“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
“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
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
Words | Music Patty Wain Smith