The Doghouse Angel: From the Darkness of Abuse to the Light of Healing
Rising Star Press , 2003 (2003)
Reviewed by Melissa Parcel
he journey to healing from an abusive childhood is often fraught with difficulties. Kimberly Steward relates her experiences in
The Doghouse Angel
, telling her story through counseling sessions reflecting back to her earlier years as one of eighteen children. She discusses the physical, emotional, and sexual abuse she endured in such a straightforward manner that the reader will be able to empathize with her pain and feel her hope.
here are many portions of the book that are heartbreaking to read. What these children suffered is beyond most people's ability to comprehend. But for those who have experienced similar situations in their own lives, this book shows that healing can occur. The strength that the author draws from her faith shines through each sentence she writes. Scattered through the book are drawings and poems that helped the author journey toward wholeness. These provide a picture of her attempts to work through the pain in her life.
he Doghouse Angel
should be required reading for counselors, pastors, and others who deal with abused children and with adults still traumatized by their childhood. Kimberly Steward's insights bring the dark secret of abuse into the light. Though this is not an easy book to read, it is enlightening, educational and well worth the time spent.
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