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Not Forsaken: A Story of Life After Abuse

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Jenn Greenberg was abused by her church-going father. Yet she is still a Christian. In this courageous, compelling book, she reflects on how God brought life and hope in the darkest of situations. Jenn shows how the gospel enables survivors to navigate issues of guilt, forgiveness, love, and value. And she challenges church leaders to protect the vulnerable among their con ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by The Good Book Company
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Rose Elliott
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this part-memoir, part-theology of abuse and abuse survival, Jennifer shows that God is on the side of the abused. His heart is grieved by their pain and he has not forsake the abused. She shares definitively from Scripture that God never once forsook her, even when she was walking in the darkest depths of the Valley of the Shadow of Death. In the heart-wrenching, beautiful, and refreshing pages of this book, Jennifer discusses Jesus’s heart for the abused, God as our true and perfect Father, ...more
Michael Philliber
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"When evil looms and darkness falls
And tragedy is breaking
When all that's good seems overturned
By God I'm not forsaken
For though I fall or wander far
I'm not too far for saving
And when my Shepherd seeks and finds
How can I keep from singing" (229)?

So cantillates Jennifer Michelle Greenberg, mother, wife, writer, musician and abuse survivor, in her new 240 page hardback "Not Forsaken: A Story of Life After Abuse". This volume is the tale of her terrors and troubles at the hands of an abusive fathe
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Lowell White
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you have ever suffered abuse in any form & seek healing, you need to read Not Forsaken by Jennifer Michelle Greenberg. In relating her pain she shares how she came to heal and invites others to heal with her. I just finished it a few minutes ago and highly recommend it for survivors, those struggling to survive and those who want to understand what others deal with in order to survive abuse. The book will help this last group learn how to help and show compassion.
Emily Schultz
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Are you a Christian and an abuse survivor? Are you trying to understand a loved one who has suffered from years of mistreatment? I can not recommend Not Forsaken enough for you.
When I first started reading this book, I wished deeply that I had something similar when I started my own healing journey three years ago.

Jennifer suffered under basically every form of her abuse her entire life, and wrote this book to untangle many of the lies told to her in her healing process. Should you forgive an ab
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Joelle
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If the balm of Gilead were something tangible, it would be this book. This book flows over all the wounded places in your soul, and reminds you that you're enough. Jenn writes with such humility, yet such intense compassion, that you feel your heart healing even as you weep, because you realize you're no longer alone. You're not a failure for what you feel today. You're not a failure because of what has happened yesterday. The beautiful thing is that this is NOT a self help book: she doesn't che ...more
Amanda
Not Forsaken is part memoir, part theology. Greenberg's book is full of grace and redemption, no "pull yourself up by the bootstraps", Victorious Christian Living theology here. She points to Jesus as the source of love and wholeness in every chapter. I found the chapter on forgiveness (in which the author deals with myths about forgiveness) and the chapter on love (in which she looks at each part of 2 Corinthians 13 to show what love really is) to be particularly good. I would recommend this bo ...more
Megan Lively
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Redeeming and hopeful true life story that’s beneficial for not only victims or survivors of abuse but pastors, Christian leaders, and members of survivors as well.
Persis
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abuse-advocacy
"Not Forsaken" by Jennifer Michelle Greenberg began as a letter to her husband to try to explain the trauma and emotional, mental, and physical aftermath of her child abuse. That letter became this book, and I am so glad she wrote it for the rest of us.

Jenn's writing is candid and honest but with discretion as to some details. Even so her story is heart-wrenching. Yet this book isn't "all about her" but about the God who was faithful to keep, preserve, and now use her to help others. I had to pu
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Kevin Thompson
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Listen to my podcast interview with the author here - https://shows.pippa.io/basic-bible-po...
Gerry Brinkman
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A powerful resource

As a survivor of a violent alcoholic abusive father that had to step in front of my little sisters so he would hit me and not them, I can personally relate to Jenn's story and to how abuse can really warp one's own view of self and everything else.

Today, a full 35 years after the last time my dad tried to beat me with his fists, I can concur with a lot of the emotional discoveries she made and even add kudos for her elegant analysis of how Christ can set us free as we turn to
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Ryan Watkins
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
An emotional and theologically sound book that is very helpful for understanding abuse and how to help those who have suffered it.
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