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Not Marked Paperback – December 28, 2015
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If you met Mary DeMuth today, her joy would confuse you. Who she has become in light of tragedy is a testimony of Jesus s ability to transform a broken life. A child of three divorces, a victim of sexual assault at a young age, with a father who died when she was ten, Mary wanted to end her life in her teens. In the tenth grade, she heard about Jesus, and she knew she wanted to chase after Him for the rest of her life. Thankfully, He chased her. Mary is the author of thirty books, including her latest: The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels. She has spoken around the world about God s ability to uncage a life, bringing needed freedom to her audiences. She s been on the 700 Club, spoken in Munich, Cape Town, and Monte Carlo, and planted a church with her family in southern France. Her best work? Being a mom to three amazing young adults and the wife of nearly 25 years to Patrick. She makes her home in Dallas alongside her husband, and two dueling cats. Find out more at marydemuth.com
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This offering is not for the faint of heart. Though DeMuth does not go into great detail about the sexual abuse that happened to her as a five year old, the horror of what those boys did to her cannot be escaped while reading. Nor should it be, which is why those who have not been abused ought to read this book too. The text forces us to realize–at least on a microscopic level–the daily hell that abuse victims live with.
DeMuth’s choice to vulnerably disclose not only what happened to her but how it has affected her for the past forty plus years is more than remarkable; the book is like an oxygen mask which she offers to those who have been near death from asphyxiation. Again and again, she humbly grants us permission to peer into her world, her marriage, her family. And she does not skim the surface but bravely plumbs the depths.
DeMuth also makes it clear that when we come to Jesus with our wounds, it’s not an under the blood, over the river, and through the woods experience that may Christians would lead us to believe. She writes, “Healing is layers. Healing is time. Healing is excruciating.... There is no passive healing. If you want healing, you have to pursue it.” And she has. While DeMuth admits that she has not completed this journey, her life bears clear testimony to the power of the gospel in bringing hope and healing to anyone willing to cry out for help and then engage in the long-term work of healing. Again, it’s not just the victims of sexual abuse who need to be saved–we all do.
What we usually do not see is the psychological, emotional and spiritual toil the abuse and the loss of trust in adult caretakers imposes on the victims. Mary offers us a window into those wounds and the devastating effects they have on all aspects of the victim’s life, often for the rest of her life. As Mary puts it, these scars leave the victim feeling “marked.” As Mary describes it, it feels like an “imprinted sexual abuse mark, a beacon inviting others to abuse you, a reminder to you and other that you carry secret shame. It seems so permanent, more indelible than a Sharpie pen’s ink, as if the sexual abuse was pierced underneath your skin like a tattoo.” It is a mark that has led many victims spiraling into despair, depression and even death, as Satan has imprinted his lies into their lives, convincing them than they are beyond hope.
Mary shows us that it does not need to be that way. That is the overarching message of this book. Mary shows us that if we place our trust in Jesus, then He will walk with us on a healing journey that will lead to wholeness, restoration and redemption. Mary offers a poignant illustration: Imagine that you are walking along with the scarlet mark fully visible on your forehead. People point at it, snicker, flirt or try to seduce you. Despite your best efforts, you cannot erase the mark, so you begin to walk with your head down, watching your feet. “Suddenly you almost run into Someone, spying sandaled feet on the sidewalk in front of you. You look up and catch the gaze of Love. Jesus weeps as He sees your mark. He wipes His tears, then takes His hand, still wet from tears, and washes away the mark. No evidence of the mark remains---it’s been washed away.” You are unmarked, free. That is the promise of true healing that Mary presents in an honest and winsome way. It is not an easy journey and will not succeed unless the victim and those she loves intentionally pursue healing. However, it is a fruitful and worthwhile endeavor, one that will lead you out of the darkness into the Light of healing, hope and eternal life.
If you are ready to live freely and unmarked, or you are ready to offer that hope to someone you love, Mary’s book is the place to begin. Find out more at [...] .
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