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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,492 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellen Bass, Laura Davis Narrator: Ellen Bass, Laura Davis Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9780062262899
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Come to terms with your past while moving powerfully into the future

The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every woman who was sexually abused as a child—and to those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible.

Weaving together personal experience with professional knowledge, the authors provide clear explanations, practical suggestions, and support throughout the healing process. Readers will feel recognized and encouraged by hundreds of moving first-person stories drawn from interviews and the authors' extensive work with survivors, both nationally and internationally.

This completely revised and updated 20th anniversary edition continues to provide the compassionate wisdom the book has been famous for, as well as many new features:

  • Contemporary research on trauma and the brain
  • An overview of powerful new healing tools such as imagery, meditation, and body-centered practices
  • Additional stories that reflect an even greater diversity of survivor experiences
  • The reassuring accounts of survivors who have been healing for more than twenty years
  • The most comprehensive, up-to-date resource guide in the field
  • Insights from the authors' decades of experience

Cherished by survivors, and recommended by therapists and institutions everywhere, The Courage to Heal has often been called the bible of healing from child sexual abuse. This new edition will continue to serve as the healing beacon it has always been.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxanne | 2/10/2014

    " excellent but difficult "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 2/9/2014

    " A very good book and relevant to the subject. Has insights to the problems that childhood abuse has caused which you may not be aware of. Highly recommend if the subject is of interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T. | 2/3/2014

    " These books are very difficult to work through. Sure it is easy to just mindlessly read through it and I could have finished them much more quickly if I had simply just read them. But Healing takes its own time and moving from one part to the next can be the most difficult. Going through these books along side of counseling has been most beneficial. Working through the books helped me stay focused on what I needed to in between counseling visits and also gave me something to talk about at my next appointment. Thank you Silvia for recommending it and all of your help. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sierra crosby | 2/1/2014

    " Often considered the 'bible for survivors'. It is very good, hard to read. There are parts I don't like, and didn't read. Very helpful in starting to heal and throughout the healing journey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/24/2014

    " Great exercises to follow that help women/teens who have been sexually traumatized as children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/16/2014

    " a worthwhile introduction to not feeling crazy anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abilouise | 1/15/2014

    " This isn't my favorite book for survivors, but it's definitely the easiest one to find, and it has some really helpful stuff in it. I have found that reading the first chapter and the stories about peoples' abuse is actually pretty bad for me at this point in my healing. The appendix with resources is a place that I found books and organizations that help me more, and the list in the middle of ways to delay answering people or say "no" to requests is solid gold. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kadie Sanders | 1/14/2014

    " i read this at a weird time in my life. i think some of it is hard to take in. it opened my eyes to some hard issues. like i said though, some of it is hard to read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Read | 12/30/2013

    " Very good, got rid of this book but now I wish I still had it. Good book to go over when needed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 12/21/2013

    " I used to us this a lot with my women clients. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda Rae Baker | 11/20/2013

    " Great reference book and encouragement for those of us who have been through hell and back. There is truly hope for the abused. Keep your chin up. A MUST read for all...there are victums out there everywhere. Ths information is invaluable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawnastebbins | 10/16/2013

    " Easier to read than i thought it would be. Very useful to see that there are others, and i'm not alone. Gives a lot of hope that there IS recovery from this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sidran | 10/10/2013

    " great book for a tough time. if you are a survivor and you can read it straight through, your're not really taking it in. it's a hard book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Marie Angelo | 9/5/2013

    " Read it years ago and wanted to add to my list. A wonderful guide for those in need of healing and those who love and support a survivor. Full of first person stories and creative exercises. Ellen Bass is an effective creative writing teacher for all--whether a survivor or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olive Bukelwa Diamond | 9/4/2013

    " This book was recommended to me by my therapist and I believe it is guide to healing for most silent survivors of sexual abuse.Not only are they sexual abuse victims but they suffer consiquencies of their silence trying to protect the perpetraitor and their families from the scandalby having disorder such as bipolar stroke etc,because even in their silence in their mind they experience trauma.My other friends of age 83 never uttered a word to her fam it continued to be a loving fam but now she suffers stroke.there are many out there who endure this pain.I want to help them by this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 8/28/2013

    " Great tool for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Not to be taken lightly - this book will open doors for healing - but can also bring on unexpected emotions. Use in conjunction with professional counseling recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gabrielle | 6/13/2013

    " Applies to a very certain set of circumstances. For me, my abuse needed to be addressed on a much broader scale. I believe this book is good - but must be recommended for very specific circumsances. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rabbit | 5/27/2013

    " Though I don't agree with everything. This book helped me on the path of healing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marian | 5/25/2013

    " Can be very healing for clients who are survivors of sexual abuse, however sometimes the graphic nature of the content is traumatizing to clients. So, I am very cautious when recommending this as reading to clients and always teach relaxation skills before recommending it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Nain | 5/1/2013

    " I also bought the workbook. The two books together helped me to hel in so many different types of ways. It also gave me insight on to whom to give the blame. Some aspects that had never even been part of my rasstional before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 4/9/2013

    " This book helped me heal as a teen. I used it alone and with my therapist and recommend it to survivors and all those who want to help them "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly White | 2/2/2013

    " I use this workbook all the time in groups. It is helpful and my clients seem to get much help from it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 1/31/2013

    " I enjoyed this one more as a book on tape. Very helpful to any survivor of abuse. Definately a must read for those in recovery or professionals that work in the field of trauma and recovery. "

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About the Author

A pioneer in the field of healing from child sexual abuse, Ellen Bass currently teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University in Oregon. Her poetry books include Mules of Love and The Human Line.

About the Narrator

Laura Davis is the author of The Courage to Heal Workbook, Allies in Healing, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be, and I Thought We'd Never Speak Again. She teaches writing and lives with her family in Santa Cruz, California.