2015-06-14

Touching His Robe: Reaching Past the Shame and Anger of Abuse

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By by Leslie G Nelson, with a foreword by Josh Weed.

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Survivors of sexual abuse and assault often struggle with anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide. Many also find themselves feeling like the woman who touched the hem of the Lord’s robe to be healed: desperately needing the Savior’s help, but feeling too full of shame and pain to approach Him.

When seeking help, survivors are generally counseled to forgive, but instead of bringing relief, this message often increases their shame and pain. Forgiveness is not the only step towards healing, nor is it the first step.

Touching His Robe shares scripture anecdotes and metaphors that will help answer questions such as, “If God is real and He cares about me, why did He allow this to happen?” The author encourages readers to at first just touch His robe, and guides them on a journey to help them come closer to embracing Him.

Leslie G. Nelson enjoyed a close personal relationship with the Savior that helped her through many difficult personal trials, but when memories of childhood sexual abuse surfaced, she found herself ashamed to approach Him. In Touching His Robe, she shares the insights gained on her journey with the sensitivity and clear communication she acquired during years of teaching women and youth at church and while working in a halfway house, juvenile detention, and a group home for abused children and teens.

What readers are saying:

Leslie’s book treads lightly around the abuse itself—in fact one only sees tiny glimpses into how dark those years of trauma were for her—but the insights she gains from it as she explores concepts like forgiveness, anger, and God’s love are what makes this book a magnificent addition to the genre. Her scriptural insights are truly thought-provoking, and I found myself nodding in agreement over and over as I read about oft-referenced stories in a new and startlingly original way.
— Josh Weed LMFT, CSAT

I believe if my daughter had read this book, she would still be alive.
— Alice Hunt, mother of a survivor who lost hope and died by suicide at age 19

 Some of the best encouraging writing I’ve ever read!  
— CeeCee James, author of Ghost No More

I was touched on so many different levels, and by the beautiful way Leslie put things, so clear, so concise and so deep-reaching into my heart and soul. It is the exquisite pain we get when we see a masterpiece and the sheer beauty of it makes you cry with the joy of its magnificence but it also somehow makes you feel a little sad.
— Mary Sue Marshall, survivor and blogger

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