It takes a lot of courage to overcome the pain and anguish of emotional abuse―and even more to write about it. Thank you, Christi. I have no doubt it will encourage people to find their strength. Every woman should read this book! (Cheryl Burke, ABC's Dancing with the Stars, author of Dancing Lessons)
I’m a big believer in living with an open heart. Christi’s stellar writing and brutal honesty bring you into her pain and invite you to come with her on a journey that proves, whatever your faith, we all have what we need to conquer our fears. (Jane Seymour, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress, author, artist, and designer)
Life can place seemingly insurmountable obstacles in our paths, and it certainly does not go according to “our plan.” This one thing, however, is true: God has a plan, even when we don’t. Christi’s book is a wonderful guide to overcoming those obstacles and living the life we are meant to live. (Nancy Grace, host of HLN's Nancy Grace)
From the Inside Flap
They can also empower.
“I felt like I was being shredded . . . one painful, hateful word at a time.”
Like millions of other women, CNN’s HLN and truTV’s In Session anchor Christi Paul blamed herself for the emotional abuse heaped on her by her first husband, whose violent, profanity-laced tirades left her feeling as though she had no value, no self-worth, and nowhere to turn for help.
Then one day, when Christi was taking refuge in a church parking lot, the verse “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” popped into her head. In that moment she realized she did have someplace to turn after all. Holding fast to her faith, Christi began the arduous process of rebuilding her self-image and regaining control of her life.
Now happily remarried and the mother of three girls, Christi feels called to share her story in the hope that other victims of abuse will find the courage to seek the help they desperately need and deserve.
Written with both candor and poignancy, Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt chronicles Christi’s personal experience with emotional abuse and shows how―with God’s help, some unconventional therapy, and the support of family and friends―she was able to break the cycle of abuse, regain her sense of self-worth, and discover what true love is all about.