The Wounded Heart is outstanding! It is my conviction that this is definitely a much-needed book and one I now have on my shelf, along with copies to share whenever I meet people who are on the front lines of ministry with survivors of sexual abuse or survivors ready for the journey. Full of godly wisdom and instruction, I read slowly and did a lot of underlining and pondering. I know so many people who have been through sexual abuse, and this gave me a heart-wrenching look into the depths of difficulties they have. I’ve already recommended The Wounded Heart to several people in ministry and who are mentoring survivors of abuse. Dan has a way of seeing into the heart and soul of the problem and lighting the path for coming out of the darkness.
Dan Allender is a hero, and The Wounded Heart is a classic. I’m so glad its healing power is being updated and reengaged.
This classic book on engaging sexual abuse is back and couldn’t be more relevant for today. Dr. Allender’s work has been pivotal in my own healing journey, and this book will be a trusted guide. Dr. Allender is wise, kind, and fierce as he stares life’s deepest wounds in the face and calls the reader to do the same. I am confident this book will ripen your heart to a redemptive grief and the healing of your own wounded heart. Truly a masterpiece of courage!
As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I held my breath as I read The Wounded Heart, wondering if I’d find pages of platitudes, simplistic answers, or hyped-up guarantees of happily ever after. I needn’t have worried. This book is raw and real—there is no sugarcoating of evil or glossing over the damage done to vulnerable bodies, emotions, and souls. But in a way that touches my heart, Dr. Dan Allender walks with us through the terrible, shattering darkness of childhood sexual abuse, yet gently . . . insistently . . . beckons us to keep walking toward the One who offers the healing love we crave more than anything on earth.
This book became the classic on healing sexual trauma because it works. So hopeful, so powerful. I’m thrilled Dan has released an updated version. I recommend it to everyone I know!
Dan Allender’s ability to walk through the painful and beautiful terrain of the human heart is unparalleled. As a therapist and minster, there is no greater influence on my work. I am so grateful this magisterial work exists.