New Book on Healing from Childhood Abuse Offers Hope and Inspires Victims

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Storyteller recounts his recovery from childhood abuse and Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Jim Cyr, a minister and storyteller, is the Scotch Plains, New Jersey author of The Cracked Pot: Finding Grace in the Cracks of Childhood Abuse, just published by Aventine Press and available through Amazon.com.

Part memoir, part inspirational advice, Rev. Jim Cyr tells the story of his own childhood sexual and ritual abuse -- as well as his adult healing -- from both that abuse and from the Dissociative Identity Disorder (splitting into many distinct personalities) that he developed to cope with his childhood trauma.

Rev. Cyr was not alone in his childhood suffering. According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, nearly 900,000 children were abused or neglected in 2005, alone (and that number does not include the many children whose abuse was never reported). Childhood abuse is a deep, personal hurt that is also a searing community and national issue. But author-storyteller-minister, Jim Cyr, discovered a way to heal the personal hurt. And he shares his story -- offering new hope to victims -- in this inspiring new book.

Author Bio:
Rev. Jim Cyr is a crisis intervention specialist for Children's Mobile Response and Stabilization Services, operating under the auspices of Catholic Charities. His former positions include pastor, correctional facilities chaplain, and life skills instructor for emotionally disturbed youth.

Rev. Cyr is available to discuss a wide range of topics, including:
     -Recovery from childhood sexual abuse
     -Recovery from Dissociative Identity Disorder
     -Coping with clinical depression

     -The power of stories to heal emotional wounds
     -The power of forgiveness
     -How to apply faith to extremely challenging problems
     -The importance of perseverance, courage, and hope in survival and healing

     -Rebuilding a broken marriage
     -Staying employed while coping with mental health issues    

Additional information about Rev. Jim Cyr is available on his storyteller website (http://www.hearttales.net), and on the website for his new book, The Cracked Pot: Finding Grace in the Cracks of Childhood Abuse (http://www.acrackedpot.com).

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