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Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God's Story [Paperback]

By Wendy Blight (Author)
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One week after Wendy Blight's college graduation she walked into her apartment to find a masked man holding a knife and waiting for her at the top of the stairs. The man spent an hour physically and sexually assaulting Wendy, leaving her changed forever. After this terrifying experience, she lived for years cocooned in a prison of fear, despair, and hopelessness. Finally, after years of vain searching and believing she had nowhere else to turn, she fell on her knees before God and poured out her tears, anger, and questions to Him. Wendy's story is one of transformation from trauma to rebirth through the power of the Word of God.

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One week after Wendy Blight's college graduation, she walked into her apartment to find a masked man holding a knife and waiting for her at the top of the stairs. The man spent an hour physically and sexually assaulting Wendy, leaving her changed forever. After this terrifying experience, she lived for years cocooned in a prison of fear, despair, and hopelessness. Finally, after years of searching and believing she had nowhere else to turn, she fell on her knees before God and poured out her tears, anger, and questions to Him. Wendy's story is one of transformation from trauma to rebirth through the power of the Word of God.
Through "Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner, "the reader will experience hope and the encouragement necessary to press forward to healing and restoration.

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Studio: Moody Publishers
Pages   205
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2009
Publisher   Moody Publishers
ISBN  0802414966  
ISBN13  9780802414960  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! WENDY BLIGHT, a former trial lawyer, is a Bible teacher with Proverbs 31 Ministries and speaks frequently at events, churches, and retreats. Her passion is to help bring hope and healing to women by sharing the life-changing promises found in God s Word. Wendy is author of "Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God s Story. " Wendy, her husband Monty, and their two children live in Charlotte, North Carolina."

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encouraging book  Jan 23, 2010
Although my experiences were quite different from the author's, who was raped as a college student, this book was such an encouragement to me. I first read this book when I checked it out from the library; but I wanted my own copy and I even purchased another copy for a friend. The author writes as if she is speaking right to the reader, which makes it seem very personal. There is a section at the back of the book for reflection and study which is great for personal or group study. Little did I know that the day I checked this book out from the library, I would experience a difficult situation in my marriage. I don't believe it was an accident that I found this book, and it reminded me to put my trust in God no matter what my circumstances.
 
Tragic Pain ~ Tremendous Healing  Jun 23, 2009
"There was a time when a rape victim defined my life and left me physically void, cocooned in a prison of fear. It stole my every hope and dream. But God's love and His Word set my heart free. I learned that within the confines of God's story, nothing had been stolen from me, rather everything was given to me. My life, which felt so out of control, was in reality in complete control - God's control."

~ Wendy Blight
Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God's Story

Hidden JoyHidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God's Story, by Wendy Blight, is the personal story of a tragic dark hour in her life that caused great pain, I cannot imagine, nor do I want to. One week after Wendy's college graduation she was violently raped and assualted in her apartment. She asks the many questions we all do when going through the valleys of life, "Where was God?" and "Why did God allow this?" For many years she lived in her own prison of fear, dispair and hopelessness. Even after she was married and had children, she did not want to be left alone, always making arrangments to go somewhere or have someone stay with her.

"Satan took every opportunity to return me to a place of vulnerability and weakness. He knew fear paralyzed me and left me ineffective as a wife, as a mother, and as a friend. Even more significant and more pleasing to him, I was ineffective to God."

I don't know the fear of such violence and being alone. But I know the fear of letting children drive away in their car (or worse yet, a motorcycle), going away to camp, or to college. What if a deer runs in front of him? What if "games" are played at camp that took my son's life? What if my daughter who is on coumadin gets hit in the head by a volleyball? What if . . . and Satan continues to tear away my (our) joys and those around us.

Wendy shares her testimony of forgiveness, healing and major transforming by grace because of the power of God and His Word. She does not want the focus to be "rape" but what God can do with the dark corners in your life and how you can find your hidden joy.

"I want desperately for you to believe that God has a redemptive plan for your life and that no one and nothing can take that from you. No circumstance is too difficult and no choice too reprehensible, and no pain too deep for God to redeem. Before my rape occurred, God had set into motion His plan to heal and restore my broken heart. His only requirement was that I take the first step. I had to surrender my brokenness, my sorrow, my anger, and my pain and place it fully in His hands. When I took that step and sought Him for my answers, His redemptive plan immediately began to play out in my life."

In the back of this 206 page book is a "Guide for Reflection and Study" which would be ideal for group studies. From Chapter One, "Valley of Weeping" here is the first question for thought . . .

1. Do you currently have a loss, a hurt or trial that is burdening your heart?
a. How does this burden currently affect your life?
b. Have you tried to deal with this issue through means other than God?"

The author also has a blog and has an on line group going through her book and sharing about the questions in this section. I invite you to read Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner. It's one of those books you might want to purchase a couple of - to give away and/or to have on hand. It should be in your local library and church library. Give one to your local rape crisis center. It's a must read book.
 
Hidden Joy  Jun 11, 2009
Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner
The Transforming Power of God's Story
Wendy Blight
2009
Moody Publishers
Religion/Christian Life/Spiritual Growth

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Wendy, a young college graduate was on her way. She had just graduated from college, was getting ready to be married and was spending her last few days of vacation before starting a new job, with her friends, when the unthinkable happened. A masked man, viciously raped her, in her own home. Her life would never be the same again.

Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner is Wendy's story of her life and learning to live with the after effects of being sexually assaulted. Her questions for God, her raving and anger towards God for allowing this to happen, and her healing and recovery is all recorded in this book. Wendy learns that the Bible is more than the storybook, she had always thought it was. She found life, healing and answers in her Bible. Follow along as she finds the answers to why God allowed this to happen in her life, as she learns the importance of quiet time with God, the power of prayer, and discovers the wonderful life to be found in a personal relationship with God.

Hidden Joy is a book that is well written, very easy to read and a book that speaks to your inner being. I highly recommend this book, to any one dealing needing emotional healing in their lives. The end of the book has a chapter by chapter guide for study and reflection. Wendy Blight has written a book that can bring emotional healing to all who read it. 205 pages [...]
 
Michele Harmon  Mar 4, 2009
A must read! Wendy's story is so beautifully woven with truth and grace. This book shows intimately how totally dependant we are on God. I can not wait to dig deeper into the scriptures through the study guide that is given in the back of the book. Her journey is so inspiring. I can't imagine not being a better person because of this book.
 
A must read  Mar 4, 2009
Wow! This book is a must read. Wendy's story tells how God's Word can transform your heart, mind and spirit. Whether you are in a dark corner or not, this book helps answer tough questions about who God is and how we can know him more intimately. I am encouraged by Wendy's journey of faith, especially that it didn't happen overnight. By continuing to seek God in scripture over many years, He continued to reveal Himself to her. And her story shows that the more God reveals Himself, the easier it is to trust Him...to not just believe in God but believe God.
 

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