New Book Inspires Readers to Find Strength Amidst Hardship

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Author Ann Wagner shares the story of her healing process after being abused

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“Titanic” – one of the most wildly successful films of all time – was recently rereleased in theaters in 3D, reminding moviegoers how amazing stories can spring from the well of terrible tragedies. Offering her own tragedy-to-triumph story, Ann Wagner delivers her new inspirational book, “Hope For The Hurting: A Personal Account of Overcoming Abuse and Betrayal and Gaining the Victory” (published by WestBow Press).

The memories Wagner shares aren’t easy to hear. “Hope For The Hurting” explores the haunting experience of being sexually abused by the pastor of her church. As she recalls, the person who was accused of abusing her and committing multiple sexual crimes died abruptly days before he was to face trial, leaving Wagner feeling frustrated and carrying unresolved hurt.

Wagner eventually found a way to put the pain behind her. Through the help of a counselor, and by relying on God and the Bible, she was able to experience healing. “Although I never saw earthly justice, I have hope and peace through principles that I have come to learn and accept,” she says. “This experience inspired me to share the things that I have learned with others.”

With “Hope For The Hurting” Wagner shares her recovery process in hopes of encouraging other emotionally wounded people to confront the effects of abuse, release their hurt and reach for hope.

About the Author
Ann Wagner has dedicated her adult life to reaching out and helping others. She has served beside her husband in ministry work for nearly 20 years. Wagner has involved herself in teaching, counseling and speaking at various ladies’ conferences and events. She and her husband, Walter, enjoy the blessings of life with their two daughters, Megan and Meredyth.

WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance of Thomas Nelson, Inc., the world’s largest Christian publisher, and Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI) — the world leader in the popular self-publishing industry segment. Through this partnership, authors benefit from the rich publishing heritage of Thomas Nelson and the speed-to-market advantages of the ASI self-publishing model. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication under the Thomas Nelson imprint. Thomas Nelson, Inc. continues to “inspire the world” with distribution of products in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, or to start publishing today, visit or call (866)-928-1240. Follow us @westbowpress on Twitter for the latest news.

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