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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Image (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0768438888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0768438888
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Your book was very moving, Karen. Some parts were easier for me to read than others, but all of them, in one way or another, rang true for me. Thanks for being brave enough to write it. --- Jeffrey Russell, a sexual abuse survivor

Thank you for sharing your story and for the awesome privilege of being able to read it. I was blessed by virtually every page. I was also struck by precisely how on-target your assessments were of PTSS victims behavior as borne out in the experience of several people I have worked with over the years. Thank you for the courage to write this book and for all the ministry that will definitely come from this labor of love. Thanks again for being such an awesome inspiration of what God can do in all things! --- Pastor Scott Hoffman, Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association CEO

I thought it was an amazing book. I cried a few times and in a lot of weird ways, I related to a lot of your thoughts and feelings, though I know I could never understand what it is like to have gone through what you did. I ve had times when I ve felt some of the things you ve felt, and I think a lot of people will have that and be able to relate in some way, even if they haven t experienced what you have. Having it touch me that much makes me sure that it must really hit home to those who have felt that exactly. I think those pieces of you and your feelings that I relate to will help all of those that you reached out to that have loved ones that have gone through it understand a little better. I think it is very important for people to find and read your book just to help them feel and understand what some people may be going through. You also showed how being a Christian can be so helpful in bringing you through the process and provide a way and an open door for people to accept Jesus in to their lives and know that there is a way to get through it. --- Jeremy Skillings

About the Author

Karen F. Riley writes for newspapers and magazines and has authored two weekly newspaper columns and four books. Seven years ago she started KFR Communications, a custom graphic and Website design company. She also leads a ministry called Healing in the Hurting Places that offers hope to those suffering from childhood abuse. Karen and her husband, Bill, have been married for 30 years and are the parents of Lisa, Laura, and Christopher. They reside in New Egypt, New Jersey.

More About the Author

Author Karen F. Riley has been writing since she was 8 years old. Nationally published at the age 11; her work has appeared in NJ Monthly, the Asbury Park Press, Tri-Town News, The New Egypt Press and other media.

Whispers in the Pines: The Secrets of Colliers Mills was originally introduced in May of 2005 after 5 years of research into the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area.

Her 2nd book, Voices in the Pines: True Stories from the New Jersey Pine Barrens, was released in April of 2009. The book contains 35 first person accounts of people who live and work in the Pine Barrens - a way of viewing history by stepping into their shoes. It won a silver international award in the regional non-fiction category in May 2010.

Images of America: The Pine Barrens of New Jersey, was released in October 2010. It contains many images from the late 1800s and spotlights the various industries of the pines, the world's 8th largest structure, the only derailment of the Blue Comet and many other tidbits not found elsewhere.

Karen, her husband, Bill and their three children - Lisa, Laura and Chris - moved to New Egypt, NJ in 1992. With her home and office across the street from the northern fringes of the Pine Barrens, it was only a matter of time before this unique area captivated her heart. Subsequent book signings and talks and additional research broadened her knowledge and love for this area and bringing out a revised edition of Whispers in the Pines was a natural fit.

She looks forward to encouraging and educating more people about this fascinating area. Karen is available for book talks and slide shows of old photos of the Pine Barrens. Please contact her to arrange a speaking engagement for your organization.

Illustrator Andrew Gioulis grew up in a family of skilled artisans. He started out as an illustrator and still incorporates sketches into his work as a graphic designer. Andrew holds a B.S. in Graphic Design/New Media Design from Roberts Wesleyan College and is currently working on his MFA. He has garnered 30 awards for his innovative style. Andrew created the illustrations and front cover art for Voices in the Pines. He developed his knowledge and a passion for the pinelands while working on that book. Whispers in the Pines gave him an opportunity to return to the sketchbook to capture once more this unique region. Andrew resides by the Jersey Shore where he can indulge his love of surfing and photography.

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This is a book of healing and hope and how God can help us heal and begin our lives anew.
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Healing in the Hurting Places (Karen F. Riley) This is a true story on how the Author (Karen F. Riley) overcame her childhood sexual abuse.
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This is a great book for anyone going through problems in their life and not sure where to turn too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Blake TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Healing in the Hurting Places" is drawn from Karen F. Riley's personal experiences and the lessons she learned as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, working through a manipulative home environment, the hurtful impact of bullies throughout her high-school years, and her ongoing ministry of restoration, hope and healing to other victims of sexual abuse.

