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Come to terms with your past while moving powerfully into the future.

The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every woman who was sexually abused as a child - and to those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible.

Weaving together personal experience with professional knowledge, the authors provide clear explanations, practical suggestions, and support throughout the healing process. Readers will feel recognized and encouraged by hundreds of moving first-person stories drawn from interviews and the authors' extensive work with survivors, both nationally and internationally.

This completely revised and updated 20th anniversary edition continues to provide the compassionate wisdom the book has been famous for, as well as many new features:

  • Contemporary research on trauma and the brain
  • An overview of powerful new healing tools such as imagery, meditation, and body-centered practices
  • Additional stories that reflect an even greater diversity of survivor experiences
  • The reassuring accounts of survivors who have been healing for more than twenty years
  • The most comprehensive, up-to-date resource guide in the field
  • Insights from the authors' decades of experience

Cherished by survivors, and recommended by therapists and institutions everywhere, The Courage to Heal has often been called the bible of healing from child sexual abuse. This new edition will continue to serve as the healing beacon it has always been.

©1994 Laura Davis (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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Detailed and inspiring

This book had already helped me a lot in the understanding of the process of healing.
There are so many stories of women who overcame severe abuse. A word of caution, the stories are graphic, no sugar-coating, which is at times difficult to listen to.
However, I think it also goes a long way towards normalizing an open dialogue for survivors on things they have never spoken of before.
A must- read for survivors and anyone wanting to pursue counseling for survivors.

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The Research is outdated - you should read a book with better methods that actually help heal.

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Strong information

There are some graphic discussions about sexual abuse that may be difficult for some to hear. However, I feel this book goes a long way to providing a solid foundation and guidance for those who have been or know someone who has been sexually abused.

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more about personal stories than point blank info

too many poems and personal stories
otherwise a good book.I would have liked to hear more information with out deriving it from first hand accounts.

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Excellent book! Real truth! Practical help!

This book is helpful for anyone dealing with abuse issues! It is not for the faint of heart, but if you are looking for some authentic transparency and are tired of the silence and shame and the secrets you’ve had to carry, this is a breath of fresh air! Thankful for all the many stories and for the insight on how to heal!

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Incredible

This book, its authors, and courageous women helped save my life. I owe such deep gratitude.

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Tough content

The subject of sexual abuse is very tough to read about, hear, discuss. This book takes a no nonsense approach to the topic. Many parallels between sexual, physical, and mental/emotional abuse exist, making this a good resource for anyone who has been abused in any manner. The authors take care to give clear definitions to terms and symptoms seen in abuse. Even if you have never been subjected to abuse, this book may be a good read for you, providing you with an understanding of behaviors you may have seen in other people, around you.