- Audio CD
- Publisher: Oasis Audio; Unabridged edition (June 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1613751230
- ISBN-13: 978-1613751237
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (329 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,569,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Love Isn't Supposed to Hurt Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Christi Paul truly shows the world what’s possible! She bravely shares her journey of making big mistakes, taking responsibility, and creating the life she always dreamed of. If you ever wanted to believe it’s possible to move past someone else’s limited vision for your life, then this book is for you! (Daryn Kagan, national radio host of The Daryn Kagan Show)
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) --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
From the Inside Flap
Words can hurt.
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. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Yes. This book has lots of "God stuff" in it. But unlike some readers, I wasn't put off by it. If the abuse she suffered would have caused her to come to the conclusion that God doesn't exist, I would have still enjoyed the book. The important part of her story is that it is personal. The stuff about God is personal. It's not about proselytizing or converting someone to Christianity. It is just an explanation of how she used faith to help her through a very personal struggle in her life.
For the readers who are upset by the "God stuff", I would argue that perhaps you are not as open-minded as you claim you are. If reading a personal story with elements that you don't necessarily agree with personally causes you to completely write off another person's personal experience, then I would counter with "why do you expect different treatment of your personal story that may not have these elements in it?" If someone wrote off your story, would you call them open or close minded? As with anything, I think it is important to give each other respect and allow each person to have their own personal, unique story. Just some food for thought.
Christi Paul is now a very powerful, successful woman but once years ago she was trapped in an abusive relationship that almost ruined her life. She endured abuse that no one should be forced to accept as normal. As I read this book my brain was screaming: "get out already." But I've read other books about women who have endured a lot more and who were in many bad relationships before they woke up and started to stand up for themselves. Just because a woman is smart does not mean she can't get herself into a terrible situation. For a long time Christi was in denial but eventually she realized she was in danger.
From a psychological viewpoint this book is interesting because it teaches you how a victim thinks. I could not believe that Christi was more concerned about hurting her husband's feelings than she was about her own safety. I also felt a bit angry at the counselor who tried to keep Christi married to a man who did not respect her in any way.
What this book reveals is all the most intimate thoughts a woman thinks when she is a victim of verbal abuse. Part of this book is a spiritual journey and there is a discussion about forgiveness and the positive things that resulted from the conflict in Christi's life. I was amazed at how she was able to find good things that happened to her because of her awful situation. This book reveals a woman's insecurities and her difficult decisions.
I think this would be a good book for all pastors to read. I also think it would give insight to counselors and social workers. I also think it will give a lot of women the courage to leave bad situations. This book explains how there is still hope and you can still find someone to love you after you get out of danger.
I hate to see anyone get a divorce but this book convinced me that verbal abuse is extremely damaging to the psyche. I'm glad the author has found peace and is now happily married.
~The Rebecca Review