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Sarah

From an abusive childhood and the depths of suicidal despair to a life of hope and freedom

Sarah Shaw

ISBN: 9781852405113 [176 pages]
Sarah Shaw looked in control of her life. She had a successful career as a manager in retail business. But she came to a point when she could no longer keep up appearances, by controlling her tormented inner world. So explosive was her inner pain, and so damaged was she by the consequences of childhood abuse, that she was eventually put on a lifetime’s incapacity benefit. Her consultant psychiatrist was at a loss how to help. This story is not, however, about the horrors of abuse, but is an extraordinary testimony to the triumph of God’s healing love.

So many abused, hurting people are stuck in the tormenting symptoms of guilt and self-hatred, multiple fears, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, eating disorders, and even self-harming and suicidal tendencies.

This book is a powerful story that has emerged from a background of extreme abuse and journals Sarah’s road to healing.

The author writes:
“So many abused, hurting people don’t understand their brokenness. They are stuck, as I was, in the tormenting symptoms of guilt, self-hatred, multiple fears, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, eating disorders, self-harming and suicidal tendencies. The book gives insights into the Christian healing ministry I received and offers hope to victims of abuse, without negating the reality of the desperate inner conflicts and struggles.”

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“This remarkable book is about true recovery of health by a deeply wronged woman, whom I met more than ten years ago. Rarely is this subject written about, and even more uncommonly in Sarah’s calm and thoughtful way.”
Dr Geoff Searle MBBS. BSc. FRCPsych (Sarah’s Pychiatrist)

“A profound and moving story – it struck me that despite such harrowing experiences the human spirit can be so resilient and triumphant.”
Dr Adrian Hutchings MBBS. (Sarah’s GP)

“So many people around the world have been abused, and often their pain is muffled by secrecy. Thankfully the woman who wrote this book has decided to expose her pain to the light of Jesus Christ. By doing so she has found total healing – and I believe her decision to share her painful secret with the world will help many other abused people find complete emotional recovery.”

J. Lee Grady – Editor, Charisma Magazine

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Book Review

Book Review for Accord Magazine (Association of Christian Counsellors, March 2010)

By Greta Randle



Sarah - by Sarah Shaw



This book has been supported and verified by the psychiatrist that was treating Sarah. It is an amazing story of Dissociative Identity Disorder that was healed through prayer ministry. Sarah was a psychiatric in-patient for many months, making no progress but her psychiatrist agreed to her attending a Healing Retreat at Ellel Grange under certain conditions. She was to take a carer, and also if she returned no better, she would be sectioned and treated with Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT).

The book describes Sarah’s depression, overdose, obsessions and anxiety stemming from her childhood experiences in a home that offered no love or nurture. Sarah did not realise why she was experiencing severe illness as her mind had dissociated from it but the different identities clearly made themselves known during her journey to healing. There was a serious effect on her marriage but her husband had great compassion and offered limitless support during her illness and recovery.

There are illustrations, which demonstrate some of the processes Sarah went through. But the text unfolds to reveal a step by step and intensive series of Prayer Ministry sessions over a period of years. In addition to prayer, Sarah cites how scripture brought release and also the use of creative activities. She also tells of how the prayer team ‘taught’ her to enjoy ordinary things like taking a walk and socialising with other people.

Books can never give in depth details of either the horrors or joys of people’s experiences but this is certainly a remarkable and encouraging telling of what God has done. The psychiatric treatment (ECT) was never needed. Dr Searle has seen Sarah and describes her healing as a “true recovery.” The thanks truly belong to God!

Greta Randle

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