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Laura Davis

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In her 30+ year career as an author and writing teacher, Laura Davis has written seven non-fiction books that change peoples’ lives. Laura’s ground-breaking books have been translated into 11 languages and sold more than two million copies.

The Courage to Heal and The Courage to Heal Workbook paved the way for hundreds of thousands of women and men to heal from the trauma of sexual abuse. Becoming the Parent You Want to Be a rich resource guide, co-authored with parenting expert Janis Keyser, helps parents develop a vision for the families they want to create. And I Thought We'd Never Speak Again teaches the skills of reconciliation and peace building to the world, one relationship at a time.

Her forthcoming October 2021 memoir, The Bu
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Words That Sting


“Words are more powerful than perhaps anyone suspects, and once deeply engraved in a child’s mind, they are not easily eradicated.”


–May Sarton


Tell me about something that was said to you as a child that you will never forget.

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Despite childish fantasies about "what we want to be when we grow up," we never really live just one life. As we move through different decades and stages, we discover that life is not just about one set identity; it's a constant process of evolution ...more
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In the early morning hours, I’ve been slowly savoring Three Simple Lines, Natalie Goldberg's exquisite tribute to the Japanese art of haiku. The short, vivid chapters of this slim volume, documenting her pilgrimage to honor the Japanese masters of ha ...more
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Lisa Lucca documents her struggle to make peace with her father, who leaves her family to come out and live as a gay man. We watch Linda move from shock and disgust to acceptance to ultimately, understanding of the complex man he was. And in the proc ...more
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I Am Not a Juvenile Delinquent celebrates the healing power of words. It tells the story of Sharon Charde, a psychologist devastated by the death of her son, who volunteers to run a poetry program at a residential treatment program for teenage girls ...more
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When I Was Her Daughter tells a powerful tale of trauma, survival and the redemptive power of love. I could not put Leslie Ferguson's riveting, vivid, excruciating and beautiful story down. ...more
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"As a writing student, I was amazed at the ease Laura Davis moves through the story of her complicated, often painful relationship with her mother, braiding timelines effortlessly and bringing such an honest, clear voice to the scenes and reflection w" Read more of this review »
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"This book was beautifully written and a real page-turner. I think Davis did such a good job of showing all the conflicting emotions she went through in going on this journey with her mother and their family. Davis' story is inspiring."
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Laura tells her story about her relationship with her mother seemingly with no holds barred yet it’s a very easy read. She is profoundly honest and courageously addresses our common hidden shame revealing the authentic" Read more of this review »
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“Abuse manipulates and twists a child’s natural sense of trust and love. Her innocent feelings are belittled or mocked and she learns to ignore her feelings. She can’t afford to feel the full range of feelings in her body while she’s being abused—pain, outrage, hate, vengeance, confusion, arousal. So she short-circuits them and goes numb. For many children, any expression of feelings, even a single tear, is cause for more severe abuse. Again, the only recourse is to shut down. Feelings go underground.”
Laura Davis, Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Is a Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse

“Many survivors insist they’re not courageous: ‘If I were courageous I would have stopped the abuse.’ ‘If I were courageous, I wouldn't be scared’... Most of us have it mixed up. You don’t start with courage and then face fear. You become courageous because you face your fear.”
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“Survivors often develop an exaggerated need for control in their adult relationships. It’s the only way they feel safe. They also struggle with commitment—saying yes in a relationship means being trapped in yet another family situation where abuse might take place. So the survivor panics as her relationship gets closer, certain that something terrible is going to happen. She pulls away, rejects, or tests her partner all the time.”
Laura Davis, Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Is a Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse

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