Healing in The Hurting Places Book Review

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The Jerry Sandusky trial stunned more than just those on Penn State’s campus. It stunned the nation. When the case closed and justice was handed down, the victims were the ones left to pick up the pieces.

Karen F. Riley knows their plight. While the young men from the trial will encounter a myriad of psychologists, gurus, & such, Karen has found the solution for healing- faith. Relying on her faith in Christ has allowed her to persevere.

Family members and others who wish to help abuse victims often find themselves blank on the words to say. Karen offers practical suggestions on these very important dos & don’ts. Her message is full of hope and victory. She has learned a great deal about herself and being an overcomer. It is easy to slip into PTSS after such trauma. But, to hear encouragement from someone who has overcome such trauma is certainly an inspiration.

While it is definitely personal and transparently honest, it spares us scenes of a graphic nature. Abuse is an uncomfortable topic. Adding needless description makes it more so. Gracefully, she spares us from this. How brave she is to pen this story!

She’s done a marvelous job articulating exactly what she intended to. Serving as added inspiration is her dedication to her faith. She makes no other claims for her spiritual answers. She credits God completely for her renewal. From a self-deprecating victim to a tall-standing survivor, her story is told step by painful step.

There’s no doubt that victims’ lives will be changed through her story. Families are provided with answers as she gives tell-tale signs to be aware of. This may prove to be a valuable asset to someone, somewhere.

Such an honest and brave book deserves 5 of 5 stars and applause for Karen F. Riley.

Bible verses & references are from the NIV version from www.zondervan.com. More info on Karen & her writing can be found via www.destinyimage.com the publisher. I was provided with 1 eBook to write the review without any other compensation. As always, my opinions are my own.

Liz Terek is a book reviewer, housewife and homeschooling Mom of 3 sons. She lives in a very rural area and is actively involved in the local church and in community needs projects.