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Help for the Fractured Soul: Experiencing Healing and Deliverance from Deep Trauma Paperback – June 1, 2012
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From the Back Cover
The Most Effective, Hopeful Approach to Healing for Survivors of Abuse
When a person is subjected to severe, intentional abuse, the damage is devastating. It is not unusual for the minds of those victimized in childhood to fracture or fragment into different personalities. As a result, adult survivors struggle to function normally, and trust few who attempt to help them--let alone a God who, in their minds, allowed the abuse to happen. So how can they find true healing? And how can you help them?
Candyce Roberts has devoted her life to working with the highly traumatized. In this remarkable book she offers hope and encouragement to those struggling to get free--and to those helping them. She also lays out effective, real-life strategies and tools, including the top ten keys to overcoming trauma that you can put into practice right away, making this a must-have resource for counselors, pastors and healing ministers.
"Candyce is the real deal. In a world where there are lots of unfounded ideas and growing complexity, Candyce shows us that simplicity, love and power are always God's best. You will find this book a refreshing and interesting journey into a world where only those, like Candyce, who know their God, thrive and cause others to do so too. Jump in!"
--Andy Reese, author of Freedom Tools for Overcoming Life's Tough Problems
"Candyce Roberts is the most gifted person I know in regard to helping traumatized people regain the life that was stolen from them in their youth. This book is filled with insights and practical advice tested and proven by years of experience in the healing ministry. It has given me more confidence to pray for the severely wounded."
--Dr. Jack Deere, author and pastor
"I heartily recommend this book to you if you are in any way ministering to or praying for those who have been significantly traumatized, and especially for those of you who love them and need to understand them better. Dr. Roberts's considerable experience has here been presented in a very commonsense, straightforward, readily digestible manner that is easily employed. It will provide you with a solid understanding to meld with your existing ministry foundations that will allow you to broaden your ability to effectively minister to the brokenhearted."
--Jim Banks, founder/director, House of Healing Ministries, Asheville, North Carolina / Campbellsville, Kentucky
"Dr. Candyce Roberts writes, teaches and ministers with undeniable clarity. Few understand the depth of the trauma that she writes about. This topic is often denied, misunderstood or seen as unresolvable. This book is not just educational; it provides hope for any whose lives have been impacted by such tragedy."
--Stephen Johnson, Stephen Johnson & Associates Counseling Center, Lexington, Kentucky
"The most informative book I've read on inner healing. Her simple yet profound examples explain how to help the most traumatized people, yet the principles apply to us all. Candyce has helped countless people in our church and trained up our prayer team. Her book will be a welcome addition!"
--Chuck Snekvik, associate pastor, Greater Boston Vineyard Church
"The book describes the good and bad experiences of a person who ministers to abuse survivors; Roberts shares success stories and also personal accounts of heartbreaking failures. She guides readers through the effective manner that she has developed in leading brokenhearted people to Jesus Christ for healing. The last chapter provides 10 keys to overcoming trauma. Every Christian minister and leader could use these keys as they deal with personal hurt and pain. This volume is an excellent resource for counselors, pastors, church leaders and anyone in any form of prayer ministry....Help for the Fractured Soul is not only for leaders in ministry to adults, but also for those who minister to, pray for, and counsel children, youth and their families." --Foursquare.org
About the Author
Candyce Roberts has spent the last fifteen years in inner healing ministry to survivors of abuse, leading them into the presence of the Lord to experience emotional, spiritual, and physical wholeness. Candyce and her husband, Ray, are committed to living in Kingdom community in Campbellsville, Kentucky, sharing life with their three daughters and sons-in-law and eight grandchildren.
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So, what I like: if you are a Christian, and you believe God has answers for you (or you at least have a small glimmer of hope that He does), and you have things in your past that you are struggling to remember, heal from, understand, or etc, then buy this book. It may just help you in the way you haven't been able to be helped before. If you, or even someone you know and love, are dealing with deep wounds and/or traumas, and don't understand what's going on in your (or their) mind, this book can probably shed some light on things. This book is not ONLY for those who dissociate, although it is heavily geared toward that issue. This book illuminates the heart of the Father to heal and restore the minds, hearts, and lives of His wounded children, no matter how great or small those wounds might be. Here is a caution, though: If you don't believe in God and don't want to, and you're just looking for clinical information or technically-worded, unbiased analyzation of dissociation, this book is NOT IT.
What I didn't like: these are VERY MINOR ISSUES, and really not even worth putting here (I rated it 5 stars for a reason), but the purpose of a review is to tell everything, so here you go: there were one or two things Mrs. Roberts stated as absolutes (ex: "All of someone's inside people can hear me when I talk to them") which I wish could have been worded differently. Perhaps these one or two things have been true IN HER EXPERIENCE, which is how I wish it had been written, but there are no rules that are true all across the board for people who have Dissociative Identity Disorder. People with D.I.D. are all very different from each other and their systems are all unique. One more thing I was disappointed in was that her chapter on physical healing was so short and didn't really go into that much detail about the physical restoration of a body that has held trauma memories inside it. I do understand, though, that it isn't her area of expertise and her specialty is getting people connected to the Father. I just think that the editors could have possibly left that chapter out and let the info contained in it be absorbed into other chapters since it didn't give a lot of recommendations for becoming physically well.
All in all, I give it a rare and coveted 5 stars and I am truly amazed at the way the book was written to give any person an understanding of trauma and inner healing. If you think it is at all relevant to your life, BUY IT. BUY IT NOW. May the Lord bless your journey and bring you to wholeness in Christ.
There are not many books that I read several times, but this will definitely be one.