by Nicole Sotelo (Paulist Press)
...Sotelo,who also serves as a contributing editor for BustedHalo.com, reports that approximately one-third experience some form of abuse.
Many resources such as support groups, crisis and counseling centers, and shelters already exist for women who have experienced abuse but as important as these places are, carving out some prayer time during the day can also help women on the road to recovery.This spiritual approach is one that Sotelo
chooses to highlight in her
book.What originated as a master's thesis at Harvard Divinity School
is now a sensitively written, structured resource that offers numerous options for someone who wants to focus their prayer life on healing.
"This book is created so that you may come to experience the power of prayer and begin to pray in a way that will help you to heal physically, emotionally and spiritually," Sotelo
also highlights the experiences of many biblical women such as Hagar in the Old Testament and Mary Magdalene, women whose stories are often forgotten or misinterpreted in mainstream Christian faith communities.
reminds readers that, though they may feel distant from God during this debilitating time, God is indeed present in the midst of their pain.
"It is important to remember that what happened occurred at the hands of the person who abused you and not by the will of God," she