“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
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
In this spectacular debut, Patty Wain Smith delivers an authentic and emotionally raw love letter to victims. This unforgettable book transcends 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)
Words | Music Patty Wain Smith