Karen is a gifted communicator. As I scanned the back cover of "Healing in the Hurting Places" I knew I was in for a memorable reading experience. I was drawn into Karen's story before I had finished the first two paragraphs of her opening statement. Her writing is personal, intimate, and candid. I appreciated her willingness to make herself vulnerable. She tells of her active faith without being judgmental or preachy. Well chosen Scriptural references illustrate her faith-walk as well as Biblical principles, illustrations, and applications.

I was personally struck by the power of the illustration from the Old Testament book of Jeremiah which describes the process of the potter's wheel and the impact this had on Karen's healing.

"Healing in the Hurting Places" is must reading for sexual abuse victims, for anyone caught up in the cycle of addictive behaviors, and for those concerned loved ones attempting to provide help and encouragement.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's guidelines.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joyce M. Ottino on May 23, 2012
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I am a victim of childhood sexual abuse. I struggle with it and the after affects of the abuse almost daily. I read karen's book. It was extremely helpful. Brought a lot of things to mind, and through that I have been healed of some issues. I really recommend this book to anyone who has been abused.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Burns on November 3, 2011
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We do, yes we do hold on to our hurts. And for some their hurts are worse than others.
This book is for those who have deep deep hurts. Read and listen to the heart of this women who was raped and held her hurt through so, so much.
Every woman should read this book, and so should a man to learn just how much the source of this hurt, hurts. And rally how we should live!
But does the hurt stop?
This is a great book to be read by those hurting for so many reasons, and are still holding on to their hurts.
Our Lord enters the life, and read of the change for yesterday and today.
I especially ask lawyers and their associates to read this book.
Rape and sexual abuse are words we hear, but read and learn in this excellent book of Truth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Hosbach on August 19, 2011
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Healing in the Hurting Places paints a vivid and very personal portrait of the author's journey toward healing from the pain of childhood sexual abuse. It is a story of hope told by a woman who had the courage, by God's grace, to face the truth and persevere through to the other side. Karen Riley dedicated this book to the Lord who set her free and to all who suffered from childhood sexual abuse and those who love them. I'm sure her sincerity will touch the hearts of those to whom the book is dedicated as well as the hearts of anyone else who reads this book. I know it touched mine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DebC on August 11, 2011
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The author offers a personal account of hope and even gratefulness. What is shared is an intimate experience of childhood trauma whose hidden hurts act-out through her teen and adult years. We are given a peak into the reflections of a human soul and the God of her universe, as well as the painful affects of the hurt on relationships with peers and family. I found many "Wow" moments as the author reveals the emotional, mental, and spiritual layers necessary to navigate the long road of her healing process. It offers a lovingly practical and spiritual guide to recovery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simone Lilly-Egerter on October 8, 2012
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I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This book was very insightful as Karen uses her life story as an example so the we can fully understand what victims of abuse are feeling and thinking, and the behavior patterns that are in fact warning signs that something has gone awry. I have to admit, this was a difficult read for me. Primarily because my symptoms/signs were identical to the author's. Unlike Karen, I am still struggling, but this novel has helped me understand myself a bit better and also gives me hope that someday I will have closure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Jolly on August 27, 2012
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This book is about healing from a Biblical perspective. Karen shares her story and while doing so, has presented opportunities for others to initiate the healing process as well. People deal with their pain in different ways and it wasn't until I spoke with a counselor at my school that I realized that the anxiety I still experience on a daily basis stemmed from sexual abuse. I personally don't know if anyone is able to fully overcome what happened, but managing is a part of our daily existence. Karen reveals her own addictions to food, her struggles with suicidal thoughts, and the guilt of unleashing her anger on the people she loved. By the grace of God, she was able to move from victim to survivor.

There were a few typographical errors in this novel and some of the statistics were dated, but those things did not detract from the overall message. What is the message, you ask? Someone understands. Reading this book is like attending a Speak Up, Speak Out event. The last one I attended (which was also my first), I cried like a baby because it was instant camaraderie among strangers. Once someone broke the silence by sharing their stories, the next person was empowered to speak and so it went.

If you know someone who has been abused, the guidelines in the back of the book are very useful. The biggest mistake people make is blaming the victim. There is an assumption that the victim did something to deserve what happened, which is completely false. The other mistaken assumption is that the victim should suppress what happened. Equipped with appropriate knowledge, you can empower victims to become survivors.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book through Charisma Media to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
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