Hope and Healing Are at Hand
Extraordinary emotional pain cries out for something more than a Band-Aid, a pat on the shoulder, or a greeting card clichÉ. When the wounds go deep, real help, honest encouragement, and tangible healing may be hard to locate. But it is there to find, and the search is worth the effort. Compassionate and experienced counselors Dr. Steve Stephens and Pam Vredevelt, LPC, have walked alongside women in pain for years—they’ve heard the stories, seen the tears, felt the pain, and entered into the devastation. They’ve also seen how wounded women can step out of darkness into hope, regain their feet, restart their lives, recover their energy, and even reclaim their joy. Real-life stories and proven, practical counsel serve as powerful tools to help you recover from past and present wounds, moving you into a new season of productive living.
Hope Is Here
“My pain is too deep for a Band-Aid.”
“Will this heartache ever end?”
Today is your day…a fresh season of living has arrived.
Coming alongside as faithful friends, Dr. Steve Stephens and Pam Vredevelt meet you in the depths of your circumstances and uncover the pathway to healing. They offer an opportunity to regain your feet, restart your life, recover your energy, and reclaim your joy.
These real-life testimonies and proven, practical counsel will guide you toward complete recovery and inspire you to press forward in newfound strength—not in spite of your wounds, but because of them.
“I believe this is one of the most important books ever written for women. Every page is filled with nurturing wisdom and refreshing hope. At last, for every wounded woman, there is a pathway out of the hurt and pain.”
-Alice Gray, author of Treasures for Women Who Hope, coauthor of The Worn Out Woman and The Walk Out Woman
Story Behind the Book
The authors are licensed therapists who see an enormous number of women struggling with the same basic issue: wounds that result from living in an imperfect world with imperfect people. “Some are great at hiding their wounds,” they say. “Others are so overwhelmed by them that they are unable to recover and bounce back. We consistently meet women with incredible potential who are stuck in emotional pain. Unable to move forward, their wounds block them from becoming all they can be. We want to help them work through the process of letting go of this pain and progress in healing. The abundant life Jesus promises will be theirs!”
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The Wounded Woman
Chapter OneToo Much Rain
Into each life some rain must fall. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
annette seemed calm. Too calm. She sat in my office and told me that after sixteen years of marriage, she had just discovered that her husband was having an affair.
"Have you talked to him about this?"
"Yes, and he said he was glad I found out and that it has been going on for about a year."
"So what does he want at this point?"
"To divorce me as quickly as possible and marry her," Annette replied, leaning back in her chair.
"Aren't you angry, Annette? Hurt? Depressed?"
"I suppose so," she said, "but I can't afford to waste a lot of energy on this. I've got two children to care for, and they need me to be strong."
Annette was right about one thing. Her children would need her strength. But burying emotions alive isn't a sign of strength. I wanted to cry out: "Get real, woman! Your husband has brutally betrayed you. He's broken your trust. Trashed his vows. He wants to leave you and the kids. Don't pretend everything is fine. Scream! Yell! Cry! Just do something."
We all have wounds. They come with the territory on planet earth. The important issue is not whether or not we are wounded, but rather:
* Which wounds most need my attention?
* How are my wounds affecting me?
* Where am I on the path of healing?
* How can my wounds make me a stronger person?...