Author, pastor, and survivor Dawn Scott Jones candidly shares her own abuse experience to help husbands understand the varied emotions, fears, distorted thoughts, and triggers that hold their wives captive. In practical and accessible language, Jones explains the stages of the healing journey (processing denial, asking for help, grieving, expressing anger, learning to forgive, and finding resolution). Building on that knowledge, Jones then moves to an honest discussion of what husbands can do to help. Whether it's creating a healing environment, understanding the need for control, building trust, or even just praying for healing, a husband plays an active role in helping his wife survive and thrive despite her past abuse.
Offering hope for a healthy marriage relationship, When a Woman You Love Was Abused answers the questions men have and offers the advice they need to help their wives finally find peace.
About the Author, Dawn Scott Jones: For over twenty years God has graciously used Dawn to touch the lives of people through her affecting personal testimony, her humor, and her writing. Dawn’s past challenges have deepened and enriched her ministry; enabling her to truly understand and relate to what others are going through.
Dawn is an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God. She has served in various capacities including Executive Team Pastor, Small Groups Pastor, and Woman’s Ministry Director. Dawn travels Nation-wide speaking, training and consulting.
My Review: At the time that I signed up for this book tour I did not know the subtitle for the book, which is "A Husband's Guide to Helping Her Overcome Childhood Sexual Molestation". While am thankful to say that I never suffered from childhood sexual molestation. 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime*, and I am included. My husband and I have seen the effects this has had on our marriage and while that is often not pretty it has caused us to draw closer to one another. Dawn is able to communicate in an approchable and easy to understand manner what so many women, who are trying to heal from sexual abuse, are going through. I firmly believe that knowledge is power and it is incredibly helpful to have a spouse who understands that while what I am going through is not the "norm" that it is normal for people who have had experiences similar to mine. I am grateful that a book such as this exist, one that is practical and helpful for all the husbands out there who are trying to do the best for their wives who have suffered.
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In coordination with the launch of their fall releases, Kregel will be hosting a live webcast event on September 20 at 8 PM EDT featuring authors Kim Ketola (Cradle My Heart), Teske Drake (Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow), and Dawn Scott Jones (When a Woman You Love Was Abused). The webcast will allow women to come together to share their struggles and fears in order to move toward healing and hope. Women will able to support one another and discuss shared experiences in a non-threatening, open and loving environment.
Cat Hoort of Kregel says, "We are seeking to provide safe means for Christian women to be vulnerable with each other, to seek help and guidance from authors and counselors, and to find encouragement from those who have shared similar experiences. Our hope is that the Women Redeemed webcast will become a forum for hurting women as well as for those who can help. Kim, Teske, and Dawn are all survivors and their stories will surely inspire and equip other women to move toward healing and hope."
To register for the event, just click here.
Disclosure: I received a copy of Mindful of Him free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in order to facilitate a review. All thoughts expressed are 100% my own!
*National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey. 1998.