"I had been living with suppressed unanswered 'why' questions for years: why would God have allowed my abuse? Why would He have sent me back home when I was 12, rather than rescuing me?" - Carolyn Thompson, Open Eyes, Happy Heart
After surviving a hidden history of childhood sex trafficking, Carolyn had a major problem with the idea of God as a loving Father. But God had a purpose in her pain and a plan for her life.
God planted a desire in her heart for a better life than she was living, and He guided her there one step at a time. Walk with Carolyn through her miraculous journey and be amazed at what a good Father God truly is!
Open Eyes, Happy Heart is a bright and hopeful book suitable for teens and adults (no graphic content). Whether you have survived sexual abuse or childhood trafficking, know someone who has, or just need to hear a great story of God and His love...this book is for YOU!
Thompson traces the abuse inflicted upon her by her father to “generational sin” rather than any one person, writing “it festered from previous evil waged against my flesh and blood by Hell itself.” Understanding cycles of abuse has helped her to feel compassion and forgiveness, though she’s frank about the challenge of this, admitting that, when she felt God telling her it was time to “get well,” she responded “by yelling at Him some more.” She vividly paints the portrait of herself, in 2019, worn out, hyper alert, and struggling with past trauma at a time when her 25 year marriage seemed to be failing. Her accounts of breakthroughs and setbacks as she undergoes EDMR therapy and other forms of counseling is frank, direct, and moving.
When discussing abuse, Thompson’s never graphic, though the horror is clear. Her emphasis, instead, is on trauma recovery, with a focus on inner strength, the power of forgiveness, and the therapeutic techniques and intense, at times contentious prayer that helped her. While she offers some practical advice suited for Christian readers, Thompson has the humility to declare “This isn’t intended to be any kind of self-help guide.” Instead, it’s an act of witnessing and healing, a believer telling her story to an audience who might need encouragement to face their own.
Takeaway: This Christian memoir and guidebook focuses on nurturing the strength to heal after sexual abuse.
Great for fans of: Nicole Braddock Bromley's Hush, Justin S. Holcomb’s Rid of My Disgrace.
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