Utterly honest and encouraging resource: My review of "Not Quite Healed": 40 Truths for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Cecil Murphey and Gary Roe, two survivors of childhood sexual abuse, offer up an utterly honest and encouraging resource for males who have suffered abuse as children. The authors not only share their story, but the stories of dozens of others who have struggled with the after-effects of experiencing abuse. Alongside those stories, the authors examine the struggles and challenges survivors commonly face, such as questioning their sexual identity, dealing with the plague of pornography, or working to replace the complete lies they've believed.
Not Quite Healed is a wonderfully encouraging book, one that takes an honest look at the reality of being a sexual abuse survivor, and yet offers hope that change is possible and victory is attainable through the power of Jesus. Over and over while reading the book, I thought of how amazing these authors are to bare their hearts so fully, and in so doing allow readers to identify with their experiences and their struggles and know that they are normal and that they are going to be okay. Although I did not experience sexual abuse myself, I know others who have, and the stories and guidance that make up this book certainly ring true. I also found the list at the back of the book to be very helpful, a list of the truths and promises of who men are in Christ. The book is easy to read and very practical, and I am certain that countless men will find comfort and guidance in this book as they work to bring the darkness of their past out into the light of God's grace and forgiveness.
I strongly recommend this book and award it 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Kregel, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
about the authors....
Cecil Murphey has written or coauthored more than one hundred books, including the autobiography of Franklin Graham, Rebel with a Cause and the New York Times best-seller 90 Minutes in Heaven. Cecil lives in Georgia.
Gary Roe has been in full-time ministry for thirty years, serving as a college minister, a church-planting missionary in Japan, and a pastor in Texas and Washington. He currently works as a hospice chaplain and interim pastor in Central Texas. He writes a weekly newspaper column and is the co-author (with Cecil Murphey) of Saying Goodbye: Facing the Loss of a Loved One. He has three adopted Colombian daughters who are also abuse survivors.