- Paperback: 463 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1st edition (February 28, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780060964375
- ISBN-13: 978-0060964375
- ASIN: 0060964375
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 185 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Courage to Heal Workbook: A Guide for Women and Men Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse 1st Edition
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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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I highly recommend this workbook for survivors and victims of this horrific abuse.
The only reason I give this book a four star is for the cover. There are more calming and pleasing to the eye things you can do than slap caution sign yellow on a book meant to help you work through trauma. I'm an artist so looks of products mean more to me I feel than most people. That and it sticks out like a sore thumb on my bookshelf, so despite wanting this to be a book only for my own use, a lot of people are drawn to the vibrant flashy yellow when looking over my book collection.
1) This break-through book and the regular Courage to Heal Book, also sold on Amazon (hand-in-hand),
2) Bellruth Naparstek's CD's with guided imagery and affirmations for Depression (also sold on Amazon--the reviews tell the story of this wonderful tool), and
3) EMDR therapy, which is a form of therapy that has recently been proven in clinical studies to help substantially with PTSD (you can read about it on WebMD and other sites); it's a pretty amazing process.
I clung to my Courage to Heal book and workbook during the most difficult years of healing, and it lit my path. During times when I felt I was staring down a bottomless pit of despair, these books gave me hope. It helped so much to hear choruses of voices of other survivors, who almost became like friends. And it helped me understand my trauma in larger social and political contexts. I wasn't alone. The book and workbook helped me start writing, thinking, feeling, and creatively working my way through events that had scarred me well into my 40's.
Now I buy these books and Bellruth Naparstek's CD's for my students who have gone through this trauma. As the author says, it's often important for survivors of child sexual abuse to get therapy as well, and I found that was necessary. Therapists range widely in their talents and abilities to deal with this issue. Often, this book was much better than the quality of therapy I could get. At the same time, an outstanding therapist could take me light years forward, and of course EMDR therapy has recently come along as a powerful tool if you can afford it. Through it all, these books have been my soul's companion. None of this is easy, thanks to the brutality of people who do unthinkable things at the batting of an eye that can devastate a young soul for a lifetime, but we can rebuild our lives and get free of the power they have over us.