How I Forgave My Molester by Melinda Todd {Book Review}

The subject of forgiveness is difficult enough for most people to grasp but even more complicated is it when dealing with what would seem to be the most unforgiveable of all sins, that of sexual abuse of a child. Melinda takes us through her journey of healing by the grace of God and the power of His word. 
This is key and instrumental in Melinda’s book.
 She does not pretend it is easy or ask us to put on rose tinted glasses while she shares. 
She is open and honest without crossing the line of “too much information.” 
She doesn’t bog us down with too many details but gives us just enough to connect, relate and empathize. She also does not let us just stay there, that is not her goal. 
Her goal is to bring us into nothing less than the truth and in this short but very powerful book she does just that. Loaded with empowering scriptures, tenderness, sensitivity and authenticity, 
Melinda delivers hope and healing by the word of her testimony and the power of God’s Holy Word. 
I wholeheartedly recommend “How I Forgave My Molester” to anyone 
who feels led to the title and wants to know how they can learn to forgive, 
and move on toward wholeness and healing.
You can visit  Mel at her Blog: Trailing After God.
The book is available as Paperback for $6.99
and on Kindle for $2.99
as of this publish date.
Prices subject to change. 

Serendipity in the Blogosphere

Today has been one of those days. Don’t ask what kind. I just know it has been one of them. I don’t know why or how or at what point the transition occurred. Like a smoldering volcano, it bubbled, gurgled and simmered. Until the final eruption. It was unanticipated. It left me quiet…after the final blow. I didn’t see it coming. I certainly did not write it in my plan for today. But there “it” was, or more accurately, there I was. Erupted. Before God’s eyes. No one else was around. Except for my dog, Banjo, who immediately hid under the Christmas Tree (Yes, it’s still up!). Pretty sure God was not surprised. Me? Oh yeah. I was. Let’s back up. The day started, just fine. I have some things bubbling, beneath the surface, as I like to say, but otherwise- OK. I had a walk, along the shoreline. Alone. Some things need to be contemplated away from home, loved ones and all sweet distractions. But the previously mentioned eruption occurred quite unexpectedly, as I sat at my desk and considered my next move. I am so full of questions, yet unclear in the “answers” department lately. Which leads me to realize how important it is for me to have answers. To please people. The bubbling began…and then there it was a job possibility. To disappoint people. Image of my whole life in 5 minutes flashing before my eyes…every disappointment, misunderstanding, injustice. Attached resume. Every. Bad. Thing. Everything…wrong. I press that “send” key so hard, I wonder if it will ever function properly again. Then the eruption. The accusation. The question.
“Why?” I shout it. Loud. I wail it. I yell loudly and demand, “Why?”,  repeatedly. Then I sit sobbing at this silly little desk and tell God how angry I am that He has allowed this unfair circumstance, this unjust victory. When I stop crying, I feel quiet inside. As if I had just vomited out a vile, swallowed lie. Am I alright? I encourage the dog out from under the tree. I decide to get on with my day. Yet, I am still surprised by the revelation. The ashes fall. I make my way through the remnant of emotional carnage.
Then two serendipitous things happen. The first was Holly, a wonderful fellow blogger freely giving me her time to fix my Blog Button. As we communicate and she patiently works on the glitch to fix the little bugger, I am reminded of God’s patient, gracious, dealing with me and my “glitches”. I’m also reminded of  my own shortsightedness, and lack of patience.
Of course, I pop over to the diversion of Facebook and behold a perfectly timed article by Mel over at Trailing After God. Ironically it catches my eye, because of the opening lines: “Why me? Why does this life have to be so hard? Why can’t you just wipe this all out and take us all home? Why are we all being punished for the fall of Adam and Eve? Why? Why? Why?“. 
Talk about irony. I felt like she had a camcorder into my office when I read that! I popped right over for her post on “Questioning God”. 
So in the end, my volcano has calmed. The lava has cooled (somewhat) and I am left feeling, thankful.
After all it’s a wonderful Bloggy World, isn’t it?
Thanks to Holly for Resolving the mystery of the Broken Button! 
Here is my New Button:

"I Am That Woman" on Trailing After God

1993 in Florida “posing” for a professional photographer at a physique show.

Well friends, today I am thankful to guest post on a sister’s Blog.
Please check it out and be sure to let me know what you think!
Thank you Melinda Todd for the opportunity to share my heart
and also for being the courageous woman of God you are!
Check out her story, website and my Guest Post here : I Am That Woman
(Archives July 18, 2011)
In His Grace for His Glory!
Remember, there is always more…beneath the surface! Don’t settle for less- Keep digging!
Enthusiastically, Dawn

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