“Where he goes, you cannot follow,
for it is a place in the depths of darkness,
barely illuminated by the Spirit.
Someone once told you of this dark, barren wasteland, 
but you were not sure it really existed.
A black hole, 
a soundless century-long existence 
few ever return from, few can ever bare. 
You cry for him, his circumstance;
you suffer and anguish over his decided present and future,
but you cannot change it …
… and you must go on.”
2020 Illumination Book Awards Enduring Light Silver Medal for Christian Thought
2020 Writer’s Digest Book Awards Honorable Mention for Inspirational
2019 International Book Awards Finalist for Best New Non-Fiction, Self-Help: Relationships, and Health: Women’s Health
2019 Living Now Book Awards Bronze Medal for Relationships: Marriage 
Not sure if it’s abuse? This book will give you clarity and hope.
An unforgettable love letter to victims in an inspirational book of hope and love. Award-winning author and survivor Patty Wain Smith goes beyond self-help and documentaries. The conversation is intimate, affirming, and relatable for victims and those who want to understand why it’s so hard to leave.
  • It’s gentle, powerful, and unspeakably honest—the perfect book to give to a friend, coworker, neighbor, family member, or anyone in an emotionally or physically abusive relationship.
  • Social workers, clergy, counselors, police officers, nurses, and teachers will find themselves transported into the layers of this tragic and hard-to-address social issue, and learn how helping victims can integrate with the Christian faith.

A Letter to a Friend: The Story of Abuse in America combines psychology, counseling, domestic violence,  child development, and Christian principles with hope and love. There’s a bonus at the back: a link to an original song that helps the reader grieve—an essential part of recovery. Follow the journey of a survivor who grows stronger and wiser after accepting God’s gift, and discover the one thing that changes everything.


New Words Publishing, LLC

Each Time

Words | Music  Patty Wain Smith

A song to help the reader grieve—an essential part of recovery.