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The Courage to Heal Workbook: A Guide for Women and Men Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Paperback – February 28, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0060964375 ISBN-10: 0060964375 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 463 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1st edition (February 28, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060964375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060964375
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Laura Davis is the author of The Courage to Heal Workbook, Allies in Healing, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be, and I Thought We'd Never Speak Again. She teaches writing and lives with her family in Santa Cruz, California.


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Laura Davis is the author of seven non-fiction books, including The Courage to Heal, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be and I Thought We'd Never Speak Again. Laura's groundbreaking books have sold more than 1.8 million copies around the world. Laura has also worked as a columnist, talk show host, radio reporter, radio producer, blogger, editor, and speaker. Words have always been at the core of her work and her self-expression.

She says, "Writing has been a companion of mine my whole life. I have used words to understand myself, to express myself, to provoke, to educate, to inspire, to make my mark in the world. I've been an author seven times over, a talk show host, a news reporter, a workshop leader, a speaker, a blogger, a columnist, and a writing teacher. Everything I've ever done has focused on communication, using words--both spoken and written--to open hearts and minds. For as long as I can remember, I've always been an agent of change. Although my pathway keeps changing, words are always at the center."

Currently, Laura leads weekly writing groups and memoir writing retreats in the Santa Cruz, CA region, as well as in Bali and Scotland, and she has been mentoring and supporting writers for the past 20 years.

It is truly the work of her heart: "I love teaching. I love watching my students find their natural voice and their rhythm. I love it when they find their true stories and discover the courage to put them on the page. I feel like a midwife as my students birth their stories, and I feel honored to witness their bursts of creativity and pure life energy pouring out on the page. Our writing circles are safe places where skills are honed, tears and laughter are welcome, and each writer is seen, heard and deeply known."

Laura leads weekly writing groups and memoir writing retreats in the Santa Cruz, CA region, as well as an annual summer writing retreat in Bolinas, California, a two-week long writing and yoga retreat in Bali, 10 days in a Scottish castle, and other international retreats.

Laura has created and moderates a vibrant online writing community. She sends free weekly inspirational quote and writing prompt, called the Writer's Journey Roadmap each week. Readers can post their written responses to the weekly prompts online. To learn more about Laura, her books or her workshops, visit Laura's website.

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Customer Reviews

This is a very therapeutic workbook.
kate
This is a difficult book to work with, it will change your world forever, and it will change for the better.
Olga Redmon
Highly recommend for therapist use as well as for individual survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Wendy L. Manto

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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
The Courage to Heal Workbook (and it's companion book) are the best books I have read on the subject of healing from Child Sexual Abuse. And I have read a lot! This book does as it's title suggests - it encourages the growth of courage in dealing with difficult issues. While the work is challenging, it is also very hopeful. I have developed new coping skills and I have improved my relationship with myself and with others. With the help of this book and it's companion I feel I am getting to a place where dealing with my past abuse is manageable rather than overwhelming, as it has felt in the past. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a survivor of childhood sexual assault. It is a fantastic resource.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Victoria (did123@earthlink.net) on November 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
A friend suggested this book when I struggled with my memories of childhood/adult incest and sexual abuse. It helped me realize I was not "crazy!" I have had this book for many years now, and have read alot of books on abuse. I believe this is the best book I've ever read to aid in my recovery. It was a difficult book to read, but worth it, as it has made me aware of many of the issues that I did not even realize existed. As a person with DID(MPD)I blocked alot out. This book helped me to come to terms with my abuse. For the first time I read "You don't have to forgive!"
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2000
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I have used this book for about 4 years now...both in therapy and on my own....it has been an excellent tool for helping to develop new coping skills and for learning more about myself...me....and the kind of support that i have/need.....I HIGHLY recommend that you have some kind of support when doing this workbook....because it can be very intense....but it's worth it....
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. L. allen on August 1, 2005
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I purchased this book on recommendation of my therapist. I am a survivor of emotional, physical and sexual child abuse. I almost killed myself during the last year. After having 4 doctors, who did not know my childhood background, recommend I get into therapy, I finally did. I am reading tons of books and filling out the courage to heal workbook, as I start addressing these childhood tradgies. The most important thing I have gained from the book so far, I'm not crazy, I'm not alone (the numbers are staggering), my negative behavior can be modified, and I can possibly find peace and stop negatively impacting all the people I come in contact with. Iif you are a survivor, or suspect that you are, read this and anything else you can get your hands on. You deserve to have what happened to you validated and to seek help to improve your life and peace. Thanks to all the people out there that can say "INCEST" and are trying raise public awareness and provide support so all of us survivors can heal and stop the pain. I am 49 years old, female and was sexually violated by two offenders. I talked about the first offender, my uncle, when I was 18, it got swept under the rug and basically justified by saying I was mentally unstable. The memories of my father are just now presenting themselves. Your not crazy and it's not your imagination, and this book does a fantastic job explaining and showing how badly this affects your adult life and especially your relationships.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1998
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The courage to heal workbook was recommended to me by my therapist. Together we worked through the book. It made me think of things that I had for gotten. I started to realize just how much damage was done to me because of my abusers. This book has helped me more than I can say. I now realize why I started drinking more and have become addicted.I still work with my therapist every two weeks and we have made great progress because of this book. I recommend this book for surivors.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 1998
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This workbook is an excellent tool for survivors of any type of abuse to use during their healing process, whether the journey to healing has just begun or the traveler has been on the road to healing for a while. I shared this book with my therapist, she said she was going to recommend it to me but I had beat her to it! This book can be worked on alone or with support groups or partners. I recommend the companion book as well, but this book can be used alone.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1999
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Laura Davis' knowledge of sexual abuse is again astounding. Revelating, passionate, delving deep into the psyche of the person working the book she gives real options to becoming whole sexually, mentally, and relationship-wise. If you buy only one book in your life (and as a fellow survivor), I recommend this one even over her first book of a similar title.
In addition, people without sexual abuse may find the book very invigorating sexually for releasing themselves from other subtle forms of not enjoying the rapturious joys of sex. Identiy, sexuality, and love are completely and candidly discussed. Well-written and self-redeeming!
...and she does it all with style, class, and a formative authenticity!
Felecia Constance Rowe, Executive Director, The Institute for Advanced Mind Research
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Darlene Bell on June 30, 2006
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Just as The Courage to Heal was my Bible in helping me get through the crisis stage of sexual abuse revisited, helping me to decipher what it was I was feeling, and that it was perfectly normal, probably more normal than anything in my life ever had been, and letting me know what I may be going through next, and how people might react to me, ect.....This Courage to Heal Workbook is my homework in learning to become the person I should have started out as. I do a chapter a day, but you can do it a chapter a week, or at your own pace. Pre-reading The Courage to Heal is not necessary, either. It's all self-explanatory. Encourages one to give lots of deep thought to differing topics and to answer honestly and in depth. I strongly recommend this workbook to anyone struggling to heal the wounds of childhood sexual abuse. It allows you to get to know the real you inside all of the protective layers that have been unconsciencously piled on over the years....not who you want people to know, but who you really are, and who you were really meant to be. A bright shining star!
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