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My Peace I Give You
Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints
Author: Dawn Eden
Foreword by: Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, S.V.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
On-sale date: April 9, 2012
Dawn Eden, internationally known speaker and author of the bestselling The Thrill of the Chaste, shows how the lives of the saints have given her hope and aided her journey of spiritual healing after childhood sexual abuse. One in four American women and one in six American men report having been sexually abused during childhood and My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints provides a much-needed resource for spiritual healing from the isolating effects of these wounds.
Eden uses her own story as a backdrop to introduce numerous holy people— like Laura Vicuña, Thomas Aquinas and Bernard of Clairvaux—who suffered sexual abuse or sexual inappropriateness, as well as saints such as Ignatius of Loyola who suffered other forms of mistreatment and abandonment. Readers seeking wholeness will discover saints with wounds like their own, whose stories bear witness to the transforming power of grace. Eden explores different dimensions of divine love—sheltering, compassionate, purifying, etc.—to help those sexually wounded in childhood understand their identity in the abiding love of Christ.
"Gift of healing."
"A sensitive and poignant effort to offer the gift of healing to some of the most wounded people of our time, with the aid of the wisdom of the great saints. A book that is both moving and useful."
Rev. James Martin, S.J.
Author of My Life with the Saints
"Hope and healing, rooted in Christ."
"With wisdom, compassion, deep learning, and even deeper faith, Dawn Eden offers hope and healing, rooted in Christ, to victims of childhood sexual abuse in this engaging and timely book."
Rev. R. Scott Hurd
Author of Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach
"A powerful and poignant voice."
"A powerful and poignant voice formulating in words the unspoken cry of the heart from those who have been shamefully abused and violated. Dawn Eden—a victim herself—shows readers that there is healing not in repression or misplaced self-blame, but in hiding in the wounds of Christ"
Alice von Hildebrand
Author of The Privilege of Being a Woman
"Mixes practical advice with inspiration from the lives of the saints."
"Dawn Eden tackles this most difficult of issues with tenderness and grace. She mixes practical advice with inspiration from the lives of the saints, and in doing so reminds us that there are no wounds so deep that the Lord cannot heal them."
Blogger at ConversionDiary.com
"Everybody needs to read this."
"Dawn has done a great service for the twenty-first century Church on this most difficult topic. She is honest without being tawdry. Scholarly without being aloof. Compassionate without being pandering. Devout without being being black and white. Because the whole society has been dropped on its head during the sexual revolution, everybody needs to read this."
Barbara Nicolosi Harrington
The Galileo Forum and Studio at Azusa Pacific University
“An inspired work."
“An inspired work . . . powerfully moving and hope-filled. . . It is my hope that this book may become a resource readily available: in churches, schools, counseling centers, young adult ministries, libraries, and hospitals. Through it may many whose human dignity has been offended come to know their beauty in the eyes of God, and learn to sing in joy of His love and His mercy. I pray that for every reader this book will be an instrument of grace and instruction.”
Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, S.V.
Sisters of Life
"A powerful aid for those who are suffering."
"This is a book that tells the stories of heroic lives and the wisdom of their lived experience of faith. The book can serve as an inspiration for anyone, but it is a powerful aid for those who are suffering. Some of the men and women she covers are well known — such as Augustine of Confessions fame — but others, including St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese-born slave, are less famous than they ought to be."
National Review Online
Patheos interview with Dawn Eden
EWTN Life on the Rock Interview
From sex abuse victim to teenage rock music journalist, now a best-selling Catholic author (Rome Reports)
Dawn Eden on EWTN's The Journey Home