Posted 11 January 2008 - 07:36 AM
Good morning, all!
You're all so much stronger than I've been; reading about other accounts still triggers me.
So the books that I've found most helpful deal with healing and forgiveness, rather than rape and sexual abuse per se...
Thich Nhat Hanh's _The Heart of Understanding_ and _Peace is Every Step_ are real treasures in my library.
Stephen Mitchell's _The Gospel According to Jesus_ transformed my understanding of healing and liberation, epecially his introduction.
Julia Cameron's _The Artist's Way_ has given me so much: a daily journaling practice, a deep understanding of the power of positive affirmations, and the strength and courage to identify as an artist.
Sharon Olds is one of my favorite poets. She has survived so much, and reading her books, I feel I am walking beside her on her journey from childhood abuse to a life transformed by love and acceptance. Powerful medicine, though. I can only read her in bits and pieces.
A good friend continues to give me books on healing, but I still cry whenever I look at their titles.
I think one of them, _Waking the Tiger_ was listed here. Another title is _There is nothing wrong with you!_ Haven't read them, but I trust my friend's advice.
_The Highly Sensitive Person_ helps me to say "no" to things I don't want to do, to conversations I don't want to have...