Abuse survivor shares her story in new book from The Good Book Company
Charlotte, N.C., June 2019—“Isn’t it tragic that in a world so beautiful and diverse, a defining feature we all have in common is pain?” Author Jennifer Greenberg knows pain all too well, having suffered psychological, physical, and sexual abuse at the hands of her church-going father. At the age of 15, as she contemplated suicide with a razor to her arm, she heard the voice of God say to her, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” From that moment on, she knew she had a father in heaven who loved her. She knew she had a purpose in life on this earth.
In Not Forsaken: A Story of Life After Abuse: How Faith Brought One Woman From Victim to Survivor (The Good Book Company, Aug. 20, 2019), Greenberg shares how her faith brought her through the darkest of situations, time and time again, and how faith can enable survivors of all walks to navigate issues of guilt, forgiveness, love, and value. She also encourages church leaders to take the necessary measures to protect the vulnerable amongst them.
“If you have suffered abuse, then, as members of a tragically large club no one wants to join, we share a pain that is strikingly consistent,” writes Greenberg. “We’ve drunk the same poison from different cups… No level of abuse is too minor to matter, and no survivor is too broken to feel God’s healing grace.”
With a foreword written by Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Not Forsaken walks abuse survivors, as well as their friends and family, through the post-traumatic emotions and issues they might be experiencing, helping them to navigate the path to healing through a biblical, faith-based lens. Greenberg walks readers through the gospel, examines the character of Christ, and points survivors to a life of healing and hope in her courageous, compelling book.
“In my case, God used my pain to accomplish, in part, what is now being read. If this book helps one person heal—if it can stop one heart from breaking, ease one life of its aching, or soothe one pain—I consider my suffering a worthwhile endurance…. By the grace of Jesus, and for the sake of Jesus, I am at peace with my past, and rejoice in the hope that it brings hope to others.”
“Not Forsaken is a powerful and much needed book” adds James Burstow (President, The Good Book Company), “We pray that survivors will see a hope beyond their pain within its pages and that church leaders will be equipped to protect the vulnerable among their congregations.”
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