and empowering.

The Hope PYX Global International Book Awards has recognized Patty Wain Smith for her contribution to empowering women, and her book, A Letter to a Friend: The Story of Abuse in America

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Multi-Award-Winning Author

Patty Wain Smith

About the Author​

Patty Wain Smith has been recognized by the Hope PYX Global International Book Awards for her contribution to empowering women, and her book, A Letter to a Friend: The Story of Abuse in America.

Her first book, A Letter to a Friend: The Story of Abuse in America, won the Hope PYX Global International Book Award, two Illumination Book Awards Enduring Light Silver Medals, the Writer’s Digest Book Awards Honorable Mention, five International Book Awards Finalists, and the Living Now Book Awards Bronze Medal.

She registered her first copyright in her teens and was later awarded a Music City Song Festival Honorable Mention for one of her compositions. (To find the song—Each Time—that goes with A Letter to Friend, go to the About section on her website and scroll down; it’s also noted in the book.)

Patty has also worked as an educational consultant, a child development specialist, a hotline counselor for both Parents Anonymous and Citizens Against Spouse Abuse, and a speaker for the Family Justice Center of GHC Speakers Bureau. She also created a family violence prevention program. Patty has appeared on Carolina and Company Live TV and on radio.

She has a BA in Psychology with a graduate course in counseling, and is a member of the Psi Chi International Honor Society. Patty is an associate professional member of the Authors Guild, and a member of the Nonfiction Authors Association, the Southeastern Writers Association, and the South Carolina Writers Association.

Patty is a lifetime advocate for those who are made to feel powerless (disproportionately, women and children). She believes we thrive in healthy relationships and that everyone deserves them. She also believes that children gain their greatest sense of self in safe and nurturing environments.


Editorial Reviews

Vicki Bourus, MSW, LISW
Vicki Bourus, MSW, LISWFamily Justice Center of Georgetown and Horry Counties, Executive Director; SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Executive Director; professional social worker, supervisory social worker
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Once in a rare while, a book on domestic violence arrives that goes beyond statistics and facts, revealing the deep pain and sadness experienced by the victim, in careful and touching ways, and making this issue significantly understandable even to those who have never experienced it. Patty Wain Smith’s book, A Letter to a Friend: The Story of Abuse in America, is certainly that book. As a professional social worker, I’ve spent over 30 years working with victims of abuse and their children, and I’ve walked with many survivors as they struggled to extricate themselves from a relationship that was destructive and ruinous, both physically and emotionally. I am also a survivor which makes this book even more meaningful. I’ve never read a more exquisite description of this complex process. It takes a long time to heal from abuse, and Patty Wain Smith’s incredible book is a gift to every victim–no matter if the victim is just beginning to consider the options or is far along on the journey to recovery. The skillful way in which she’s written this story is similar to the experience of watching the fog clear from the windshield after a storm–hopeful, encouraging, and freeing. I highly recommend this lovely, well-written book to survivors, advocates, family and friends. I believe that if every adult in the United States read this book, powerful changes would take place in this country, so plagued by abuse. That is a significant claim!
Pastor Brad Bellah
Pastor Brad BellahShepherd of the Sea Lutheran Church
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Our society seems to be awakening to the plight that many have endured abuse. Those who have suffered silently are emerging from the shadows. “A Letter to a Friend” stands to be a helpful resource and guide to accompany individuals and families searching for light – those going through abuse and struggling with what their next step will be. There is a sweet comfort given when someone who is experiencing pain and suffering can hear from someone who has been there, who can truly say, #metoo. I will be sharing this book as a resource for those in recovery from abuse and trauma. Thank you Patty for being a voice crying out in the wilderness, preparing a path for healing and hope!
Mark Bryant
Mark BryantPost Adoption Support Specialist
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A Letter to a Friend: The Story of Abuse in America – Patty Wain Smith captures all aspects of the journey from victim to victory and healing. In reading I felt like she was personally talking to me and taking me through my own journey. She does a beautiful job of incorporating the scriptures into every step of the healing process. Most importantly she touches on an often overlooked aspect of domestic violence and the effect it has on the children involved. Having been in the field of social work for over 35 years this is a book I would highly recommend to anyone in the field. Once you pick it up you will not want to put it down.
Leah Leuthauser, MA
Leah Leuthauser, MALicensed Professional Counselor
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Simply amazing! I feel very strongly this book can aid and empower victims, ultimately helping them to transition from victims to survivors.
Dr. James Pearson, ACSW, LPC
Dr. James Pearson, ACSW, LPCEducator, Professional Counselor, and Mental Health Center Director
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I strongly recommend A Letter to a Friend to everyone. As I perused each passage, I found it to be moving and insightful with a powerful message not only for the victim of abuse—but a message that transcends to anyone who cares about the circumstances of those who are caught up in this terrible web of abuse.
Dr. Denny Bates
Dr. Denny BatesLife Coach, Motivational Speaker, Trainer, Author, and Member of The John Maxwell Team
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This is what Patty Wain Smith has done with her “A Letter to a Friend.” She has masterfully woven a tragic story line into the fabric of a redemptive perspective where the pain is not wasted, but in a spiritual, mysterious, and creative way, is redeemed by the love and grace of God. She warmly and gently invites the reader into her thoughts as she tells the story in such a way, before long, we all step through the looking glass and enter a world that may not be our own, but if we pause for just a moment, we come to realize it is very familiar to many for whom we deeply care. We might not “know” it, but as the author reminds us, “they are there.” There is a plethora of books and other fine resources that do an adequate job in giving information about the spiritual epidemic of abuse of all kinds. “A Letter to a Friend” not only highlights the problem of abuse but goes on to give the reader hope of a lasting solution. This contribution to the discussion of abuse needs to be added to the tool box of every clinician, every pastor and denominational leader, every friend who knows someone who is trapped in an abusive relationship, and most of all, this book needs to be in the hands of the one who is gasping for some hope. For them, hope is on the way in the form of “A Letter to a Friend.”
David Zinman
David ZinmanAuthor of The Day Huey Long Was Shot, prize-winning AP Journalist and Newsday Reporter
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A dark story told with deep insight. Gripping. Beautifully written. Told like it is. First rate work!
Dana Ridenour
Dana RidenourAward-winning Author of Beyond The Cabin and Behind The Mask
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A Letter to a Friend: The Story of Abuse in America is a tiny book with a giant message. Written in a moving and insightful manner, the book imparts a powerful message not only for the victim of abuse but also for anyone who wants to better understand domestic abuse. In a non-judgmental way, the author offers her readers both information and hope. The domestic violence statistics in our country are staggering. Nearly every one of us knows someone who could benefit from this book.
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