New Xulon Release Shares Journey Of Abuse And Recovery

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Haakanson-Rickard emphasizes that God can provide a better way out of pain

An Alaskan Woman's Journey

My goal is to bring glory to God for the ways He takes broken people and makes them whole and transformed people

Within the pages of Gloria Haakanson-Rickard’s new book, An Alaskan Woman’s Journey, ($14.99, paperback, 9781498433570; $7.99, e-book, 9781498433587) readers will discover the journey of a woman whose actions were shaped and influenced by abuse suffered as a child. Experiencing the transforming power of God in the life of another, and learning that God can bring healing and wholeness to everyone. This book provides an inside window to how people react to trauma. Readers will learn that an effective way to help traumatized people is to direct them to God.

“I hope that readers understand the unhealthy ways people respond to abuse and trauma in their lives. I hope they praise God with me as they see how He took me into healing and wholeness,” states the author. “My goal is to bring glory to God for the ways He takes broken people and makes them whole and transformed people.”

Haakanson-Rickard is a Native Alaskan that grew up in a village on Kodiak Island. Her life was filled with joy and terror. She loved her family, her community, and her life in this beautiful place. As much as she loved these things, her life was filled with terror at the hand of an abuser. Gloria tried to dull the pain of abuse through many destructive things. Ultimately, God rescued her from the destructive patterns and is restoring her to full wholeness and healing. Gloria and her husband, David Rickard, have five adult children.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order An Alaskan Woman’s Journey through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through,, and

Media Contact: Gloria Haakanson-Rickard
Email: ghaakans1(at)gmail(dot)com

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