“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.”
WINNER OF THE ILLUMINATION BOOK AWARDS ENDURING LIGHT SILVER MEDAL FOR CHRISTIAN THOUGHT
AND OTHER AWARDS · A love letter to victims in an inspirational book of hope and love.
Discover the one thing that changes everything.
“This incredible book is a gift to every victim.”
—Vicki Bourus, SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault former executive director
INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS FINALIST
Patty goes beyond self-help and documentaries in this letter of love. The conversation is intimate, affirming, and relatable for victims and those who want to know why it’s so hard to leave.
- Gentle, powerful, and unspeakably honest—the perfect book for someone in an emotionally or physically abusive relationship or still healing from one.
- Innovative narrative—the reader becomes part of the story and experiences that empowering victims integrates 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
Words | Music Patty Wain Smith