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Little Girl Lost: One Woman's Journey Beyond Rape Paperback – October 19, 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
Until she was eight, Leisha Joseph lived a happy life in a suburban world surrounded by loving brothers and a caring mother. Her world began to fall apart in her eighth year, when her father died and her mother's mental health began to decline. In the years leading up to high school, Joseph was mentally abused by her mother and physically abused by her mother's boyfriends. When her mother, in a fit of rage, burned down the house and was subsequently placed in a mental institution, Leisha felt abandoned and alone. Attending a Protestant church with a friend, she discovered that the love of God and her newfound religion helped her to overcome her loneliness. In a moment of disillusionment, however, she gave up religion and succumbed to the attractions of drugs until a near fatal overdose drove her back to God. As she began to grow in her new commitment to God, she was showered with many blessings: an engagement to a deeply committed Christian man; participation as a finalist in the Miss Teen USA pageant; graduation with honors from high school. Suddenly, her world was shattered anew, when she was raped in a mall parking lot by a serial rapist. According to Joseph, God intervened to give her the strength to survive her attack as well as to confront her attacker in court. After the attack, Joseph prayed for her attacker and eventually gave him a Bible to demonstrate the depth of God's love for him. Joseph's dramatic and harrowing memoir reveals a faithful and courageous woman seeking to act always according to God's guidance.
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From Kirkus Reviews
woman-survivor who found herself and God in the painful aftermath of rape. Joseph enjoyed a storybook midwestern childhood until she was eight, when her loving father was killed in an engineering accident. His death threw the family in a quandary: Josephs mother sank into a decade-long battle with manic-depression, and Joseph and her three older brothers were left to fend for themselves. But by age 18, the young woman and her family had turned their lives around. Joseph became a model student and committed evangelical Christian, and was elected homecoming queen. Yet her world was about to be torn asunder once again. Shortly after her high school graduation and before her marriage, Joseph was raped at gunpoint in a mall parking lot by a serial rapist who had disabled her car. Joseph again employed her faith to emerge triumphant from this dark, painful time, encouraging the rapists other victims to file charges against him. After his conviction, she continued to struggle with trauma from the rape. Her memoir speaks honestly of her fears of sexual relations with her new husband and the deep anger she had welling inside her, ready to be unleashed on the people she loved the most. Joseph found healing by speaking out about her experience, first to local church groups and eventually to a national audience on the 700 Club. She also testified in another court case (her attacker attempted to rape another woman soon after his speedy parole), even finding the courage to present the rapist with a monogrammed, leather-bound Bible, which she prayed he would read. Moving and very frank, Josephs story will offer courage to many women, Christian and otherwise, who have been victims of rape. (Author tour) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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It is very difficult to deal with depression and flashbacks but Leisha's book assures you that through her spoken testamony that God was there. It was her faith in God that inspires you. Some of us were not raised in christian homes and it shows that God truly loves us through his grace. Rape can happen any where at any time and God does see all. He is a just and loving God despite what happens. Leisha's book has helped me to open up more to others and it is truly a blessing to know that someone else understands your hurt.
When I was reaching out for help I found comfort when reading this book because there is so little on this subject that the church does not talk about. We need to talk about a topic that has wounded so many people out there. If you are a pastor, preacher, evangelist, lay person, councilor, rape victim or even a person who has never been through what she experienced please read this book! It will become a help resource that you can use to help those whom you love whom are rape survivors.
Wow, would I have the courage to do that? I hope I never find out. A story of a tragic childhood at the mercy of
a horribly mentally ill mom, and a dad who died one day at work. In my book, PLAYLADY, I tell of working with
the mentally ill, and this book shows how that looks in the home, not in the mental hospital. Well written, I would
life events that me and her have faced together. Hi, im the stepdaughter of Leisha Joseph. I'm not only giving the book 5 stars because she's my stepmom but, because i have read the book, and it seems, even to a 13 year old like myself, interesting. I think she deserves the 5 stars for, all the hard work she's ever done in her life. Writing a book, writing tons of childrens books like her new Christmas one that just came out. Basically, going on with her life no matter what challenges lie ahead of her, Leisha, is the most loving person i have ever met.