Journey to Heal by Crystal Sutherland

Am I worthless? Will I get past the pain? Do I matter to God? A woman who was sexually abused as a child is confronted with many similar questions, and Crystal Sutherland wants women to have answers to these questions in her new book, Journey to Heal. Crystal—herself a survivor of CSA—knows that while the recovery process is complex, healing is possible with God’s help. Journey to Heal guides readers through seven essential steps to recovery found in Scripture. Infused with biblical truths, stories of hope from other survivors, and practical wisdom, this book leads women to discover the life of wholeness God has for them.

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Journey to Heal: Seven Essential Steps of Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (Kregel, April 2016)

A path of hope and healing for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

A woman who was sexually abused as a child is confronted with many internal questions: Am I worthless? Will I get past the pain? Do I matter to God? These and similar questions can carve a deep hole in an already wounded soul. Too often, the lies of worthlessness are believed, the pain becomes too much to handle, and survivors find themselves making choices that lead to more heartbreak. With over 42 million survivors (both male and female) in the United States alone, the need for a clear path to healing is great.

Crystal Sutherland—herself a survivor of CSA—knows that while the recovery process is complex, healing is possible with God’s help. For women who want to progress from simply coping to living abundantly, Journey to Heal guides readers through seven essential steps to recovery found in Scripture. Candid and open about her personal journey of healing, Crystal comes alongside her reader as a friend who understands. Infused with biblical truths, stories of hope from other survivors, and practical wisdom, this book leads women to discover the life of wholeness God has for them.

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Crystal Sutherland

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Crystal M. Sutherland is a writer, speaker, ministry leader, and mentor for survivors of sexual abuse. She has fifteen years of experience in ministry, including women’s ministry, youth ministry, worship, and Bible teaching. She has also written and led a women’s Bible study for female survivors of sexual abuse. Her work can also be seen on her active blog.

Find out more about Crystal at http://www.crystalsutherland.org/.
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A path of healing for survivors of childhood sexual abuse

Crystal M. Sutherland draws from her journey to offer hope to those on the same road

4/15/2016 || Seattle: A woman who was sexually abused as a child can wrestle her whole adult life with questions such as, Am I worthless? How can I move past the hurt? Do I matter to God? This internal turbulence can carve a deep hole in an already wounded soul. Crystal M. Sutherland’s own experiences as a child led her to write Journey to Heal: Seven Essential Steps of Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (Kregel Publications/April 27, 2016/ISBN: 978-0825444012/$14.99).

With more than 42 million victims (both male and female) of child sexual abuse in the U.S. alone, the need for healing is enormous. While there is no simple formula for those seeking recovery, Sutherland believes the Bible contains essential guidance for moving toward peace. Journey to Heal is a practical and comprehensive study of seven steps specifically for female survivors who want to progress from simply coping with life to living abundantly. Calling her book “a road map to recovery,” Sutherland invites readers to process their stories, reject shame and discover God’s love for them.

Many of the lessons Sutherland shares in Journey to Heal were learned in the trenches of her own prayerful and painful recovery. Abused by a stepfather for six years from the age of nine, she lived in a broken state. Acting out promiscuously in high school, she soon found herself in the midst of a teen pregnancy. Even after she married, started a family and reconnected with her childhood faith, she still attempted to mask her pain through food, shopping and staying busy all the time. After years of hiding, her world started to fall apart. She finally responded to God’s call to seek him and his word and found her path to healing. “As the Lord brought restoration into my life, I sensed He was encouraging me to share my journey with others so they too could experience the freedom His love brings,” she reveals. “Telling my story is a small part of this book. I share it so my readers know I am a friend who understands what they are going through.”

Sutherland is now a licensed professional counselor and mentors fellow survivors, assuring them that their abuse is not the end of their stories. She speaks boldly in A Journey to Heal, offering answers to some of their toughest questions. With compassion, she deliberately avoids detailed descriptions of her own abuse story, which can be a hurtful trigger for victims, focusing instead on helping them tell their own stories from a healthy place. Infused with biblical truths, stories of hope from other survivors and practical wisdom, readers will be moved along their path toward wholeness.

