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Paperback On the Threshold of Hope : Opening the Door to Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse Book

ISBN: 0842343628

ISBN13: 9780842343626

On the Threshold of Hope : Opening the Door to Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

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On the Threshold of Hope offers hope and healing to men and women who have been traumatized by sexual abuse. Dr. Langberg's insights and the quotations from many survivors assure readers that they are not alone and that Christ, the Redeemer, can heal their deep wounds. Through stories, Scripture, questions, and encouragement, Dr. Langberg walks with survivors on the road to healing through Christ's love and power.

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Crossing the Threshold

"On the Threshold of Hope" is a unique book. As a seminary professor training pastors, professional counselors, and lay encouragers, it's often difficult to find books that are biblically sound, therapeutically insightful, personally authentic, and relationally powerful. Langberg has accomplish all of this and more. She derives her title from the tragic biblical story of the Levite (priest) who allowed his concubine to be raped throughout the night by the men of Gibeah. As Langberg tells it, "Sometime during those early morning hours, she died, lying at the door of the house with her hands on the threshold" (p. 11). So begins the chilling, yet compelling saga of four voices ("a chorus of voices" as Langberg puts it): the author's voice, the voice of survivors, the voice of the reader, and the voice of the Redeemer. Langberg blends these four voices into a harmony, a symphony of healing. Together they tell the story of the damage done and the healing offered physically, emotionally, rationally, relationally, and spiritually. For entering into the story, the very soul of the abuse victim, there is no better book. Period. Reviewer: Dr. Robert W. Kellemen is the author of "Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," "Spiritual Friends: A Methodology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," and the forthcoming "Sacred Companions: A History of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."

Read America...Learn

After the press told the story of little Carlie Brucia, I believe this book should have been purchased by everyone. This book gives insight and teaches us caution not just for ourselves but for our children. this is a marvelous book. I want to recommend to the reading audience a couple of other books, NNIGHTMARES ECHO, LOST BOY and THE PRIVILEGE OF YOUTH. Please read and learn what can happen to a child right under our noses and also make sure to read Threshold Of Hope..so you will know some of what is needed to protect.

To understand the affects of abuse and WHO can heal them....

I would highly recommend reading this book. In the 10+ years that I have been reading about and dealing with the subject of sexual abuse - this is the first book that speaks directly to the heart and soul of a victim. Dr. Lanbergs ability to identify with how you are feeling and ability to show you scripture as to why it will all be OK - is comforting! This is the first time I have ever felt any hope that there will be an end to all this pain. If you are a friend of someone who has been abused - this book will help you see the ways in which you can help someone through their pain - please read this book! I finally feel hopeful for the first time in 28 years!

A tool every counselor and survivor needs.

This book offers excellent steps for healing the damage as a result of sexual abuse. The author has included very concise and practical steps on the path to healing the wounds that result from sexual abuse. The steps are difficult and painful at times, yet the author is very supportive and encouraging throughout the process. I especially liked the short chapters. As the suthor suggests this format helps the survivor from becoming overwhelmed. I would strongly encourage anyone working through this book to take the author's advice and work on this material in the context of a safe relationship. Do not try to walk this path on your own.

a sensitive, informative handbook for sexual abuse survivors

Dr. Diane Langberg has written a sensitive, informative handbook for survivors of child sexual abuse which draws on over 25 years of experience in counseling women and men who were subjected to the cruelest forms of abuse. Written from a Christian perspective, the book offers practical guidance and information about recovery as well as spiritual consolation and encouragement. There is also a chapter for those who are "walking beside" survivors with good advice for how to nurture, comfort and encourage. I am a pastoral counselor who works with adolescent and adult survivors of sexual abuse, and I highly recommend this book and Dr. Langberg's other book, Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse. I have attended seminars on sexual abuse that Dr. Langberg has taught, and I found her to be extremely knowledgeable as well as perceptive and sensitive about this difficult issue.
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