Reemergence (New Series)

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I am heading into new territory, I hope you will continue to journey with me.  I will be sharing a few poems as I am led, on writing for the purpose of healing. I may share  poems written during my teen years in conjunction with current ones I am writing now in my fifties.

Here is the first poem for the upcoming series: Poetry (as) Pathway. I encourage you to respond with your own writing, as you feel led.

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Mary Demuth is Not Marked (Finding Hope and Healing After Sexual Abuse)

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Mary Demuth’s new book called Not Marked- Finding Hope and Healing After Sexual Abuse is one of the most candid and powerful books I have read on the topic of Sexual Abuse. Although Mary has published a number of books, this is the book Mary was meant to write. This is her calling, and gift to those needing healing along the path. Mary is on a mission to empower others  in their own healing process.

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hand in Hand: A True Life Story by Holly Otten (Book Review)

I recently had the opportunity to read hand in Hand: A True Life Story by Holly Otten for reviewing purposes. However, having made Holly’s acquaintance this past year and having conversed, prayed and fellowshipped over coffee with her, I was even more compelled to read her story.

Holly starts her book with a beautifully tender poem she wrote called The Tear Collector. It creates the image of God as an always present, compassionate and faithful father. Sadly the picture of Holly’s own father was not the same. This story is about Holly’s real life. A life of pain, abuse, confusion and sadness and how God led her on a journey of healing, hope, victory and joy. Holly is open about some of the side effects of living and surviving sexual abuse as a child. Many victims (myself included) struggle through life lacking boundaries and trust with others. We walk wounded, and sometimes we wound others. Most commonly we continue to wound ourselves by our choices, behaviors and thinking. Holly shares so clearly how God took her hand and led her into and through what would seem like a minefield of obstacles and led her safely through, as she learned to trust and rely on Him. She is speaks  openly about a failed marriage, post traumatic stress disorder, battling depression, her own inability to connect, love and receive love that can be common to SA survivors. Holly committed herself to seeking wholeness and healing not only through her own means but through the dedicated ongoing work of counseling. This can be the hardest part of healing for SA survivors. Believing they are worth the time and effort needed to deal with the reality and pain and that there is hope on the other end of the journey. Each chapter of this book leads us right alongside Holly in the ups and downs of her ongoing journey. God’s interventions are recorded as are Holly’s perceptions, learning and transformation. This transformation includes a beautiful epiphany which leads her out of one denomination into another but more importantly reveals to her a beautiful truth about God. He is not a God of denomination. But you will have to read that for yourself.

I enjoyed the relationships, miracles and blessings which Holly shares along the way. Holly shares details of watching God work in her life and the lives of others through prayer. I adored the fact that it was set in Rhode Island, a small state where some might ask, “What good can come from that little state?” This story is a testimony to and of the Living God and His ability to meet, disciple, lead and transform those who set their minds and hearts to have nothing less than all of Him. God is alive and well in this little state.

Holly does not consider herself a writer, but I will tell you that this story, that God inspired her to share and allowed her to write will be read by many and bear much fruit! It will bring hope, encouragement and empowerment to the reader. It might challenge some of your perceptions about God. For the good.

If you are a SA Survivor, I highly recommend this book. If you can’t see God’s hand working in your life and the lives of others, read this book. It will encourage your prayer life and challenge your thinking about God’s ability to move. It will challenge, convict and inspire you to open your eyes and heart to a God that will not be stopped by limitations, sins and hands of men.

Holly Otten lives in RI with her family and leads Healing Hearts Ministries a non profit organisation dedicated to the healing of Sexual Abuse Survivors. She is the author of The Tin Man-The Voice of an Incest Survivor.

Holly’s Website
Holly’s Facebook Page Survivor of Sexual Abuse
My review of The Tin Man-The Voice of an Incest Survivor
Read my Interview with Holly

* I received this book at no charge in exchange for purpose of review.
The opinions expressed are completely my own.

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Holly Otten: Sexual Abuse Survivor – Tin Man Ministries w/Giveaway (Inspiring Women Series)

I met Holly Otten earlier this year after noticing a sign up in a local library for a Sexual Abuse Survivor Workshop. As a SA survivor myself and a Christian I was curious to find out more. After all it is a rare thing to see a workshop offered combining SA Survivors and Christianity. At least from where I am standing. There are plenty of resources out there but most are secular. That being said, my curiosity was piqued and I felt strongly drawn to seek out the ministry mentioned as hosting the workshop: Tin Man Ministries and it’s leader Holly Otten.
After contacting Holly we set up a date to meet in a local cafe. It was truly a time marked out by the Lord and I was blessed to listen as she shared her story and also listened to mine. Holly has written two books:The Tin Man-The Voice of an Incest Survivor and hand in Hand. Both chronicle her healing journey and God’s hand in it in unique ways. Holly gave me a copy of The Tin Man for reading and review when we met.  It has beautiful pictures, poetry and a few vignette type stories. In addition to these two books, she has created an 8 week Christ centered workshop called Healing Hearts.

