New Xulon Book Details Encounter with Infamous Attacker, and Survival

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Phillips shares on the power of forgiveness through a shocking life testimony

Dark Night

What’s important to takeaway from this book is how to forgive when you know you can’t.

Author Shirlee Anne Phillips recounts many far from ordinary events over the years: the untimely deaths of friends, an abortion, her encounter with the occult, a near-fatal car accident, et cetera. One unfortunate experience particularly stands out—being attacked and raped at home by a famous serial rapist. In her new book, Dark Night, ($10.99, paperback, 9781498404686; $5.99, e-book, 9781498404693) readers will learn how the author overcame all of these tragedies, and best of all, how she was able to maintain joy and peace despite chaos.

“Forgiveness is power, not weakness,” states the author. “What’s important to take away from this book is how to forgive when you know you can’t. Forgiveness releases your pain and, ultimately, it is God’s weapon to stop the devil from stealing your life from you.”

When asked about her credentials in authoring Dark Night, Shirlee Anne Phillips shared, “This is my true story; a testimony about how I survived and overcame a vicious rape by a serial rapist famous in the country of New Zealand. In my case, I had three babies at home during the attack. Many women have shared with me that their worst fear is to be attacked and raped in their home, their fear further exaggerated if they have children… I eventually forgave [my attacker], and documented how I was able to do that.”

Xulon Press, a part of Salem Communications Corporation, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date. Salem Communications is the country's leading Christian communications company with interests in radio, Internet and magazine publishing. Retailers may order Dark Night through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through,, and

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