Reading Resources

5. Healing the Scars of Childhood Abuse

Healing the Scars of Childhood Abuse: Moving beyond the Past into a Healthy Future by [Jantz, Gregory L. Ph.D., McMurray, Ann]Healing the Scars of Childhood Abuse: Moving Beyond the Past into a Healthy Future
Authors: Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D. and Ann McMurray

The deep pain of childhood abuse--whether physical or emotional, whether a child was neglected or wished nothing more than to be left alone--doesn't just go away. There's simply no just getting over it. Even if no physical scars remain as evidence of the victim's suffering, the deep wounds on their minds, hearts, and souls are still there. But it is possible to become whole and happy.

Author of the successful Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse, Dr. Gregory Jantz now helps readers understand the effects of childhood abuse on their emotional, intellectual, physical, relational, and spiritual health. He then outlines the steps to lasting healing, including grieving what was lost, learning to balance emotions with intentionality, regaining a positive relationship with one's own body and mind, and coming to an understanding of God not as a frightening authority figure like the abuser or an accusing judge, but as a loving creator, redeemer, and friend.