Item description for Secret Survivors: Real-Life Stories to Give You Hope for Healing (Invert) by Jen Howver & Megan Hutchinson...
Overview Written for teens, but also incredibly helpful to anyone working with students, Secret Survivors tells the compelling, true stories of people who have lived through painful secrets. As teens read stories about rape, addiction, cutting, abuse, abortion, and more, they?ll identify with the universal pain in each story and find the strength to share their own story and start healing.
Publishers Description Everyone has secrets. Some you might whisper into a friend s ear, while others may stay locked inside you for years maybe even forever. It s those secrets that you tuck away that eventually control you. You may think you re okay, but really, your secrets can be tearing you apart from the inside out. Secret Survivors tells the compelling, true stories of people who have lived through painful secrets---things that they kept to themselves until they could no longer bear the pain alone. As you read their stories, you ll be drawn into their journeys towards healing, and you ll understand why it s so important to share your secret with someone else in order to start your own healing process. Read the stories of people, who as teens and young adults, dealt with issues like: *Date rape *Physical abuse *Cutting *Pornography addiction *Eating disorders *Incest *Drug and alcohol addiction *Abortion You may find a story that sounds similar to your own secret pain, or you may learn more about secrets that a friend or family member is dealing with. Whether your own story is represented in these pages or not, you ll feel a connection to the people in these stories, because we all have some kind of pain tucked away. But you don t have to feel alone in your pain anymore. After you read the stories of these survivors, you ll find the strength you need to share your own secret and start healing your heart and soul."
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Studio: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.98" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.43" Weight: 0.375 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2008
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310283221 ISBN13 9780310283225 UPC 025986283223
Availability 0 units.
More About Jen Howver & Megan Hutchinson
Jen Howver has worked with students for more than 10 years, and has helped plan, promote, and run student conferences nationwide. She volunteers with the youth ministry in her local church, and is proud to be a secret survivor. When she's not writing or hanging out with students, Jen can be found singing and dancing with her husband, Jay, and their daughters, Noelle and Chloe.
Reviews - What do customers think about Secret Survivors?
Secret Survivors: Hopeful Feb 15, 2010
Title: Secret Survivors: Real-life Stories to Give You Hope for Healing by Jen Howver and Megan Hutchinson.
Time spent on the "to read" shelf: None.
Days spent reading it: 3 days.
Why I read it: I know our youth are sometimes going through really difficult struggles. I thought this book might be a good resource to make available to them.
Brief review: Secret Survivors is a powerful book that talks about the secrets that we hold inside that are tearing us apart. It is told by different "survivors" of some very traumatic secrets. Issues such as cutting, incest, rape, pornography, eating disorders, and abortion are amongst the topics that are talked about.
What I liked about this book is the broad range of topics that are talked about. Each topic is talked about through the words of a survivor. Additionally at the end of each chapter are reflection questions that are applicable for any reader (not just those who have been through that particular secret). This was very helpful in thinking through the issues that the book talks about, and truly bringing healing to hurt and damaged souls.
I cannot even imagine living through some of the issues that are covered in this book. Some made my heart feel like it was breaking right there as I was reading. The book encourages the reader to write out their own survival story from whatever secret is destroying them.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has ANY emotional, physical, or spiritual baggage in their past. Healing is possible, and this book helps you take the first steps. I would also recommend this book to anyone who works with youth (or adults even) who may be dealing with these kinds of issues. I gained a lot of insight into some worlds that I have never delved into before. Overall a worthwhile book to read for me.
Favorite quote: "The reality is that our secrets eat away at us. Secrets break us down emotionally, physically, spiritually, and relationally. The only way to really survive is to break the power our secrets have over us--by telling someone else."
Stars: 4 out of 5.
Final Word: Hopeful.
Peeled Onion Dec 29, 2009
I have a passion for hurting teens and this book has been a great resource for both myself and for the youth I work with. The testimonies are real, honest and heart-warming as they all deal with life's "issues" and hurts but also never fail to point the victory to Christ. I have purchased this book many times because I keep giving my copy away! It also includes a study guide that you can use to go through the book, chapter by chapter, with a youth you might know who is hurting. Also included are resources for different types of hurts that may be helpful to parents or other concerned adults. This book is a "must-have" addition to any concerned adult or youth leader's library!
great resource for students and adults alike.... Oct 10, 2008
This book is wonderful, especially for those who are involved in a Life Hurts God Heals program. It gives the stories of several people who have survived their hurts and/or habits. Each story is unique. It was a very easy read with lots of helpful websites and resources in the back.