In Wounded by Words, the authors explore how emotional abusers isolate,
disorient, and indoctrinate their victims and how their unkind words leave
lasting scars. Sharing personal stories of people from the Bible and from
contemporary life who have suffered verbal abuse, the authors offer
tested, scriptural advice for breaking the cycle. Readers will learn how
to recognize the signs of verbal or emotional abuse, change abusive
patterns, and rediscover hope.
Wounded by Words: Healing the Invisible Scars of Emotional Abuse offers
hope and healing through Christ from these unseen hurts. Women who have
grown up with the harsh reality of verbal abuse understand the pain and
suffering it causes.
The results of this kind of mistreatment may not
cause bruises and other visible injuries, but nevertheless, the scars are
there. These scars remain in the heart and mind, causing fear,
powerlessness, and dependency.
Growing up in an alcoholic home, Karen Kosman learned the pain of
demeaning, caustic words. Susan Osborn also was verbally abused by her
mother. Later both women married men who continued the cycle of emotional
abuse. Once again angry, thoughtless words daily eroded their self-esteem.
Gradually through Scripture, counseling, and God’s love, healing began.
Today, both women are remarried to supportive, Christian husbands, and the
cycle of abuse has been broken. Susan is a CLASS speaker and has published
28 books. Karen is an inspirational speaker for church groups.
Gordon, also verbally abused, has dealt with numerous patients who have
been verbally abused in her 20 years as a marriage and family therapist.
She has published five books, one of which was a Gold Medallion finalist.
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Wounded by Words is a comforting, supporting resource for all those who
are in the healing process from this invisible wound. These stories supply
encouragement for those dark nights when it seems nothing provides relief.
The reader will find renewed strength and great support from those who
have gone before in this journey.
Dave Carder, MA, MFT, Author of Torn Asunder: Recovering from Extramarital
Affairs and coauthor of Secrets of Your Family Tree.
I thought I was reading Wounded by Words to use with my grieving clients,
but as I read memories got loose that I long ago had sealed up to prevent
further harm. And I was reminded that I have wounded loved ones with my
words. This book offers the reader generous hope that one can not just
"defang" the wounding words, but can build some type of relationship with
the wounder. Someone you know—perhaps you—needs this book today!
Harold Ivan Smith, DMin, FT, teaching faculty, American Academy of
Bereavement [by the way, FT means Fellow in Thanatology]
What happens when you put together the ultimate survivor with a master
storyteller and premier family therapist? You get the power house trio of
authors who bring to us Wounded by Words. Kosman, Osborn, and Gordon are
true sages of our time. Their masterful messages speak to the heart of
everyone – who hasn’t been wounded by words? If you are ready to be healed
by words, then this is a must read. I love the stories, and I love the
depth of insights. Congratulations on a terrific work!
Dr. Kevin Downing - Co-Founder, Turning Point Counseling and the Turning
Point Ministry Group