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No guide can complete the healing pilgrimage for another, but Pat, Sue, and Vicki lovingly and capably tend the fire that lights the way. Their clear guidance is respectful and comforting. They understand suffering, and they know what it is to be gripped by fear. They offer hope, not because they are optimists, but because they have seen and experienced all that is possible. Each chapter is a further affirmation that the darkness and anguish of abuse are not a match for the inner light. --Paula D'Arcy, Author of Gift of the Red Bird

After abuse, the question becomes, How do we heal? This volume will be of great value to those who have suffered abuse of any kind and are seeking recovery. Shattered Soul? is rich with well-documented factual information about abuse, its effects, and the way people can be healed and restored to a full and happy life. The healthy spirituality expressed by the authors, the page-turning story-telling, and the meditations and exercises to encourage deep inner work will significantly benefit victims of abuse. I highly recommend, Shattered Soul? as a priceless aid to the healing journey for those who have suffered abuse and those who walk with them. --Lyn Doucet, Co-author of When Women Pray

Shattered Soul? sets out to offer sensitive and healing guidance for the victims of abuse and trauma along the pathways of courage, anger, grief, forgiveness and transformation to the restoration of a healthy sense of personal value and relationship with God. But this is a book of relevance and importance also for others whose capacity to trust in God and grow spiritually has been impaired. The personal testimonies of the five soul friends are shocking in the enormity of their suffering but they are also an inspiration to transcend the pain and find meaning and purpose in wounds. And who amongst us is not wounded? If not by major abuse, then perhaps by the lesser but persistent everyday pinpricks of a seemingly hostile world? In such a world, the reader is reminded, soul-mates are invaluable. Way Stations wayside shrines along the path to soul recovery prompt us to pray, and walking meditations point the way to coming to terms with our injury and ultimately finding the spiritual gifts that can be born of it. Shattered Soul? is a salutary reminder that the pathways of comfort and healing remain open to us all. --Kathryn Spink, Author of Mother Teresa: An Authorized Biography

After abuse, the question becomes, How do we heal? This volume will be of great value to those who have suffered abuse of any kind and are seeking recovery. Shattered Soul? is rich with well-documented factual information about abuse, its effects, and the way people can be healed and restored to a full and happy life. The healthy spirituality expressed by the authors, the page-turning story-telling, and the meditations and exercises to encourage deep inner work will significantly benefit victims of abuse. I highly recommend, Shattered Soul? as a priceless aid to the healing journey for those who have suffered abuse and those who walk with them. --Lyn Doucet, Co-author of When Women Pray

The more I read Shattered Soul? the more I can see its importance and value not only for those who have been on the receiving end of specific abuse and trauma but for others whose capacity to trust in God and grow spiritually has been impaired. --Kathryn Spink, Author of Mother Teresa: An Authorized Biography

About the Author

Patrick Fleming is a psychotherapist and personal coach specializing in the treatment of abuse and trauma, sexual addiction and compulsivity, couples counseling, and the integration of spirituality and psychology. Shattered Soul?: Five Pathways to Healing the Spirit After Abuse and Trauma is his second book. Previously, Fleming co-authored Broken Trust: Stories of Pain, Hope, and Healing from Clerical Abuse Survivors and Abusers. He has been a parish priest, a hospital chaplain, workshop presenter, a hospice counselor and a psychotherapist for twenty-seven years, and lives in St. Louis, MO with his wife and co-author Sue.

Sue Lauber-Fleming is a psychotherapist and personal coach specializing in working with survivors of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. She has been a mental health nurse, hospital chaplain, and workshop presenter. Shattered Soul? is her second book. Previously, Lauber-Fleming co-authored Broken Trust. She has raised five wonderful children and is the proud grandmother of ten, and great-grandmother of two. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband and co-author Pat.

Vicki S. Schmidt has been involved in missionary outreach work since her early teens. Since 1999, she has served as Executive Director of Theresians International, a global Catholic women s organization founded in 1961 in Pueblo, Colorado. Schmidt lives in Springfield, Illinois.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: WordStream Publishing (September 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193575808X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935758082
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an awesome book. This is a well thought out and written book. I love the way it is organized with lovely activities and interaction. So far it has been a warm, loving, and gentle. I am actually looking forward to navagating this journey. It seems like a well balanced blend of information, personal stories, and guidance. I like that it has spiritual references without feeling religous. Again it has been a great book.
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So many books of the self-help variety tend to either be quick fixes or smear icing over a very deep wound. This very insightful book clearly elicits the hurt and long-lasting effects of one who is a victim. However, it is unique in spelling out distinct paths one must walk to become whole again. It is a timeless recipe for healing the soul and would be an effective tool in the hands of any teacher or counselor. The most significant sections of each chapter are the "Way Stations". What person on a spiritual journey could not find peace and growth by practicing these guided meditations?

It is not enough to receive compensation or counseling after abuse, but one must work to renew and restore health to the psyche. This book is a phenomenal aid to do just that. I recommend it even as a classroom text and definitely as a basis for group work for victims of abuse.
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Not sure why some did not find this book helpful. It isn’t a quick read or offering a quick fix. "Shattered Souls" contains powerful tips and suggestions for overcoming trauma.

This book tells the stories of 5 people all who have had very different experiences. Their stories are told in a way that vividly depicts the fear and shame many of us experience as a result of trauma. As I read Sue's story, I felt the same fear, shame and confusion that the little girl in the book felt so many years ago. I never experienced sexual abuse so I was surprised her story had such an impact on me. I realized the trauma was different, but my reaction to the trauma was much the same. The reaction was a paralyzing feeling you get when the rug is pulled out from underneath you, taking you by surprise. You end up in a different place than you were just moments before. As a young child it is difficult to understand and connect those moments that indelibly change us.

Following her trauma Sue shared how as a young girl she found emotional safety in “avoiding being seen or noticed”. I believed a lie to help me deal with my experiences as well. That emotional safety lie I told myself was at the expense of my true self. The lie is like a tiny thread that ends up weaving in and out of my life; sometimes hidden but always present. “Shattered Souls” goes beyond emotional healing and encourages one to search for spiritual healing as well. “Shattered Souls” challenged me to go a little deeper and search how trauma changed me from the way God created me. I need to trust God as I pull that tiny piece of thread.
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It's hard to explain, but this book was not what I expected & it wasn't helpful to me to deal with my personal traumatic issues.
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