My Book has been Released
My book, Understanding Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Ministry Leaders and Survivors, was released yesterday.
I wrote it to provide a clear and accessible introduction to understanding the complex trauma resulting from sexual abuse. It draws heavily on the latest research and expert opinion on trauma, as well as theological reflection on related questions of justice, forgiveness, and suffering. It’s also very practical, with lots of examples, principles, and hints. It is also grounded in personal experience.
I very much hope both survivors and Christian ministry leaders find it a useful and helpful guide.
Foreword by Debra Hirsch
1. A Safe Place
2. Why Abuse Hurts
3. Breaking the Power of Secrets
4. What Does Recovery Look Like?
5. Justice, Anger, and the Question of Forgiveness
6. Where Is God?
7. A Broken Hallelujah
8. Choosing Life
You can purchase it now from Amazon, Book Depository or Christian bookstores. More information is available via the US publisher, IVP or the UK/Europe publisher, Muddy Pearl. It is also available as an audiobook from Audible or Christianaudio.
“There are other helpful books on surviving sexual assault, but none with as much wisdom and heart as Understanding Sexual Abuse by Tim Hein. A survivor himself, Tim intersperses his own beautifully told story of healing throughout this extremely practical and biblical look at how to survive abuse and how to help those who’ve been abused. This book is a gift.” – Michael Frost, Morling College, Sydney
“Understanding Sexual Abuse is a book I will return to repeatedly. The lessons Tim conveys are lessons that are relevant to survivors of all kinds of trauma – not just sexual abuse, but any form of abuse, coercion or control. And they are relevant to all those who sit beside those who are in pain: whether as a spiritual companion, offering prayer ministry, as a counsellor or pastor, or simply as a welcoming friend.” – Dr Peter Sidebotham, Paediatrician, Spiritual Director and co-editor, Child Abuse Review.
“Only recently have survivors and Christian leaders had access to quality treatments of sexual abuse stories that do not hide from therapy or God! I felt like I was sitting in a safe place across from Tim, listening to his wisdom and sharing in a survivor’s grief. Understanding Sexual Abuse is disarming in approach and creative in its mission. Here’s a great tool to help struggling survivors in their healing journey.” – Andrew J. Schmutzer, professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute and author of Naming Our Abuse: God’s Pathways to Healing for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse