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Healing the Soul After Religious Abuse
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"In Healing the Soul After Religious Abuse, Mikele Rauch has constructed a tremendous gift to the men, women, and children affected directly or indirectly by religious abuse. The full impact of this groundbreaking, immensely eloquent book has to do not just with the author's intimate and deeply nuanced understanding of religious abuse, but the radiant significance she attaches to religiousness itself. If she persuades her reader that religious abuse can cut into the very foundation of self, it is because she has already persuaded him in one powerful narrative after another, most poignantly her own, that the longing for light, life, truth, and connection we associate with religious impulses lies at the very core of human being--is definitive of who we are. There is a real bodhi-sattva spirit moving through this book." -- Carol Lee Flinders, Author of Enduring Lives: Portraits of Women and Faith in Action "This book is, by turns, clinical observation, memoir, essay, and epic. It is universal and deeply personal, general and specific, prose and poetry, Western and Eastern, Catholic and secular, traditional and new-age, clear and confusing, open, pained and relieved, comforting and challenging-and always loving and touching. Thus, it is much like its author, and could not have been written by anyone else. Read it. You may not like all of it, but you will not dismiss it easily or soon forget it." -- Mike Lew, Author of Victims No Longer and Leaping upon the Mountains "This is a dark book--suffering is not sunshine--but almost paradoxically, it is crisply written and a page turner." -- Huston Smith, Author of The Religions of Man and Why Religion Matters

Table of Contents

Series Foreword Acknowledgments Chapter 1 Introduction: The Nightmare of Light Chapter 2 Trouble in the House of God: Trauma and the Life Cycle Chapter 3 Hells Prayer Room: When Religion Is the Abuser Chapter 4 Spiritual Leadership and the Trance of Religious Power Chapter 5 The Blood of Angels: Psychological and Physical Abuse in the Name of God Chapter 6 This Is My Body: When Religious Violate in the Name of GodSexual and Ritual Abuse Chapter 7 The Water You Want: Recovery in Four Directions Chapter 8 The Water of Life Resources Glossary Notes Bibliography

About the Author

Mikele Rauch is a licensed marriage, family, and child therapist with Brookline Psychological Services dealing with trauma, male and female sexual abuse, and clergy abuse. In 2004, she served on the Victims Rights Committee as a part of an Independent Review Board overseeing the Catholic Church's policies and procedures regarding survivors of clergy sexual abuse. She is a psychotherapist specializing in psychotherapy with male and female survivors of physical, sexual, and clergy abuse. She is a member of MaleSurvivor, the National Organization against Male Sexual Victimization and its International Retreat Team. She has written for the Missouri Review, the National Catholic Reporter, Cross Currents Magazine, Healing Ministry, and The New Therapist.

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"This is a dark book--suffering is not sunshine--but almost paradoxically, it is crisply written and a page turner."-Huston Smith, Author of The Religions of Man and Why Religion Matters
"This book is, by turns, clinical observation, memoir, essay, and epic. It is universal and deeply personal, general and specific, prose and poetry, Western and Eastern, Catholic and secular, traditional and new-age, clear and confusing, open, pained and relieved, comforting and challenging-and always loving and touching. Thus, it is much like its author, and could not have been written by anyone else. Read it. You may not like all of it, but you will not dismiss it easily or soon forget it."-Mike Lew, Author of Victims No Longer and Leaping upon the Mountains.
"In Healing the Soul After Religious Abuse, Mikele Rauch has constructed a tremendous gift to the men, women, and children affected directly or indirectly by religious abuse. The full impact of this groundbreaking, immensely eloquent book has to do not just with the author's intimate and deeply nuanced understanding of religious abuse, but the radiant significance she attaches to religiousness itself. If she persuades her reader that religious abuse can cut into the very foundation of self, it is because she has already persuaded him in one powerful narrative after another, most poignantly her own, that the longing for light, life, truth, and connection we associate with religious impulses lies at the very core of human be-ing--is definitive of who we are. There is a real bodhi-sattva spirit moving through this book."-Carol Lee Flinders, author of Enduring Lives: Portraits of Women and Faith in Action

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