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Redeeming Our Treasures: Finding Joy in the Shadows of an Abusive Past
by Linda Settles   

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Books by Linda Settles
· Redeeming Our Treasures Companion Workbook
· Into The Unknown/The Third Book of Journeys
· Tried by Fire/The Second Book of Journeys
· Seeking/The First Book of Journeys
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Publisher:  Edict House Publishing Group, LLC ISBN-10:  0979023831 Type: 


Copyright:  1-15-09 ISBN-13:  9780979023835

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Every kind of childhood abuse inflicts damage on the soul of a child and interferes with healthy development. Adults who were abused as children know the pain of the after-effects of child abuse. Some of us cope by denying that nature of the abuse, and others get bogged down in it. All of us need to heal. All of us need to revisit the scene of past abuse with the mature insights of an adult and redeem the treasures left behind. Redeeming Our Treasures will help us accomplish that task and move deeper into healing of our own childhood abuse and understanding others whom we know and love who bear the scars of a painful past.

If you, or someone you know, has experienced abuse in one of its many forms, you need to read this book.  It will help you understand the depths of sorrow and the heights of joy available to the survivor of any type of childhood abuse.  Millions of people in America were victimized as children by physical, emotional, psychological, and/or sexual abuse.  Some of us have sought counseling and worked for recovery.  Others have tried to "more on" unhealed and alone.

Did you know that research indicates that one in every four girls and one if every six boys will be victimized by sexual abuse before the age of eighteen?  Some studies indicate that more than half of those abused suffered at the hands of a trusted friend or loved one.  They experienced the violation of their body, the rupture of their trust, and a tsunami of self recimination that severely affected their ability to function. 

The good news you will find in Redeeming Our Treasures is that function can be recovered and interrupted childhood development can be resumed at any age.  The tasks of healthy development such as autonomy, healthy detachment, ego strength, assertiveness, development of boundaries, and a secure sense of 'self' have been aborted at various stages in the psyche of the abuse survivor leaving some survivors feeling 'different,' inadequate, and deptendant.  Others become outwardly controlling, abusive, and/or destructive in order to cope with hurts they have buried so deeply that they are no longer aware of them.

There are treasures to be recovered--lives to be redeemed! We serve a Redeemer God who has provided everything we need to come out of the death of our denial and embrace a life filled with challenge and triumph.  A life redeemed from the power of death by the One who seemed distant and uninvolved. 

Only by returning to the crucible of our suffering, exhuming the treasures buried beneath the rubble of a life interrupted by abuse, will we equip ourselves for the quest to which we are called--that of living a victorious life.  Like stars shining in the dark night of affliction, we will light the way for others who linger still in the shadow lands of their abuse.

This book is for for survivors, for those who agonize over their part in colluding with the perpetrator, and for all who love the person we were 'back then' and the survivor we have become today.  It is for pastors who no longer want to look away from the pain in their pews, and for teachers whose heart aches to rescue the abused chid in their classroom.  It is for all of us who live in this traumatized world and need to know where a loving God is when life hurts.

Welcome to my world.  The world of a survivor who has found the courage to tell others where I have been, where I am, and to invite them to journey with me into the wonder of a hunt for treasures beyond our wildest dreams.

Note: The Companion Workbook for groups or individuals will be available on or October 31st, 2009.

"Like shadows in the night, the predator comes at us when we are the most vulnerable and invades the sanctity of our soul."

"Behind every pain there is a message. When we learn to discern the message, we begin to discover the purpose in the pain and experience healing in the process."

"The victorious life is not about what happens to us--but what happens THROUGH us."

"He places detour signs across the road that leads to hell, and calls until his voice is heard by he who knows it well."

