24 February 2011
Rid of My Disgrace
Holcomb, Justin and Lindsey Holcomb. Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011.
I have been searching for a good, solid Christian book about recovery from sexual abuse. The Christian community has spent far too much time ignoring this problem or attempting to wish it away with Romans 8:28. A survivor of sexual abuse does not need platitudes, guilt trips, or more shame.
Because the church as a whole has been unwilling to face the reality of this problem, many survivors are forced to seek help outside the church. I can recommend several very good secular books for survivors, but it is difficult, if not impossible, to find a Christian book that is helpful instead filled with superficial saccharine.
The fact is that sexual assault of any kind leaves some very real scars and that these issues need to be addressed. These issues simply cannot be solved with a "Take two Psalms and call me in the morning" approach.
This book is a refreshing change. Finally a book has been written from a Christian perspective and addresses the real issues that survivors face. Consistent biblical advice and counsel is given in appropriate measure. If I were to speak with a survivor today, I would recommend this book in conjunction with several others.
If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual abuse or assault, I would recommend that you read this book. Also consider visiting the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network's website. You are not alone.