“My heart is to come alongside other women and encourage them in their journey of faith,” Sutherland says. “I don’t have all the answers, and I don’t have the power to heal their heart, but I will endeavor to point them to the One who does.”

Learn more about Journey to Heal and Crystal M. Sutherland at www.crystalsutherland.org, Facebook (Crystal.Sutherland) or Twitter (@cryssutherland).

Advance Praise

“Crystal Sutherland’s Journey to Heal is an empathetic guidebook for those suffering the ravages of past sexual abuse. Readers will discover a clear pathway through the muck toward wholeness and health in its pages, written by a survivor who understands.” ~ Mary DeMuth, author of Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing After Sexual Abuse

“Sexual abuse hurts children at some of the deepest levels experienced in our broken world, but you don’t have to feel alone. This book can help you reject shame and discover God’s love and care.” ~ Michael Prasse, MACC, LPC, counselor specializing in abuse recovery

About the Author

Crystal M. Sutherland is a speaker, ministry leader, mentor for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and author of Journey to Heal: Seven Essential Steps of Recovery from Childhood Sexual Abuse.

Sutherland holds a MA in Theological Studies from Liberty University and has more than 18 years of ministry experience, including women’s, youth, worship and Bible teaching. She is also a biblical counselor at her church. Her work can also be found on her blog and in contributions to lifelettercafe.com.

Sutherland and her husband, Wes, have three children and two grandchildren. The couple makes their home in Wilmington, NC, with their youngest child. Sutherland is in her 13th year of homeschooling, which she says is a pretty big deal for someone who once promised herself she would never be a mini-van-driving stay-home mom! Her passion is to encourage women in their faith and lead them to the hope and healing only found in Jesus Christ.

Keep up with Crystal M. Sutherland online at www.crystalsutherland.org, Facebook (Crystal.Sutherland) or Twitter (@cryssutherland).

Suggested interview questions

—Your book, Journey to Heal, addresses an especially sensitive subject. How prevalent is child sexual abuse in our country?

—This is a very personal topic for you. Why did you decide to share such a difficult and private story in the form of this book?

—Could anyone have known what was happening to you? What are some of the warning signs adults should be aware of when abuse is present?

—Even though you were in church by the time you were a teen, promiscuity and pregnancy became a part of your story. Why do so many victims of childhood sexual abuse find themselves in similar situations?

—What were some of the unhealthy habits you adopted as an adult in an attempt to cope with your pain?

—What happened that caused you to confront what had happened and begin healing? How did you get started?

—How can Journey to Heal be a tool for those who want to find emotional and spiritual freedom?

—How did you incorporate other survivors’ experiences into Journey to Heal?

—What role does faith play in recovery?

—Why do you think it’s so critical to write down specifically what happened during the abuse?

—A child is never responsible for being exploited, but why do survivors often feel so much shame and guilt? Do those feelings ever go away?

—You write in Journey to Heal that you keep a photo of yourself on display that was taken shortly before the abuse began. Why do you do that, and why do you recommend other survivors do it as well?

—Was your stepfather ever held accountable for what he did? Is justice important in recovery?

—What would you say to someone who is holding this secret right now, afraid to reach out for help?

To request a review copy of Journey to Heal, to schedule an interview with Crystal M. Sutherland, or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

Buzz

“This book can help you reject shame and discover God’s love and care.Whether you are afraid of dealing with a wound covered up long ago or are afraid of being defined by someone else’s traumatic choices, this book can be your guide to wholeness.” —Michael Prasse, MACC, LPC,counselor specializing in abuse recovery

“Crystal Sutherland’s Journey to Heal is an empathetic guidebook for those suffering the ravages of past sexual abuse. Readers will discover a clear pathway through the muck toward wholeness and health in its pages, written by a survivor who understands.” —Mary DeMuth, author of Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing After Sexual Abuse

“I’m so thankful Crystal wrote Journey to Heal. This book is going to help so many people who have endured childhood sexual abuse. Crystal writes in a powerful and practical style. Let the healing begin.” —Derwin L. Gray, lead pastor of Transformation Church, author of Crazy Grace for Crazy Times

Reviews

  • ‘JOURNEY TO HEAL’ BY CRYSTAL SUTHERLAND

    This was a difficult book to read due to the subject matter, and due to knowing (as we all do) victims of abuse. It was a very well written book and would be extremely helpful as a tool to go along with counseling – this book is not a replacement for that!

    After each chapter topic or step in the healing process, Sutherland includes a “Journey Essentials” section – a prayer, a scripture, a question, and some personal journalling space.

    This book is helpful for those who would like to come alongside and support a friend who is in the healing process, and of course, extremely valuable for those working on their healing. I highly recommend this book.

    Written by Tammy is Blessed on September 26, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.ca/review/R2SR1UUI9WN6W1/ref=pe_1086170_134824320_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘JOURNEY TO HEAL’ — A BOOK REVIEW

    Childhood sexual abuse has been kept quiet way too long. We hear so much more now than we ever have. But even still their are way too many people suffering in silence, wanting to move forward, to heal but not knowing how or even where to begin. This book is one of the best places I have found to help.

    Written by http://livinglifewiththeloves.blogspot.com/ on June 16, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R36V6NUAXIG25W/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘JOURNEY TO HEAL’ BY CRYSTAL SUTHERLAND

    The author speaks to you as a friend, as her words resonate with abuse survivors much more than if they were coming from an abuse-free history. My copy is sprinkled with tears. Hearing from another survivor that the abuse wasn’t your fault – that phrase means so much more when the person who speaks it suffered through the same things. This wording is repeated throughout the book, as Crystal strives to speak the truth. Each chapter is accompanied by encouraging words and personal anecdotes, constantly reminding you that no matter how much the journey hurts, you’ve got this. And those words are what keep you going.

    Written by Writing Abby on June 16, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/ROHPVFKU7UCBL/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘JOURNEY TO HEAL’ REVIEW

    This book is such a gift and an amazing resource for those survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I can definitely see this book giving hope to those who feel depressed, alone, and helpless. What an awesome book to read with a survivors group or friend who knows your story and will hold you accountable.

    Written by The Talbert Report on June 15, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1MZS5UXVX0BS1/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘JOURNEY TO HEAL’

    This book was so very, very hard to read. I am not a victim myself but I have known many people are and this gave me a rare glimpse into what they struggle with. The author shared her own very horrific and deeply personal experience with sexual abuse as a child and it was absolutely heart breaking, How she was able to find healing and strength from the Lord is an amazing testimony. This book addresses 7 steps to help those survivors find healing from their past. Filled with so much insight and wisdom this book is an excellent read for those who have suffered or know someone who has suffered. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on June 15, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1M0R3V7A0M8TO/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘JOURNEY TO HEAL’ BY CRYSTAL SUTHERLAND {A REVIEW}

    I found this book to be a great resource to healing and I was blessed to be able to pass along to a dear friend who was a victim.

    My one caution to those who would read this book for healing, it should NOT take the place of seeking out professional help. Yes, Jesus can heal anyway He chooses, but this is one road women should not go alone. They should not rely on their own brain and will power to muscle through to healing. I would recommend using this book in addition to counseling with a professional.

    If you, or someone you know was sexually molested as a child, I highly recommend this book. Crystal has “Journey Essentials” at the end of each chapter, a prayer, Scripture to read, a question and then something to journal. This is GREAT!

    Written by My Full Cup on June 15, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1KGQXEHE35VT7/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • VALUABLE RESOURCES FOR SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS, BOTH MALE AND FEMALE

    I’ve been following Crystal for a while, and her heart for these women is just so darn beautiful. Her words resonate truth and speak life. This book isn’t “preachy” but filled with compassionate and empathy. Journey to Heal is such a gift.

    Written by Mama Bear Reads on June 14, 2016

  • HELPFUL RESOURCE TO TAKE STEPS IN HEALING FROM CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE

    One of the things I like about this book is that Sutherland emphasizes God’s love for us throughout the book, and roots our healing on this understanding. We all try various things to heal ourselves but often find these attempts fall short of actually aiding to our healing process; but actually leads to masking and hiding what we feel. As Sutherland reinforces throughout the book, only God can truly heal us and transform our lives. Sutherland even included a chapter dedicated to helping the reader understand God’s character in pain and suffering.

    Written by Reflections: Inspiring people to be more on June 13, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R26Q51SQZ8U9CH/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0825444012&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=283155&store=books

  • ‘JOURNEY TO HEAL’ BY CRYSTAL SUTHERLAND

    It is sad that there needs to be a book written about sexual abuse. Crystal does a wonderful job of offering hope and healing for those who have been forced onto that road.

    Written by Inklings and Notions on June 13, 2016

  • A POWERFUL DUO OF BOOK THAT WILL BRING HEALING IN THE WAKE OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE — REVIEWED

    This is a unique and, unfortunately, a desperately needed resource for adults of all ages. These are books that are written by other who have survived and healed from abuse, and they gently bring readers to a place of hope where they can begin their own healing journey. The exercises and prayers found in the pages of these books will strengthen many. I am convinced these books are divine appointments for many! I’ve even suggested these as curriculum for small groups at my church! I am so encouraged that these books exist, and I know many will begin and complete their healing through the pages of these books.

    Written by Window To My World on June 13, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/Journey-Heal-Essential-Survivors-Childhood/dp/0825444012/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

  • ‘JOURNEY TO HEAL’

    This book was such a personal journey that is powerful. I found that this book would be healing to anyone who has suffered such horrible abuse as Crystal utilizes scripture to take people from a place of shame and brokenness to help them discover that God loves them.

    Written by Running Through The Storms on June 13, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/create-review/ref=cm_cr_dp_wrt_summary?ie=UTF8&asin=0825444012&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=283155&store=books#

  • ‘JOURNEY TO HEAL’ REVIEW

    I’ve read it twice and going through it now a third time and highlighting the best parts. That process is taking me a long time…I’m only on chapter 3! I am absolutely, enthusiastically endorsing this book. I could write this book. THIS is very close to the process I went through.

    Written by Walking with Shiloh on June 9, 2016

  • FIVE LEARNINGS AND REALIZATIONS FROM THESE BOOKS ON SEXUAL ABUSE

    Reading this from a survivor herself, I feel that as a friend to a survivor of sexual abuse, I can be of help by telling her/him that it is not their fault; that they are not to be blamed for the actions committed by their perpetrators.

    Written by Reading Ruffolos on June 8, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RLROX1HFYYTJX/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • FIND YOUR FREEDOM!

    I would recommend this book to all females who have been abused. Men could also benefit from reading this book! I especially liked how this book stated truths to encourage and remind readers that they aren’t alone in their journey and also how the abuse wasn’t their fault and they couldn’t have prevented it.

    Written by Andrew Smith’s Blog on June 8, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2ENODNR55YYX0/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0825444012

  • ‘JOURNEY TO HEAL’

    Being sexually abused is one of the most scary thing that someone can go through as a child. There are many things as well as questions that an abused person is faced with in their adult life. Sutherland deals with issues that my haunt an abused person. The book is broken down into seven steps of recovery. The book is a powerful tool that will help someone heal after being abused. The author also answers certain questions such as Am I worthless, Does God care. I recommend this book to a person that needs to mend.

    Written by The Mary Book Reader on June 2, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Journey-Heal-Essential-Survivors-Childhood/dp/0825444012/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464885811&sr=1-1&keywords=Journey+to+heal