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Although I have not personally experienced such traumatic events as those described within the pages of this book, its content nonetheless resonated deeply with me While I in no way wish to diminish the author s primary message, I believe it would be a great disservice to any potential reader to limit its range, which encompasses such themes as control, fear and forgiveness The author so thoroughly explores these and manyissues applicable to any type of relationship with a great candor y Although I have not personally experienced such traumatic events as those described within the pages of this book, its content nonetheless resonated deeply with me While I in no way wish to diminish the author s primary message, I believe it would be a great disservice to any potential reader to limit its range, which encompasses such themes as control, fear and forgiveness The author so thoroughly explores these and manyissues applicable to any type of relationship with a great candor yet not in detail of an overtly explicit manner DeMuth says, For years I kept quiet, believing that silence equaled honor Eventually I began to see that silence actually meant enabling bad behavior and unreality This truth shot straight to my heart like an arrow launched by the hands of an expert marksman I have much to process for myself still, even as I continue my efforts to get the powerful healing message of Not Marked Finding Hope and Healing after Sexual Abuse into the hands of all those I can, who have been affected in any way by sexual abuse, or any kind for that matter.I have no doubt it will hit its mark every time of healing, grace and an empathetic challenge to move forward It would be easy to categorize Mary DeMuth s new book, Not Marked as an offering to victims of sexual abuse but it s so muchNot Marked details what happens when men abuse the creative power God has given them and how Jesus steps in to redeem us It s a universal story and one that men and women across the globe can relate to.Sexual abuse is not part of my history However, because of the pastoral work I ve done for the past 20 years, I have listened to many heart breaking stories from wom It would be easy to categorize Mary DeMuth s new book, Not Marked as an offering to victims of sexual abuse but it s so muchNot Marked details what happens when men abuse the creative power God has given them and how Jesus steps in to redeem us It s a universal story and one that men and women across the globe can relate to.Sexual abuse is not part of my history However, because of the pastoral work I ve done for the past 20 years, I have listened to many heart breaking stories from women and men who have been abused and suffered from the long term consequences of these violations Too many women and men suffer in silent shame And far too often, the church has been passive in helping these abused ones reclaim their birthright Thankfully, DeMuth steps into this gap with her courageous book.This offering is not for the faint of heart Though DeMuth does not go into great detail about the sexual abuse that happened to her as a five year old, the horror of what those boys did to her cannot be escaped while reading Nor should it be, which is why those who have not been abused ought to read this book too The text forces us to realize at least on a microscopic level the daily hell that abuse victims live with DeMuth s choice to vulnerably disclose not only what happened to her but how it has affected her for the past forty plus years isthan remarkable the book is like an oxygen mask which she offers to those who have been near death from asphyxiation Again and again, she humbly grants us permission to peer into her world, her marriage, her family And she does not skim the surface but bravely plumbs the depths DeMuth also makes it clear that when we come to Jesus with our wounds, it s not an under the blood, over the river, and through the woods experience that may Christians would lead us to believe She writes, Healing is layers Healing is time Healing is excruciating There is no passive healing If you want healing, you have to pursue it And she has While DeMuth admits that she has not completed this journey, her life bears clear testimony to the power of the gospel in bringing hope and healing to anyone willing to cry out for help and then engage in the long term work of healing Again, it s not just the victims of sexual abuse who need to be saved we all do When asked what her hope is for this book, DeMuth responded, My greatest hope is that sexual abuse victims will NO longer feel alone and isolated in their grief and trauma that they will find concrete ways to begin the healing journey She exceeds this because Not Marked testifies that Jesus heals our wounds All of them For all of us This book put everything into focus for me as a survivor Pieces that I didn t understand about my last made sense because of Not Marked It is written from a survivor about sexual abuse, so you will never