Since our initial meeting we continue to keep in touch through e-mails and texts and I am in full support of her ministry and God’s call on her life to follow His lead and bring healing and help to those who have been victimized by sexual abuse. I am looking forward to seeing many set free and healed through Holly’s faithfulness and ministry to Christ. Holly is passionate about prayer and sensitive to the Spirit in all matters concerning ministry and life. Here is the latest addition to our Inspiring Women Series: Holly Otten
*On The Past:
Holly, you go by the title “Sexual Abuse Survivor” when did you realize that you needed healing from your past sexual abuse and how did it come to be ?
 I was at a Charismatic prayer meeting when the pastor of the church received a word of knowledge that God was healing someone who had been abused. It was then, at age 24, that God revealed to me that my father molested me as a child. That week I approached a friend who was also a Christian counselor and told her that I needed help in dealing with the abuse. I attended counseling sessions for two and a half years with the goal of having God heal my heart. And He did!
*On The Present:
Currently you are conducting workshops for sexual abuse survivors, can you describe what you believe is unique in your approach of attaining healing for participants?

 Prayer is a very important element in the workshops. That’s when God, the Master Healer and Gentle Surgeon moves in and heals hearts with His supernatural power! God reveals His mercy, His love and His power in these workshops.
   Why the name “Tin Man” ?

The Tin Man was willing to travel through valleys and treacherous forests to get himself a heart. I too went on a journey with the hope of getting a new heart. The Tin Man sought the wizard, I sought the Great Healer, Jesus Christ. In His great love for me, He healed my broken heart and made it new!
   
   Can you tell us a little about how the workshop itself works and what might happen there?

There are three parts to the workshop: teaching/sharing, group sharing and prayer ministry. The first part consists of a teaching based on a specific topic, such as the Father’s love. The second part entails the women being invited to share based on the topic of the evening. The third part entails prayer ministry, when my team of facilitators and I pray for each member.

*On The Future:
Where do you feel God is leading you in the days ahead with Tin Man Ministries?

I believe that I will be training other women who will have come through the workshop to lead in facilitating workshops of their own.
*On Sexual Abuse:
What do you believe/see as the biggest hindrance in an individual’s ability to be set free from the shame, pain and impact of abuse?
People do not want to acknowledge their abuse. They prefer to act as if it did not happen in an attempt to not feel the feelings associated with the abuse. This is not good, because healing comes when we acknowledge our feelings. Without this healing, we are “crippled” emotionally. We are unable to have healthy relationships where we can give love and receive love freely and in the true sense of the word.
  What do you think is the church’s role?

I feel that leaders of churches should put in place a person or people who can minister healing to survivors of sexual abuse. If they do not have members within their own church to take this role, then they should welcome speakers or ministries to their churches. Leaders of churches should be reminded that every 1 out of 3 women and 1 out of every 5 men are survivors of sexual abuse. If they were to calculate what those numbers mean in their own churches, they would see the magnitude of the problem. This large number represents a group of people who are broken and hurting, and they are therefore unable to be all that God calls them to be.
Holly’s beautiful “New Life” painting.
*On Holly:

I love my family, which includes my very loving and supportive husband Steve and my three sons. I love to hike, garden, sing and dance. I also love to paint. 
*On Her Painting:
The name of this painting is “New Life.” The butterfly symbolizes a new beginning for the women who leave the workshop. Throughout the 8 week workshop, God takes away all the “ugly” things, such as pain, shame and resentment, and in the end, the women leave feeling beautiful, new and free… They are TRANSFORMED AND FREE just like the butterfly.

Giveaway: Holly has offered one reader a chance to win the print copy of her book, hand in Hand- A True Life Story! 

“With the help of her Savior, she has overcome the damaging affects of sexual abuse and neglect, a nervous breakdown, four miscarriages, and divorce. Holly Otten’s life is a testimony of the healing and transforming power of the living Christ! By surrendering every obstacle of her life to Christ and by claiming the promises found in God’s Word, she has received  healing of twenty years’ clinical depression, hypoglycemia, asthma, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, as well as the healing of her son’s mental illness.” – Web Site Book Description



Thank you so much for taking the time to share, Holly- I look forward to all God has for this wonderful ministry! If you have any questions for Holly, please leave a comment! She will be stopping by as her schedule allows to answer. Visit her website and Facebook page. Holly’s books are now available on Amazon
Tin Man Ministries
Healing Hearts
“I will give them a new heart and
put a new spirit in them.” Ezekiel 36:46

The Tin Man – The Voice of an Incest Survivor by Holly Otten


This book is not only beautifully written, but it includes lovely photos and original artwork which minister grace visually. Holly shares reflections from her healing journey in a creative, thought provoking manner. She invites you into the painful confines of a tightly wound cocoon and allows you to experience firsthand her personal transformation to gloriously freed, beautiful, released from the past butterfly.
The Tin Man- The Voice of an Incest Survivor includes poetry, and poignant vignettes which facilitate and foster openness, communication and truth.
Written for those who are Sexual Abuse Survivors.
Regardless of where one is on the healing journey this book will be like a small treasure chest of grace to open again and again. As a SA Survivor I appreciated the spirit with which this was written. Holly shares more specific details of  her story in her book  titled “hand to Hand”.  
Jesus Christ took the shattered pieces of her life and brought her freedom and wholeness. With the help of her Savior, she has overcome the damaging affects of sexual abuse and neglect, a nervous breakdown, four miscarriages, divorce” and more!  
Purchase The Tin Man at Author’s website or Amazon
Visit Facebook Page Survivor of Sexual Abuse
I received a copy of this book by the author in return for review. 
The opinions expressed are completely my own.




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