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My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints Paperback – May 14, 2012
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"Eden describes the lives of canonized saints and saints in waiting ... revealing how and why each one offers hope for abuse victims today. By doing so, she breaks through the artificial barriers often placed between us and those mighty representatives of God."-- William Doino, Jr., Inside the Vatican
"Dawn Eden tackles this most difficult of issues with tenderness and grace. She mixes practical advice with inspiration from the lives of the saints, and in doing so reminds us that there are no wounds so deep that the Lord cannot heal them." --Jennifer Fulwiler, Blogger at ConversionDiary.com
"It is my hope that this book may become a resource readily available: in churches, schools, counseling centers, young adult ministries, libraries, and hospitals. I pray that for every reader this book will be an instrument of grace and instruction." --Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, S.V., Superior General, Sisters of Life
"Filled with wisdom and compassion, My Peace I Give You is Dawn Eden's gift to victims of childhood sexual abuse and anyone struggling with hurts inflicted by others. She offers inspiration from saints who were themselves abused but found healing in Christ, through whose wounds we too can be healed." --Rev. R. Scott Hurd, Author of Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach
"A sensitive and poignant effort to offer the gift of healing to some of the most wounded people of our time, with the aid of the wisdom of the great saints. A book that is both moving and useful." --Rev. James Martin, S.J., Author of Between Heaven and Mirth
About the Author
Dawn Eden, a former rock journalist and New York Post headline writer, is the bestselling author of The Thrill of the Chaste. Since the publication of her second book, My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints, she has shared her message of redemptive suffering and spiritual healing with audiences in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Having received her sacred-theology licentiate in 2014 from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies, she is currently studying toward a doctorate at the University of St. Mary of the Lake.
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It took me nearly fifty years to understand that my having been sexually abused as a child affected me in more ways than one. Dawn Eden explains, offering both affirmation and hope. She speaks of one man suffering also from his "family's failure to provide him with protection"...and she speaks of our need as children for belonging and identity...and of "the lonely sense of isolation that is the result of having one's self-image disfigured by abuse".
Dawn applies her knowledge of theology and the lives of the saints to the suffering we have in our own lives in ways that I hadn't understood in my forty plus years of being a committed Catholic. Even though I already knew many of the saints whose stories she included, she presented them with fresh clarity and insight.
Dawn does not minimize either our past suffering or the effects of past abuse, as she shares her story and the stories of saints with delicacy and compassion. Yet, at the same time, she shows us God's great love and how he heals us THROUGH our wounds.
My emotions in reading this book were relief in understanding more clearly, and overall, a sense of hope and joy.
I don't know how the author pulled this off. Just be prepared to read each chapter slowly. Each usually incorporates histories of the lives of one or two saints (e.g. St Josephine Bakhita and St Thomas Aquinas) and shows what they suffered and offered to God, Intertwined with their stories is the story of the life of the author and what she suffered as a child, and her conversion to Catholicism. The voice of this author is kind; I would feel comfortable talking with her. A book to keep and grow with!