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My Peace I Give You

Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints

Author(s): Dawn Eden

ISBN13: 9781594712906

ISBN10: 1594712905

Publisher: Ave Maria Press (28 May 2012)

Extent: 258 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm

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  • 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.

     

    Table of contents

     

    Foreword

    Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, S.V.

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction

    Chapter 1: The Love We Forget

    Discovering the Father—with St. Ignatius Loyola and St. Josephine Bakhita

    Chapter 2: The Love That Shelters

    Opening our hearts to the Sacred Heart—with Mary, Mother of Hope

    Chapter 3: The Love That Suffers

    Sharing in Christ’s Passion—with St. Gemma Galgani and St. Sebastian

    Chapter 4: The Love That Transforms

    Learning the true meaning of spiritual childhood—with St. Thérèse of Lisieux

    Chapter 5: The Love That Liberates

    Overcoming obstacles to forgiveness—with Blessed Laura Vicuña and St. Maria Goretti

    Chapter 6: The Love That Grows Deeper

    Drawing closer to God and to one another—with Dorothy Day

    Chapter 7: The Love That Radiates

    Living out your call to holiness—with Blessed Margaret of Castello and St. Bernard of Clairvaux

    Chapter 8: The Love That Heals

    Finding our past, present, and future in the Eucharist—with St. Thomas Aquinas and Blessed Karolina Kózka

    Reader’s Guide

    Further Reading

    Resources

    Notes 

  • Dawn Eden


    Dawn Eden is the bestselling author of The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On, which is in its eleventh printing and has been translated into Spanish, Polish, and Chinese. Although born into a Jewish family in New York City, she lost her faith as a teenager and became an agnostic. During her twenties, in the 1990s, she worked as a rock journalist, interviewing bands for magazines and appearing as a music expert on TV’s FX Network. Eden went on to work for New York City newspapers, including the New York Post and the Daily News.

     

    At age thirty-one, she experienced a dramatic conversion to Christianity that eventually led her to enter the Catholic Church. Currently living in Washington, DC, Eden received a master’s degree in theology from the Dominican House of Studies in 2010 and is studying toward a doctorate. She has spoken about chastity and conversion to thousands of college students and young adults throughout North America and abroad.


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    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



    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., Superior General, Sisters of Life



    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



    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.

     - Jennifer Fulwiler, Blogger at ConversionDiary.com



    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

     

    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, Executive Director, The Galileo Forum and Studio at Azusa Pacific University

     

    "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, Executive Director, The Galileo Forum and Studio at Azusa Pacific University



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