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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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"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
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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.
In particular, she reaffirms the wisdom that good character can endure -- and be more important even than physical survival -- under circumstances that test body and mind alike. From my secular perspective, I'd say the peace she describes saints knowing even in the face of death is akin to the phenomenon Socrates was likely describing when he claimed that no harm can really befall a good man. There are parts of us that attackers cannot ultimately reach.
At the same time, informed by modern psychology and some of her own bad experiences as a child, Eden sees that certain formative experiences can set even a good person on a bad, deformed path -- especially if they do not understand how those experiences perturbed their course in life. Perhaps the most interesting insight in the book, to my mind, is Eden's observation that in her twenties, when she was a New Agey agnostic and trying to lose herself in casual sex, traditional religion (whether I believe its core supernatural claims or not) would have advised her to exercise greater self-control and think about the state of her soul -- whereas her (more modern) psychiatrist, no doubt with the best of intentions, cheered her on, applauding her exploration and self-discovery.Read more ›
Though as the title suggest this is not just the telling of a tragedy, but the hope and faith she later found and how the lives of the saints have also helped her in healing. She wisely I believe does not dwell in details of what happened to her but gives a biography of her life and how specifically as a convert to the Catholic Church she was more able to come to grips with what happened and the effects on her life.
After her parents divorce when she was a child she lives in what she describes as a "sexually porous" atmosphere. She writes of this quite frankly, but also admits not all of the details of what she remembers line up with what her mother remembers. But her recollections of her mother walking naked about the house with her boyfriend give some reference to the atmosphere she encountered along with the spiritual journey of her mother which had passed through the New Age movement at some points.
The help she sought in years of psychiatry also did not bring about the healing she required as her sexual aggressiveness was not seen as a problem, but as something positive.
Now as a long time reader of her blog The Dawn Patrol I was already somewhat familiar with her conversion to Christ. When I started to first read her blog she was a pro-life Protestant blogger and so I followed with interest her growing attraction with the Catholic Church and ultimately her coming into the Church.Read more ›
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Very helpful. I was disappointed when it ended, but have begun her second book Remembering God's Mercy.Published 2 months ago by Maliya
This work is excellent in content, tone, gentleness in delivery, truthful in the struggle. I have read many works on this horrific subject, and I can say that I have never... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Debby from NJ
Book arrived in condition described - nearly new. This book is a great read for anybody who has been abused or wants to understand what abused people go through.Published 12 months ago by Cheryl A. Cowan
I liked Dawn's book and her stories in there. I have been looking for a Catholic focused book on this topic for a while and hadn't been able to find one. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jon
This book is the first of its kind. For too long have the 'experts' in psychology tried to categorize, define, redefine, and propagate their opinions on the lives of victims of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Clare Thérèse Wong
Awesome awesome book!!! A total MUST READ for anyone who has been through any kind of abuse.Published 13 months ago by CatholicMom