New Xulon Title Extends Hope to Victims of Sexual Abuse

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Author's story will speak for millions who are suffering in silence

There is no crime more devastating than that of childhood sexual abuse. It steals the innocence and souls of its victims and leaves them in a world of silence and shame. Attempting to live in safety, survivors create a world of false security, praying no one will ever discover the ugly secret and no one will hurt them again. For too long, these stories have hidden in the shadows, countless souls longing for freedom from the pain and suffering in their hearts. Now, in Bill Harbeck's Shattered: One Man's Journey from Sexual Abuse ($14.99, paperback, 978-1-61579-191-0), the author tells a story that will speak for millions who are holding on to hope.

"Outside of the reporting of sensational stories in the media that are surface covered, there is silence on this subject because of massive amounts of shame," the author says. "There is a conservative estimate of 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the United States alone. There is very little attention paid to the survivors and their journeys. It's time to speak out."

Harbeck, the executive director of Holding on to Hope Ministries, is himself a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. He has used his experiences to speak to hundreds of people every week about the nature and prevalence of abuse and the hope for healing. More importantly, he shares the good news of hope for survivors who are suffering in silence and helps them to come to grips with their past experiences. In this story, he hopes to reach a broader audience with his life-changing and relevant message.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 7,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Shattered through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. Shattered is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.

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