My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds With the Help of the Saints - Dawn Eden
My friend Dawn sent me an email informing me the book she has been working on is available today! I rarely promote and never advertise anything on this blog, but Dawn Eden's book is an exception since she confronts very important issues related to sexual abuse - and people need to read what Dawn has to say. What appeals especially to me is that Dawn's work pretty much re-introduces to Catholics the healing power available to those suffering the psychological, emotional and spiritual wounds of sexual abuse, through the intercession of modern and ancient saints acquainted with such suffering. Sharing insights from her own experience, Dawn's work is sure to be a source of hope and understanding both for those recovering from the wounds of sexual abuse and those who may be unaware the harm sexual abuse does to the person who experiences it.
Dawn Eden wrote:
Today is a joyful day for me, as my second book, My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints, is shipped to stores. It'll take a few days or more for the book to arrive in the Amazon warehouse and become available on Kindle, but already it is available for online preview using Amazon's "Look Inside" feature. (The book is also available for pre-order from Barnes&Noble.comand will soon be for sale in the Nook format.)
What's more, my publisher's website is now showing links to the table of contents and "Sample Text" of My Peace. The sample text is the first several pages of the book's introduction, which is also available as a free PDF download.
"The saints show us how renewal works..." - Benedict XVI
Dawn Eden and I corresponded discussing the lives of some of the saints she writes about in her book, as well as sharing some insights regarding the effects of sexual abuse, which can endure even into mid-life and beyond. I think Dawn's work is very important to the Church in our time. The very real companionship and help the saints are ready to provide to those who seek their aid is very much under-rated these days. On Holy Thursday, the Holy Father himself reaffirmed for us the important role of the saints in our lives:
Dear friends, it is clear that configuration to Christ is the precondition and the basis for all renewal. But perhaps at times the figure of Jesus Christ seems too lofty and too great for us to dare to measure ourselves by him. The Lord knows this. So he has provided “translations” on a scale that is more accessible and closer to us. For this same reason, Saint Paul did not hesitate to say to his communities: Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. For his disciples, he was a “translation” of Christ’s manner of life that they could see and identify with. Ever since Paul’s time, history has furnished a constant flow of other such “translations” of Jesus’ way into historical figures. - Benedict XVI, Chrism Mass Homily 2012
I hope you will get this book. Congratulations, prayers, and best wishes to Dawn Eden.
Dawn discusses healing from sexual abuse with Jennifer Fulwiler here.