get a better understanding of what victims feel unless you ask them directly Highly recommended. Free to Live Unmarked These closing words of Mary DeMuth s extraordinary new book, Not Marked Finding Hope and Healing After Sexual Abuse, aptly summarize the journey of hope and healing through which she has traveled and into which she invites fellow survivors of sexual abuse and those who love them However, Mary s book is muchthan a book about surviving the trauma of abuse It is mostly about hope and healing the hope and healing that can only come from the Great Physician, our Creator Free to Live Unmarked These closing words of Mary DeMuth s extraordinary new book, Not Marked Finding Hope and Healing After Sexual Abuse, aptly summarize the journey of hope and healing through which she has traveled and into which she invites fellow survivors of sexual abuse and those who love them However, Mary s book is muchthan a book about surviving the trauma of abuse It is mostly about hope and healing the hope and healing that can only come from the Great Physician, our Creator, Father and the lover of our souls This is not another book written by an expert in psychotherapy offering the latest research and theories, but is an honest, personal account of the devastation caused when people indulge their basest instincts and victimize the most innocent among us Mary takes us through the painful details of not only the initial loss of her innocence at the hands of neighborhood boys, but the further violation that occurred when the adults obligated to protect her turned a blind eye to the abuse As we see on an almost daily basis, this is an all too familiar story, particularly when the perpetrators are financially or socially prominent What we usually do not see is the psychological, emotional and spiritual toil the abuse and the loss of trust in adult caretakers imposes on the victims Mary offers us a window into those wounds and the devastating effects they have on all aspects of the victim s life, often for the rest of her life As Mary puts it, these scars leave the victim feeling marked As Mary describes it, it feels like an imprinted sexual abuse mark, a beacon inviting others to abuse you, a reminder to you and other that you carry secret shame It seems so permanent,indelible than a Sharpie pen s ink, as if the sexual abuse was pierced underneath your skin like a tattoo It is a mark that has led many victims spiraling into despair, depression and even death, as Satan has imprinted his lies into their lives, convincing them than they are beyond hope Mary shows us that it does not need to be that way That is the overarching message of this book Mary shows us that if we place our trust in Jesus, then He will walk with us on a healing journey that will lead to wholeness, restoration and redemption Mary offers a poignant illustration Imagine that you are walking along with the scarlet mark fully visible on your forehead People point at it, snicker, flirt or try to seduce you Despite your best efforts, you cannot erase the mark, so you begin to walk with your head down, watching your feet Suddenly you almost run into Someone, spying sandaled feet on the sidewalk in front of you You look up and catch the gaze of Love Jesus weeps as He sees your mark He wipes His tears, then takes His hand, still wet from tears, and washes away the mark No evidence of the mark remains it s been washed away You are unmarked, free That is the promise of true healing that Mary presents in an honest and winsome way It is not an easy journey and will not succeed unless the victim and those she loves intentionally pursue healing However, it is a fruitful and worthwhile endeavor, one that will lead you out of the darkness into the Light of healing, hope and eternal life If you are ready to live freely and unmarked, or you are ready to offer that hope to someone you love, Mary s book is the place to begin Find outat.Readabout Mary s story and discover some outstanding resources to help you or your loved one on a healing journey at I received this book in audible format from the author in exchange for my honest review.If you, or someone you know, has ever suffered abuse especially sexual abuse Not Marked Finding Hope Healing After Sexual Abuse should be next on your their TBR to be read list Mary DeMuth tells all in this book She suffered horrible abuse, including repeated sexual abuse, as a young girl In this book she bravely tells her story, not for sympathy, not to glamourize anything, not to shock anyone, b I received this book in audible format from the author in exchange for my honest review.If you, or someone you know, has ever suffered abuse especially sexual abuse Not Marked Finding Hope Healing After Sexual Abuse should be next on your their TBR to be read list Mary DeMuth tells all in this book She suffered horrible abuse, including repeated sexual abuse, as a young girl In this book she bravely tells her story, not for sympathy, not to glamourize anything, not to shock anyone, but to show God