READ: Review, Breaking Invisible Chains by Susan Titus Osborn, Jeenie Gordon, and Karen Kosman
Don’t read this book if you prefer a light-hearted, amusing story. Don’t read this book if you refuse help for yourself or someone else in an unthinkable situation. And don’t read this book if you’ve decided to let abusers win.
But do read this book if you or someone you love needs practical, personal accounts of abuse and its widespread effects. Do read this book if you could use wise counsel and practical tips that will help set you or others free from the cycle of abuse. And do read this book if you long to help break the awful, invisible chains that tie victims to their abusers.
Breaking Invisible Chains: The Way to Freedom from Domestic Abuse by Susan Titus Osborne, Jeenie Gordon, and Karen Kosman is no easy read. In the same way an intervention confronts an addiction or other habitual problem, the authors of this book tackle the various aspects of abuse head-on. Written for women by women, each chapter contains true-life stories of abusive situations followed by professional advice from author Jeenie Gordon, a licensed marriage and family therapist. Many chapters include practical advice from a law enforcement officer as well.
Through a combination of ideas, examples, Scripture, and straightforward advice, the book moves the reader from an awareness of various situations that constitute abuse to when, why, and how to confront and challenge it. For too many years, domestic abuse received approval by silence from the church. This book presents a positive, biblical response that includes encouragement for family members who have suffered its effects.
It’s past time the church spoke up about this problem and offered more than criticism, condemnation, or powerless regret. Thanks to the authors and their publisher for this courageous new release.
FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from New Hope Publishers. I was not asked to post a positive response.
I realize that because of this book’s sensitive topic, readers may not wish to leave a visible comment. But I also want to offer Breaking Invisible Chains as a resource for someone who wishes to help others or who has (or has had) invisible chains of her own. Enter a drawing to win my review copy by leaving a blog comment OR by emailing me through the contact link at the top right by midnight Sunday, November 10. I’ll notify the winner via email, so please make sure to provide your email address. So that I can mail the book, I ask for US addresses only, please. And feel free to leave a comment below with any thoughts you would like to share.
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