"Trading Fathers, Forgiving Dad, Embracing God" A Memoir by Karen Rabbitt
315 pages WinePress Publishing
Karen Rabbitt contacted me on my blog this summer leaving a comment on one of my posts, then later asked me if I would like to read a book she had written and post a review.
I gladly accepted as the subject of her book has affected my family as well.
It is a subject that once upon a time was not discussed, it was kept private, guarded, and even shamed.
The subject I am speaking of is child molestation. The hair on the back of my neck is standing up, these words make me afraid, I want to scream and shed tears.
It is only because of courageous women such as Karen Rabbitt that have come forward and have shared painful shreds of truth from their past, that others are then able to also come forward, and in time begin the journey of healing, recovery, and forgiveness.
Thank you Karen for your life story that you have shared, I pray that I in my humble attempt will be able to write an adequate review.
Karen shares from her earliest memories of growing up on a farm, in a large family, in the mid-west. She came from a hard working farm family, each had duties to perform on their farm. School and the Catholic Church, and a rare trip to town were the only other outside influences.
Karen's father started molesting her when she was 4 years old, he continued this travesty until she was a young adolescent. She was victimized, scarred, yet she buried these memories that would begin to emerge when she became an adult. Karen finished public school, college, she went to work, married, had a child, attended Church. She tried to perform her duties as wife and mother. It would be many years until Karen would painfully and with much patience and prayer, emerge on the other side to be able to forgive and proclaim joyfully that God is her Papa-God .
Karen writes with raw honesty of her life, and I admire her courage.
I never felt she wanted to seek revenge in writing her story, her focus was in helping others and most of all in sharing how God had worked in her from this abuse from her dad.
The book is a hard read, meaning that it is uncomfortable, distressing.
It is also a book of inspiration and the power of forgiveness.
To God be the glory!
Thank you Karen.