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Trade Paperback
192 pages
Jun 2005
Bethany House

Set Free: Stories of God's Healing Power for Abuse Survivors and Those Who Love Them

by Jan Coates

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Jan Coates’ Set Free is the personal account of abuse survival and recovery. Her story, as well as the stories of many other abuse survivors, is told in an effort to aid survivors, counselors, and those who are involved in ministry to these tender souls.

As a victor and daughter of the King, Jan Coates details the abuse and denial of abuse, as well as the tragic events which led to her eventual reckoning with her past. In the process, she sensitively illuminating the horror of events while remaining ever confident of the Great Physician’s ability to heal.

Using scripture and prayer, she guides the reader through a four-part process: recognizing God’s role; releasing the past; reviving the present; and pursuing the future. Jan has incorporated helpful resources, most notably Neil T. Anderson’s Who I Am in Christ, as a cut out for readers to post where it will be most helpful on difficult days.

While this review is based on an unedited manuscript, this diamond-in-the-rough shines through. Even in this stage, it is full of the light of His glory. Survivors walking through darkness and pain will find themselves among friends. They will also find helpful resources and a true picture of the loving God who has a plan and purpose for their lives. I highly recommend this book for abuse survivors, those who work with them, and those who love them and want to understand the complex issues surrounding abuse. -- Suzanne Rae Deshchidn, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

God Heals Broken Lives

If you—or someone you love—experienced emotional, physical, or sexual abuse as a child, you know something of the brokenness, anger, and helplessness that resulted from it. But there is hope when God reaches down and lifts you up.

Jan Coates will introduce you to real women who were abused, who hit bottom, and now thrive as transformed survivors. Impossible? Improbable? Without God, yes. But there is real hope as you learn to embrace God’s love and claim your new identity in Him. In these encouraging, inspirational, and practical pages, you’ll meet the One who will set you free.