"Healing Voices" consists of 11 real-life stories of women who have experienced various forms of violence (domestic violence, rape, incest, and other violent acts), with their "common thread" being the realization they survived because of their faith in God. Some of the women have chosen to remain anonymous and others reveal their identities, but all desire their voices be heard and want their stories to inspire hope and renewal for other women who may be in abusive relationships, or who are recovering from such experiences. Each woman's story is followed by a spiritual reflection written by a female clergy person to help discern the message of hope that each story reveals.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author J. Harris is a native Texan residing in Dallas, TX. She has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and holds a B.A. degree in Social Welfare from Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX, and a Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School - Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, TX. She is the president and founder of Tapestry Ministries, Inc., a 501C3 organization that provides academic and life-skills classes to teens through the YES (Youth Expecting Success) Program, and Tapestry Women's Ministry that provides support services to women who are victims of abuse. She is a Parish Nurse, mother, grandmother, pastor, preacher, speaker, and teacher. Because of her own experience of abusive relationships, she has a heart to hear and tell the stories of women of faith who have survived domestic violence. She understands that her relationship with God was the source of her survival. She is a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX.
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