“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.”
2022 ILLUMINATION BOOK AWARDS ENDURING LIGHT SILVER MEDAL WINNER
“This incredible book is a gift to every victim.”
—VICKI BOURUS, SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault former executive director
2022 HOPE PYX GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS WINNER
Not sure if it’s abuse?
Award-winning author, speaker, and survivor Patty Wain Smith understands the confusion and the pain. She knows what it feels like to try everything in a relationship where nothing makes sense and nothing works. She shows us what abuse looks like and a way to the other side—to peace, love, light, happiness, and to freedom—within the empowering embrace of A Letter to a Friend: The Story of Abuse in America.
Patty goes beyond self-help and documentaries. 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.
- Creative and empowering—the reader becomes part of the story and experiences that empowerment and self-love are elements of the Christian faith.
A Letter to a Friend: The Story of Abuse in America converges psychology, counseling, domestic violence, child development, and Christian principles into a short, powerful read. 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
© 2000 Patricia Wain Smith, All Rights Reserved.
Words | Music Patty Wain Smith
Performer: Rachel Pitts