s strength in her weakness and to encourage others that there IS healing after the incurred shame placed on one s well being.Mary DeMuth and her husband, Patrick, narrated the audible version, each telling her story from their standpoint Patrick met and married Mary long after it all happened, but he learned the hard and emotionally painful way how the abuse left her wounded, distrustful, and shamed He watched her struggle to find a place of peace and healing for her life He learned he had to find a way to gently support and encourage her in a loving way however he could, thereby growing in understanding and compassion himself.This is a story of survival, a story of hope and healing, a story of learning to trust in the letting go.If you like to be read to, I encourage you to purchase the audible version of Mary DeMuth s Not Marked Finding Hope Healing After Sexual Abuse because this book is well worth the listen You may find it difficult to hear some parts as I did because of Mary s vulnerability and honesty, but if you stay with it you will be glad you did.NOTE This book is not for young readers, but parents can use segments of it to warn and advise their children It can be an opportunity to teach compassion for the many children who have a dark secret of shame, or to encourage one s children to ask questions when they are unsure about something Maybe you have been sexually abused, or are the spouse of someone who was sexually abused You might be the safe person , privileged to hear and participate in the life of a person who was sexually abused You may not yet be aware of it, but chances are you are at least a family member, friend, or co worker or even teacher of someone, even a child, who needs the healing that only Jesus can bring to someone whose story includes sexual abuse The open, honest, vulnerable story of Mary DeMuth s ab Maybe you have been sexually abused, or are the spouse of someone who was sexually abused You might be the safe person , privileged to hear and participate in the life of a person who was sexually abused You may not yet be aware of it, but chances are you are at least a family member, friend, or co worker or even teacher of someone, even a child, who needs the healing that only Jesus can bring to someone whose story includes sexual abuse The open, honest, vulnerable story of Mary DeMuth s abuse and healing is vitally important to you And it can be of benefit to both women and men who have been abused Our Lord does not want the person who endured abuse to stumble through life on this worth as marked, marked with shame, confusion, or some invisible stain that they are unaware of that attracts other predators He wants healing to be part of our story, and He wants us to walk in the light of God s love and forgiveness He wants His body, the Church, to be armed and ready to minister to those in pain Mary and her husband, who includes at the end of each chapter his honest feelings and the help that our Savior and the Holy Spirit gives him, show many things that we may have been unaware of, such as how healing is progressive for most people, it does not occur all at once It shows how one s healing journey is as unique as one s fingerprints How forgiveness on many levels is possible How it is possible to let go of the anger, fear, pain, shame How to walk through each challenge, each trigger to the memories, how to show others that healing is possible, actively and passionately, through the grace and love of our mighty heavenly Father You may not have thought of this journey of healing as a beautiful gift before, but perhaps you will as you work through this book The list of symptoms in the beginning of the book, which may only seem bitter reminders, may discourage you from seeking this gift or show that you or your loved one have already made progress and that so muchis available to you.Included also are Mary s responses to commonly asked questions, suggestions on how you can protect your children from predators Based on the truth of scripture and the love of Christ, which have fueled Mary s joy, there truly is a joy for you on your journey, also This is a book to read, study, and be embraced by the supporting Scripture, and to re read throughout this journey to the future your heavenly Father has for you Don t miss this outstanding book NOT MARKED FINDING HOPE AND HEALING AFTER SEXUAL ABUSE by Mary DeMuth is a Sexual Abuse Emotional Healing Personal Growth Marriage Christian Life, true to life story A heart wrenching, raw, but honest account of this author s struggles with sexual abuse, her struggle for healing, inner peace and the courage she faced to write this book Her husband, Patrick, also gives the reader insight into the turmoil and struggles as a loved one, he and the family face daily What a powerful story that NOT MARKED FINDING HOPE AND HEALING AFTER SEXUAL ABUSE by Mary DeMuth is a Sexual Abuse Emotional Healing Personal Growth Marriage Christian Life, true to life story A heart wrenching, raw, but honest account of this author