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THE COURAGE TO FORGIVE AN ABUSER
When I was in elementary school, a relative abused me sexually. It went on for quite a while. I didn't know any better. Didn't even know what an abuser was. He told me I made him feel good and happy.
Because I'd been taught to be a respectful little girl, I certainly didn't want to make him feel bad. But, why couldn't I tell anyone? And, why were we always doing it in secret? If it was so good, shouldn't it be shared? Sharing all of my toys was right. Why not this?
Who knows what this guy is dealing with?
with contributions from Patricia Herlinger, David Chester Smith, Linda Jarvis Snorek, John Holmstrom
items of interest
with contributions from Jon Jeter, Robert D. Enright, Richard P. Fitzgibbons, Marc Gunther, Amy E. Dean
'Why should I forgive you?'
By Robert Enright
I NEEDED TO HEAL MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY DAD
The power of forgiveness
By Elise L. Moore
YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN
David G. Shields
Words of love that grabbed world attention
By Gay Bryant
I had wanted to forgive her all along
By Jenny Sawyer
Getting off the roller coaster
By Richard Bergenheim
When I needed help... God was there for me
By Jane Toler
By Judy V. Little
Inspiration—a breath of fresh air
Danger and violence defused
Valdir Iamnhuqui with contributions from Margareth Aparecida Vancetto
Broken bones healed through prayer
with contributions from The Christian Science Board of Directors
Balanced lives in the emerging economy