Childhood sexual abuse is running rampant, yet it's the best-kept secret in our nation today. Its victims grow into adulthood with their little child's heart trapped in the pain and torment of their past. Nicole Braddock Bromley shares her own story and the steps to moving from silence to healing. Hush exposes the harsh realities of childhood abuse, explains the pain it causes, examines the false beliefs it creates, and empowers survivors to begin a personal journey toward healing by breaking the silence.
With words of understanding and comfort, Nicole tells the real-life stories of those whose voices would otherwise never be heard. She is straightforward enough to pierce the hearts of those in a survivor's circle of influence, yet careful to tread lightly on what could be tender words.
Nicole's book Hush is honest and takes a much-needed look at an issue that has been quiet for far too long. I know so many people will benefit from reading this book.
-Craig Gross, Founder of XXXchurch.com
For those who are searching for hope and help, Nicole gently leads them to the only true Source of Healing, the Lord Jesus Christ. Her life story and the message of this book accentuate how someone's courage, honesty, forgiveness, and trust--as well as counseling and close relationships--all have their place along the journey. Nicole uses her story and the accounts of others she has met along the way to weave together insights of how God reaches into places where the deepest, darkest secrets are hidden and says, "You no longer have to hush." This is a well-balanced and sensitively written resource for survivors and those who want to help them.
-Dr. Edee Schulze, Dean of Student Life, Wheaton College
For over 30 years I have worked with many people, from child molesters to survivors to victims of priest/clergy abuse most recently. And still I wonder and ask why the Christian community is so reluctant to address this profound need in our world. What Nicole Braddock Bromley does for survivors of childhood sexual abuse in Hush is what Jesus Himself did for the mute--gives them back their voice. Her courage and honesty that flow from these pages provide hope for God's hurting and wounded children. Nicole's insights on spiritual healing reveal a wisdom far beyond her years.
-Victoria Kepler Didato, Director of Child Sexual Abuse Institute of Ohio
Hush is so much more than a compelling account of one woman's journey into wholeness. This book provides a genuine education for victims, their families, and those who want to help them. Hush is a model of healing as it frees the wounded of the stigmatization that so often comes with sexual abuse. The book effectively addresses issues of faith, of intimate relationships, and offers practical advice for those who want to tell someone about their victimization. This fine book debunks the false and dangerous notions that abuse does not occur in Christian homes. I wish everyone would read this book!
-Elizabeth Dermody Leonard, PhD, Professor of sociology, Vanguard University