s struggles with sexual abuse, her struggle for healing, inner peace and the courage she faced to write this book Her husband, Patrick, also gives the reader insight into the turmoil and struggles as a loved one, he and the family face daily What a powerful story that took not only courage, but faith to write such a vivid inspiration for all who have suffered with sexual abuse, their loved ones and the power to not be marked I would highly recommend this title for counselors, care givers, professionals who deal with sexual abuse, and Bible study groups I would also recommend this title to any and all If you know someone who has or are being sexually abused, please give them a copy of Not Marked Finding Hope and Healing After Sexual Abuse They will surely appreciate the gesture A powerful,complex book that is a great resource Hope and freedom is just a heartbeat away and available You can go from shame to joy The power of healing,love and faith Have tissues at the ready Powerful Thank you, Mary for giving me the opportunity in reading this powerful, gut wrenching story Received for an honest review from the author.RATING 4.5HEAT RATING NONEREVIEWED BY AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More Mary DeMuth s book, Not Marked, is a gift to anyone who has experienced sexual abuse, especially those who ve suffered alone, silenced by fear or shame It s an invitation to hear and be heard A doorway to real change Mary s openness about her own relentless, ongoing pursuit of healing encourages others to bravely face their past, to give and receive forgiveness, and to press on toward a hopeful and beautiful future Boldly practical, gut wrenchingly honest, and drenched with soul refreshing e Mary DeMuth s book, Not Marked, is a gift to anyone who has experienced sexual abuse, especially those who ve suffered alone, silenced by fear or shame It s an invitation to hear and be heard A doorway to real change Mary s openness about her own relentless, ongoing pursuit of healing encourages others to bravely face their past, to give and receive forgiveness, and to press on toward a hopeful and beautiful future Boldly practical, gut wrenchingly honest, and drenched with soul refreshing empathy, Not Marked faces thorny questions head on and exposes lies, thereby stripping them of their power Mary s advice regarding sexual intimacy in marriage is applicable even for those who haven t suffered abuse, and her hard won wisdom is underscored and enhanced by husband Patrick s helpful insights, as he honestly shares the struggles and responsibilities of a sex abuse victim s spouse Their journey as a couple reveals an important truth Darkness flees before light, but first we have to let the light in, and that means revisiting the dark places The good news We don t go alone Jesus goes with us, and He not only reveals and redefines reality, He redeems it, beautifying even the deepest scars.This book is a road map to restoration and real joy I hope it finds its way into the hands of those who need it, and I pray the Healer meets them on the pages Mary is an amazing writer with an amazing story to tell The entries by her husband greatly enrich this book as a tool for healing for couples where abuse is part of their story Mary is honest, raw and hopeful all at the same time. `Free Ebook ⇛ Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing after Sexual Abuse ↳ Are you suffering the effects of sexual abuse There is a way outIn Not Marked Finding Hope and Healing after Sexual Abuse, Mary DeMuth illuminates the way to go from shame filled to joy filled, from traumatized to finding enduring peace This isn t theory Mary has lived it She s traveled this path and offers a uniquely qualified, insider s view of the healing processThen, Mary goes deeper because often you re not the only one who has suffered Her husband, Patrick, comes alongside her and offers insights into how spouses can love a sexual abuse victim toward wholeness, and how this will bring your relationship a whole new level of strengthNot Marked will help you Find the courage to share your story maybe for the first time Stop comparing your brokenness to others wholeness Understand the specific way God designed you to heal Identify safe people to entrust your healing journey to Embrace utter honestly about your abuse, even if that means anger toward God Discover how prayer helps you move from angst to alleluia Find the powerful antidote to bitterness Let go of accusatory thought patterns and grasp God s affection for you Uncover an ancient pathway to healing Live the effervescent life you ve longed for but could never quite grasp You do not have to be forever marked by sexual abuseYou are resilient even if you believe all your strength is gone You are worthy of being made whole even if you can t believe it s possible And you are a stunning work of amazingness even though your heart can t even start to grasp that YetThis is your time The moment to start the journey 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