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Becoming Women of Worth: Stories of Hope & Faith Paperback – November 28, 2014
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5 Stars by Jane Allen Petrick for Readers' Favorite. I prayed the title was just hyperbole: that the true source of worth and confidence would be revealed and glorified inside. He is. Each essay in this well-crafted gem of a book is based upon and introduced with a quote from the bible, the ultimate how-to, self-help manual. And, as C.S. Lewis put it, "Humility isn't thinking less of one's self. It is thinking of one's self less." The voices of the women in Becoming Women of Worth: Stories of Hope and Faith by Kristen Clark express this truth eloquently.
From the Author
The unthinkable happens.
The unimaginable arrives.
The unspeakable occurs.
The trauma presents itself... before we can even register our thoughts.
We find ourselves feeling dumfounded, stunned, and breathless.
Merriam Webster's online Dictionary defines Trauma as a very difficult or unpleasant experience that causes someone to have mental or emotional problems usually for a long time.
The most alarming part about this definition is that "mental or emotional problems" can be incapacitating, while "for a long time" can be daunting.
Have you or a loved one been the victim of rape, abuse, bodily injury, divorce, neglect, violence, war, terrorism, any natural or manmade disaster, an accident, or illness?
Most of us have.
Have you or a loved one suffered from a mental or emotional problem as a result of this trauma?
You're not alone.
WHAT TRAUMA DOES
We all experience various forms of trauma. Unfortunately, trauma leaves a marked impression... on the mind, body, and soul. The brain will work to solve the problem of the trauma by sending messages to our muscles and organs in preparation of fighting or fleeing. At the same time, the mind will work to dissociate, fragment, or shift into denial.
This natural response of the body often leaves us in a state of permanent alert. Everything we've ever known has been lost, and now we remain acutely aware of what's left around us. It can shatter our every sense of security, connection, and hope.
Research has shown that one key to healing from a trauma is to tell our story. Telling our story allows us to make sense of what happened. It helps us:
· Organize the experience
· Transform the unspeakable into the speakable
· Mourn any loss as a result of the trauma
· Rebuild what the trauma destroyed
· Bring awareness and closure to the trauma
Storytelling can be a verbal process, audibly articulating our adventure with family members, personal friends, and loved ones. Storytelling can also be a written process, sharing our experience in a private journal, in a blog post, or as a published inspirational short story.
Psychologically, there's great healing that comes from sharing our own personal life story with others. When we shed light on the trauma by making it known, the trauma no longer defines but instead adds to who we are and who we will be.
Spiritually, there's great healing in writing our story as an offering to God and celebrating all the ways He did for us what we could not do for ourselves.
I want to encourage you to navigate the details of your trauma in an effort to tell your story. Tell your story for you. Tell your story for others. But tell your story.
Before you start writing, ask yourself these questions. Answer them in your mind or on paper, but go through each one and answer it to the best of your ability. Make notes of your feelings and key insights.
· What does your experience mean to you?
· How does your experience explain who you are?
· How have you dealt with loss, grief, or rage?
· How have others responded to you as a result of what you've gone through?
· Do you have a personal philosophy of life based on this past trauma?
· How has this philosophy helped you survive?
· What role did God or your faith play in your experience?
· Based on what you learned as a result of your experience, what would you want to teach others about survival and suffering?
The process of writing our story is cathartic. It is healing. It is the process through which we rediscover ourselves, shed our role as victims, and emerge as survivors. We discover our own strength and the strength God has given us and we prevail. Through our story, we also show others how they, too, can prevail.
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Top customer reviews
Women from all walks of life possess strong character. They overcome many hardships – death of a loved one, betrayal, divorce, addiction, balancing career and family, and various health issues – to name a few. Those who discover Becoming a Women of Worth : Stories of Hope and Faith by Kristen Clark, an inspirational writer and speaker, are indeed blessed. Clark states that “everyone has a story” and that “every story has countless lessons.” Clark’s anthology has a plethora of lessons learned by the women who share their experiences with the reader. The struggles they describe provide hope to women facing what may seem to be insurmountable hardships. Throughout the anthology, the theme of hope and faith resonates. By conquering their greatest obstacles in life, these women of faith provide a wonderful gift to you the reader: You are worthy of God’s love.
Refreshing. Genuine. Honest. I read it from cover to cover and enjoyed it immensely. Small wonder this book won the Reader's Favorite Award.