Professional Reviews

Pastor Emeritus, Christ the King Church
"By sharing her personal story about abuse in its many forms, Linda has opened the door of hoe, new hope, for countless abused women and girls. I strongly urge pstors to read this book." Wesley Peterson, Washington, MI Pastor Emeritus, Christ the King Church

Licensed Therapist, Renee Rowe, LMSW, ACSW
"Redeeming Our Treasures" is worth ten years of counseling." Renee Rowe, LMSW, ACSW, Oxford, Michigan

Garry Sims, Director of Hope Aplow (Prison Ministries)
"A book that every woman should read...This book is written so that anyone, no matter what their educational level, can understand and apply the lessons shared. I pray someday copies of Redeeming Our Treasures will be in the thousands of prisons and jails across American and around the world, as so many of these women have abusive pasts." Garry Sims, Lynchburg, VA, Director, Hope Aglow Ministries,

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Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 8/25/2009
My memory is not the same as it use to be, and I am still very young and young at heart too!I believe it has much to do with a sexual "PAST", THAT I have STopped from entering my own Childrens Life and "VERY PROUD" to say I hand a huge hand and Heart in it, to lift them from the "torture and demeaning avenues of ABUSE! THERE are many forms that - see you have brought up, that I found "ASTOUNDING" and I also found astounding! Your style and word usage as you explain your horrorendous "LIFE" story you once ( and at times visit) Story! I know I still do!

Thank "YOU" for "YOU" THE STYLE in which you write! Believe!Your Word Usage!Your examples! Your Workbook WOW! YOUR STYLE in hw you share your reflections! Healings And Hope and so much more! I am truly impressed on YOUR WRITING STYLE and how "YOU" Come across to your readers and searchers (which we become) I would hope "YOUR BOOKS and STYLES which you have a Special way of, "WILL" reach "everyone" it must reach and should reach! Thank You pouring "OUT" YOUR SOULS CONTENTS!!! To help "ME" and any Spirit That was mamed from a HARD MANIPULATED "PAST" and "must" Learn to be able to have a "MUCH BRIGHTER" FUTURE They are capable of having! I KNOW and can be proud "TODAY" to say "With the right Choices, Faith,Drive,Compassion,Knowledge and Knowing and so much more, WE can be HAPPY! And HEALED and even "stop" what should have never haPpened that can destroy a Life!Future and even a Soul! Continue upward with your HEALING CARING HEART and Soul!!! Touching Others (myself included) with your Positive Touch and True dedicated Knowledge and way to say what needs to be said, and shared!!! THANK YOU as you go further strenthening others resolves in your special uniQue way and style! Blessings,Love.Peace.Light and Hugs, Purple_Passions,SHEE (SHEILA) I plan (when I get back to work shortly, to get "many" of your books, as your STYLE of POETRY also has touched "ME" DEEPLY! THANK YOU! AGAIN for being "YOU" Isn't that an Oxymoron to know that! BE PROUD! YOU! Have Come a Long Way Linda! And still your Journey never seems to end...Be Safe!HAPPY! AND Always Positive!
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 5/20/2009
Your Photo/Video Presentation of your book "Redeeming Our Treasures: Finding Joy in the Shadows of an Abusive Past" on your bio page is truly emotional & moving towards wanting to reach out to heal the human spirit...I am aware of the statistics involved around sexual abuse, and it is very true as you stated that sexual abuse occurs usually by a trusted family member or friend. There are also those numerous affiliates such as day care, house of worship, or even an entrusted teacher....Children all need empowered to thier voice & given the strength to know they matter, and they shall be safe.
Congratulations on your Publication, and may your words through your experience Reach, Educate, Heal, and Protect....
Much Love & Appreciation
Reviewed by Rose Patrick 12/6/2008
I love your book linda and your story is touching. Please, i need your help to put me through. I am a young author and i've a book that i am yet to publish but don't know how to start.I really want the book to travel across to touch souls and also raise capital from it. I will really appreciate it, if you'll help me out. The name of my poem book is "Life Signpost" with about 100 articles, divided into five section:Prayer signpost,love signpost,attitude signpost,tribulation signpost and jubliation signpost. I'll appreciate all effort to assist me.Thank you.

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