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Invincible: The 10 Lies You Learn Growing Up with Domestic Violence, and the Truths to Set You Free Paperback – October 6, 2015
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“I have never shared the fact that I was a child of domestic violence. And, if I had not met Brian Martin, I don’t know if I would have. What appeals to me most about Brian’s approach is that it is based on empowerment. Our experiences as children living with domestic violence have given us the equipment—a secret weapon, if you will—to overcome all kinds of obstacles in our lives. It means we are not victims, we are victorious.”
--Tony Robbins, bestselling author and Peal Performance strategist
“Attention-grabbing and revealing, giving us insight into the world of CDV. It will be a valuable tool for our staff and New York City’s most vulnerable population—its children.”
--Trevor M. Johns, acting associate commissioner, NYC Administration for Children’s Services
“Martin’s kindness shines through this book. And though many purported self-help books often have the stench of the obvious—House too cluttered? Throw out stuff! Overweight? Eat less, move more!—Invincible has the air of honesty and hard work, and the feeling of someone who wants to help. It is not easy reading. It is not pleasant reading. But for anyone who grew up in a violent household, it could very well be the most important reading.”
“After reading Invincible, I was struck by the sheer magnitude of children and adults whose lives are impacted by childhood domestic violence. The stories will touch your heart and make you aware of this huge crisis facing our children throughout the world.”
--Marlene Lund, executive director, Center for Urban Education Ministries
“Packed with inspirational stories of those who through courage and compassion have transformed their lives, this is a helpful book for anyone who grew up living with domestic violence. It shows that it is possible to overcome the obstacles of a childhood filled with violence and move forward.”
--Stephen Joseph, Ph.D., author of What Doesn’t Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth
“Invincible can be a catalyst for change in the lives of millions who grew up living with domestic violence, as it gives them a compelling roadmap on the journey to heal and attain the lives they were always meant to have. It is a valuable resource that can renew their hope and guide them on the path to reaching their full potential.”
--Caryl Stern, CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF
“Invincible is poignant, challenging, illuminating, and compassionate—all at the same time. Brian does a fantastic job of illustrating points with real-life stories and a fresh perspective. The book goes way beyond describing the issue; it provides clear insight into the thinking and behavior patterns that result from these experiences. Readers are not alone.”
--Chris Newlin, M.S., L.P.C., executive director, National Children’s Advocacy Center
From the Inside Flap
What did you learn growing up with domestic violence? Do you know how this has had an impact on your life? How have you dealt with it?
Today, are there certain things about yourself that you wish weren't true? Many of them aren't. They are lies you learned.
Invincible exposes the lies, reveals the truths, and offers the insight and the skills you need to go from feeling and acting:
Guilty to Free
Resentful to Compassionate
Sad to Grateful
Angry to Passionate
Hopeless to Guided
Worthless to Accomplished
Fearful to Confident
Self-Conscious to Attractive
Unloved to Loved
The truth is, no obstacle you will ever face can compare to what you went through as a child and have already conquered. The author is donating all net royalties to the Children of Domestic Violence Foundation (CDV). --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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I am definitely going to add this to my list of books that I suggest to other women that are making it from a place of abuse and loss of personal power to a path of highest potential. It will help anyone on that road know that they are supported and encouraged to create and connect their happiest life possible.
Each section really stood out to me and I liked the way it was presented. Rather than just addressing major concerns as "myths" like a typical self-help book might, the author addresses different arguments as lies people grew up believing. The section on Hopelessness was particularly interesting.
I think anyone can learn from this book and find ways to help themselves, or their children, heal from a domestic abuse case. It is a great place to start or expand the healing process.
This book is one of the best on domestic violence I have ever read and should give everyone who reads it hope that they can break the cycle. Women too often feel that they have no other choice or deserve what they get. This book shows them and men as well, that you do not have to live in abuse.
This book slams home the fact that you do deserve better, that there is more out there than abuse and shame. I would recommend this book to anyone who is or even has been in a relationship peppered with domestic violence. The stories are gripping and Brian sends a clear message that this abuse has to stop and that there is indeed hope for a happier future.
While this book is specially focused on providing healing, transformative information to survivors of domestic abuse, the wealth of information and references for further reading are of interest to anyone who wants to be free of the things that inhibit us from reaching our fullest, happiest potential. This will definitely be one that I’ll return to and pass around to friends.