Child Sexual Abuse Books and Abandonment Books
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The books with a review from Amazon are the ones I have not yet had the chance to obtain a review copy. They have however been recommended to me by professionals in the field as well as consumers.
Adult Children of Abusive Parents : A Healing Program for Those Who Have Been Physically, Sexually, or Emotionally Abused by Steven Farmer "The violent forms of child abuse that make headlines are not the only ones that leave lifelong scars. A child who grows up in an unstable environment where empathy, clear boundaries and trust are lacking, can end up living a ravaged adulthood. Children can be crippled by mixed messages, family secrets and reversed parent-child roles. Many victims of these practices are not even sure their childhood was abusive. This balanced, practical guide delineates traits of abusive families. Narrative vignettes in each section illustrate and personalize critical issues. Most valuable is the step-by-step self-help program that includes exercises and journal work for recovery."
Allies in Healing : When the Person You Love Was Sexually Abused As a Child, a Support Book by Laura Davis "I read this book when an ex-love told me he had been sexually abused as a child. It was a revelation as to why our relationship had such strange dynamics. The book clues you in on the effects of abuse, the healing process and what to expect from your partner. If you are wondering at all about the effects and consequences of childhood sexual abuse READ THIS. The book is also quite good at addressing the abuse of both men and women, making it useful for anyone in a relationship with a survivor. VERY HONEST AND REVEALING READ. "
Alone and Forgotten : The Sexually Abused Man by Rod Tobin "In 1992, therapist Rod Tobin began working with male survivors of sexual abuse. Half of the men treated came from the general public; the other half had suffered abuse at boy's training schools. In Alone and Forgotten, he examines the major symptoms of sexually abused men, and explains how society's perceptions and the survivor's healing process differ from that of their female counterparts. This book offers a positive process of healing for male survivors of sexual abuse."
Beginning to Heal: A First Book for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass, Laura Davis "This title packs alot of support and positive words toward the abuse victim. Chapter topics include HEALING IS POSSIBLE, THE DECISION TO HEAL, UNDERSTANDING THAT IT WASN"T YOUR FAULT, THE CHILD WITHIN and more. All written with an under tone of support. There are also several stories of abuse told from the surviving victims view. The title is filled with insight and support and is best described as an excellent beginning point for those looking to heal. A very sensitive and difficult subject that is well addressed.
The Journey from Abandonment to Healing by Susan Anderson "Susan Anderson's book clearly defines the five phases of a different kind of grieving--grieving over a lost relationship. An experienced professional who has specialized in helping people with loss, heartbreak, and abandonment for more than two decades, Susan Anderson gives this subject the serious attention it deserves. The Journey From Abandonment to Healing is designed to help all victims of emotional breakups--whether they are suffering from a recent loss, or a lingering wound from the past; whether they are caught up in patterns that sabotage their own relationships, or they're in a relationship where they no longer feel loved. From the first stunning blow to starting over, it provides a complete program for abandonment recovery."
Black Swan : The 12 Lessons of Abandonment Recovery by Susan Anderson, Marcia Gerardi (Photographer) "Black Swan is designed for readers needing help with abandonment issues from childhood, as well as those currently dealing with love-loss. Susan Anderson uses an allegorical treatment approach to convent her twelve lessons of abandonment recovery developed over twenty years of research, clinical practice, and workshop experience. Black Swan is enhanced for the reader with a preface, postscript and two appendices. Each of the "twelve lessons" is clearly marked within the chapters, as well as outlined in the appendices making them readily accessible for further reflection. Black Swan is highly recommended for the non-specialist general reader struggle to cope with the emotional traumas of abandonment and loss."