“Forgiving the Nightmare” is a beautiful, faith filled testimony of the author’s life. Mark Sowersby was born out of wedlock, had a learning disability and was repeatedly raped as a child. He had plenty of reason to be angry.
For any person who endured trauma, shame or ongoing injustice, I heartily recommend this book. Especially for men who were raped as children. Growing up living in shame and being used and looked down upon by others leaves a person predisposed to living his/her entire lifetime with those feelings and thoughts and, as such, we develop coping mechanisms that are hard to unlearn in adulthood. Forgiveness is key to being set free from these burdens. Mark’s book is a trailmap through the wilderness of pain, dysfunction and anger from having endured such unspeakable trauma.
I hope that counselors, especially Christian counselors, might recommend this book to their clients who have had similar childhoods. Especially to men; but women as well.
There are so, so many lines in this book that I feel are “quotable” – well written and worth remembering.
The format and graphics are particularly helpful to me. I am also a survivor and I also enjoy hiking. I also believe that God has a purpose for my life – as He does for each person’s life.
On page 114 Mark wrote “The purpose of sharing my testimony is to help others on their journey of forgiveness”. This book certainly helped me. I want to add (as Mark did on page 116) that another purpose for this testimony was to give glory, honor and praise to God for His unfailing LOVE.
The entire book is an inspiration.
“In Christ we are adopted… justified, redeemed, reconciled, and chosen. In Christ we are victorious, filled with joy and peace. What a wonderful Savior is our Lord Jesus Christ!” page 116 – That says it all.