Bible verses inspire this guide to healing from emotional trauma.
In her second book, Patton presents well-written lesson plans to guide therapists in helping heal emotional wounds for abuse victims of any age. Sections focus on building up the survivor’s psyche, developing trust, gaining courage to face issues, and eventually letting go to realize that a master plan is at work. Each chapter opens with an introduction and reflection questions, followed by an activity, such as drawing, storytelling or role-playing, in hopes of involving victims more deeply in their personal reflections. Chapters then close with biblical passages, interpretations and more reflection. Overall, the book provides well-developed lessons, and the mostly Old Testament–based passages provide some unexpected but highly applicable content that will certainly garner interest, even for those who already have a strong command of the Bible. Structurally, the book is like a compilation of lesson plans for an instructor or therapist leading small group healing sessions, though the workbook format, with plenty of space to answer reflective questions, lends itself to self-guided healing as well. That being said, many of the activities, including role-playing and other trust-building scenarios, can only be performed with a partner or small group. Bible passages make up about a quarter of the material, but the lessons could appeal to a wider range of religious orientations and anyone who has experienced physical or emotional abuse.
With a steady command of biblical passages and an assortment of tailored activities and reflective questions, Patton expertly helps victims transform into survivors.