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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
Cathy Studer was six years old when her stepfather started abusing her by telling her she was bad and deserved punishment. The nightmare lasted until her adolescence when her mother discovered the letters in which he had Cathy describe what he was doing to her. From that moment Cathy's healing process began, and she recounts what she underwent and the conclusions she has drawn in the book Broken to Beautifully Whole. This is more than a memoir; it is a means the author has chosen to raise awareness and change things.
When I started reading Broken to Beautifully Whole, I expected to share Cathy Studer's personal story of abuse and healing. Instead, the author offered me something far more profound. Her goal is to invite other people who have been abused or know someone who has been, to come forward and set matters right. I am sure that after reading these pages, many will feel compelled to do so. Studer gives us some frightening percentages (the one that shocked me most was that one in four girls and one in six boys have been or will be abused) but also gives hope to those on the road to recovery by talking to them about resilience, gratitude, faith, and forgiveness. There is more than wisdom in these pages - there is a call to action to change the things we cannot ignore. I hope this book will influence many people. It is the right tool to make the world safer for our children.