A least one out of every three women and one out of every six men have experienced some form of sexual abuse. Regardless of the circumstances of the violation, every survivor can attest that it will impact relationships with parents, friends, spouses, children, and God. Sexual abuse survivors are often left feeling isolated and without anyone to trust. But it does not have to be this way.
Nicole Braddock Bromley understands the fears and anxieties victims face as they seek to build healthy relationships after sexual abuse. As a survivor herself, Nicole offers readers the power and hope necessary to share their story, build intimacy, and develop healthy communication in all their relationships.
Breathe also serves as a helpful tool for those in relationship with an abuse survivor by providing guidance, confidence, and encouragement as they seek to help and support.
Breathe is to Hush as fulfillment is to a promise. Nicole's experience, wisdom, compassion and insight uniquely qualify her to console, encourage and challenge victims of sexual abuse in their ongoing healing. She also masterfully addresses those who help, offering information and advice. Each chapter is cohesively written with an account of a person from the Bible, an explanation of difficulties inherent in that particular element of recovery or support, narrative examples from people Nicole has encountered in her ministry and a "life letter" written by someone other than Nicole, addressing the reader from his or her perspective--friend, mother, husband, fellow victim. Every reader will leave the book with clearer understanding of and commitment to the "circle of inspiration" God intended for those who have been victimized by childhood sexual abuse. Breaking the silence begins the healing. Thriving relationships are the "next step" and the reward of God's promise to dry every tear and bind every wound. Breathe helps us take that step.
-Edee Shulze, PhD, Vice President for Student Life, Bethel University
Those who have experienced sexual abuse as children know it is a dark and lonely road. This book shines the light of truth in such a practical way, and it provides a helping hand reaching out to those struggling for another breath. I know God is going to use this book in many lives for hope and healing.
-Chris Fabry, author and host of Chris Fabry Live!