and making sure you break the cycle of abuse.

The gentle "encouragements" style of this book is extremely helpful for those of us facing trauma so great that we are almost too frightened to face it. This book won't make you weed through seemingly endless, depressing, distressing chapters on disorders and case studies that don't seem to have anything to do with you.

This book should be in the library of every woman recovering from any kind of abuse. I even think it should be given out by therapists and domestic violence shelters!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Garcia on March 16, 2005
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This book is fantastic for both the counselor and for the emotionally abused woman. It uses powerful quotes and encouragements that truly speak to the reader. Engel also includes a little push at the end of each page to encourage the reader to take care of herself. I highly, highly recommend it!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By laurel casey on March 8, 2006
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No woman wants to need to read this book. However, those of us who have lived the abuse know the pain. We carry our abuse with us like an unlit torch thinking it will light the path before us. Only to find out it is the abuse that keeps us in the dark. This book is the true light; it is the words we need to hear echo in our heads; it is the hope that our lives in the end will mean something to ourselves and others. Both Encouragements and "The Emotionally Abused Woman" are a must read. It can make life lighter.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By S. Sullivan on March 13, 2006
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As a support group facilitator of a domestic violence group, I have found Encouragements for the Emotionaly Abused invaluable. Women in group and every woman who comes to the shelter program for help receives a copy of this book. It aids healing and validates everything someone feels when in an abusive relationship. I highly recomend this publication to anyone who has at any time in thier life experienced any form of abuse.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Zachary on June 17, 2009
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This book scared me a little. To actually read about your life in a book, is a little frightening. It has helped me with the healing process and I really can not tell you how great I am feeling. I could not put the book down, she is a wonderful person and there is not a lot of support out there for the emotionally, verbally abused women. This book is awesome and I would recommend it to anyone who has ever been emotionally and verbally abused.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By rainqueen on February 9, 2003
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and loving. I come back to this one again and again as the years go by. It is organized to follow (or lead) the path along the journey of recovery and it's remarkably helpful. Yes, it is also comforting.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Liz on August 23, 2009
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For anyone that has been abused and they have not bought a book yet, this should be the first one they buy or someone gives to them.
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