A Scarlet Cord of Hope

This was recently under my last book review post,  but I wanted to make it easier to find:

At church last week, an author was a guest speaker.  Her story sounded very powerful, so I bought her book:  A Scarlet Cord of Hope by Sheryl Griffin.  Sheryl was brought up as the child of alcoholic parents, and married into an abusive marriage.  I’ve read the horrific memories of the victims in these cases, and even some of the recovery in the aftermath.  None have ever addressed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Anxiety Disorders.  And none have ever addressed it with a Biblical perspective.  I liked so many things about this book.  The really significant piece was the What I Know Now section at the end of each chapter.  It’s almost like following a therapist’s notes through the years.  It just makes such a connection between what occurred in Sheryl’s life, what was real, what actions stemmed from what thinking, and what the Bible says about it.  She never shies away from blame if it truly rests at her feet.  I loved when she actually listed her “basket of tools”:  the things that help her cope when anxiety rears up.  It’s often referred to, but many people keep this so private that it doesn’t even give a bouncing-off place to those who need it.  The whole book is easy to read, with short chapters.  I read it in one sitting.  It’s a self-published book ($15) so here is the ISBN:  978-1-935271-30-7

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