Item description for Little Girl Lost: One Woman's Journey Beyond Rape by Leisha Joseph, Deborah Bruner Mendenhall & Nicky Cruz...
Overview The author describes how she forged a strong relationship with God out of the tragic events of her life, which included her mother's violent mental breakdown, her early addiction to drugs, and her rape as a teenager
Publishers Description Leisha Joseph enjoyed a happy childhood as the treasured only daughter of an upper-middle-class family with three brothers and doting parents. When she was eight years old, all this changed abruptly with the death of her father. The strain on her mother manifested itself in wild behavior: After trying to burn the house down and chasing Leisha with a butcher knife, she was taken to the state mental hospital. Following the death of her beloved grandparents, Leisha was left to the care of her mother, who was frequently in and out of mental hospitals, and brought home a string of boyfriends, some of whom preferred children and made their way to Leisha's bed. Although Leisha found God as a teenager, that comfort did not last long. She became disillusioned with Christianity and experimented with drugs until an overdose had her on her knees, promising to serve God all her life if he saved her. She was sober in an instant, and has kept her promise.
Just as Leisha had managed to turn her life around and was a finalist in the Miss Teen USA pageant, she suffered a violent rape at the hands of a serial sex offender. Yet God intervened once more, giving her the words that would save her life and would eventually cause her attacker to confess. Even when he escaped and came after her as he threatened to do, Leisha refused to let fear dominate her life. Although the events of her life are sensational, the deeper story lies in her relationship with God, and what she can teach others who live with fear and the pain resulting from violence and trauma.
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Studio: Galilee Trade
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.64" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.69 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 1999
Publisher Galilee Trade
ISBN 0385492405 ISBN13 9780385492409
Availability 0 units.
More About Leisha Joseph, Deborah Bruner Mendenhall & Nicky Cruz
Leisha Joseph is former president of LJ & Co., a Christian ministry marketing and product development company. She has worked with such organizations as Focus on the Family, Promise Keepers, and Christian Coalition. She is married and has a thirteen-year-old son.
Reviews - What do customers think about Little Girl Lost: One Woman's Journey Beyond Rape?
EXCELLENT Jun 28, 2002
I found this book very interesting and helpful, as I was kidnapped, stabbed and raped 12 yrs ago....this book was one of the best I have read since that time....it takes a very strong survivor to write about such an ordeal...I hope to be able to write one someday...this is my goal in life as it may be able to help someone else...we need to get these rapists off the streat and to let everyone know that it is very important to report rapes...once again....thanks for a great book...
Leisha Joseph, one of my favorite Authors Jan 26, 2002
My review is based on, not only the book, but on real life events that me and her have faced together. Hi, im the stepdaughter of Leisha Joseph. I'm not only giving the book 5 stars because she's my stepmom but, because i have read the book, and it seems, even to a 13 year old like myself, interesting. I think she deserves the 5 stars for, all the hard work she's ever done in her life. Writing a book, writing tons of childrens books like her new Christmas one that just came out. Basically, going on with her life no matter what challenges lie ahead of her, Leisha, is the most loving person i have ever met.
Love for God Aug 2, 2001
Leisha, I went to convention this past week in Knoxville, Tennessee and on Saturday night when you spoke, it was such a wonderful yet scary story. I was touched by how strong you are. God has been there for you a lot and I hope that if I am ever in a situation like that, I will have the Faith to do what you've done. Thanks for speaking to us.
Inspiring Jun 25, 2001
I was sitting at my aunts house when I seen this book and I grabbed it and read the short paragraph about the book and just that was enough for me to see I would love this book! So I asked my aunt to borrow it and brought it home and started reading it! I never wanted to put it down cause it always brought interest! I read the whole story and it inspired and amazed me! Never have I seen one person have so much faith in God! I would love to meet her and tell her my thoughts!
A helpful book to help those whom have been through rape Jun 15, 2001
I read Leisha's book and it helped me to deal with some of the things that I had gone through on a personal level. I too came from a "Dysfunctional Family" I can relate because we have similar backgrounds even though our paths in life are different. At the time I first recalled a flash back and memories came back. There was not too many resources out there to read and to know that I wasn't alone.
It is very difficult to deal with depression and flashbacks but Leisha's book assures you that through her spoken testamony that God was there. It was her faith in God that inspires you. Some of us were not raised in christian homes and it shows that God truly loves us through his grace. Rape can happen any where at any time and God does see all. He is a just and loving God despite what happens. Leisha's book has helped me to open up more to others and it is truly a blessing to know that someone else understands your hurt.
When I was reaching out for help I found comfort when reading this book because there is so little on this subject that the church does not talk about. We need to talk about a topic that has wounded so many people out there. If you are a pastor, preacher, evangelist, lay person, councilor, rape victim or even a person who has never been through what she experienced please read this book! It will become a help resource that you can use to help those whom you love whom are rape survivors.