Abuse Survivor Recounts ‘A Journey of Healing’ with New Memoir

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Catherine Bentley-Smith recounts recovery from unspeakable traumas to inspire survivors everywhere.

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Suicide is not the answer. Life does get better if you are proactive at making it so.

According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, up to 30 percent of children experience childhood sexual abuse and the question of whether this impacts re-victimization or offending later in life has been a subject of numerous studies. To raise awareness on this issue and inspire survivors and their loved ones everywhere, Catherine Bentley-Smith recounts how she was able to recover from the unspeakable sexual abuses she endured by undergoing “A Journey of Healing” (published by Xlibris AU).

Bentley-Smith’s memoir is both a story of survival over childhood sexual abuse and a journey of healing dedicated to those who are fighting with their own recovery process. Divided into two parts, with the first telling the author’s heart-wrenching story of being sexually abused from 9 years of age and the harrowing effects it would have on her life and the decisions she made. The distress continued with the loss of two babies, a crumbling marriage and the subsequent battle with depression and suicidal thoughts. This is a profound and touching account into the deepest emotions she held silent within her soul for over 30 years. This is her story of recovery.

Part two is dedicated to fellow survivors of any form of trauma and offers the reader motivational insight, affirmations, verse and proactive healing solutions. These solutions Bentley-Smith gained through her journey of healing and are many and varied. These are recovery techniques she discovered through research, psychotherapy, or personal experience.

“Suicide is not the answer. Life does get better if you are proactive at making it so.” Bentley-Smith says. Survivors of child abuse as well as those suffering from other forms of abuse, trauma and depression will find uplifting messages and useful lessons in the pages of this book as Bentley-Smith strives to provide succor to those suffering emotionally in today’s world.

“A Journey of Healing”
By Catherine Bentley-Smith
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 104 pages | ISBN 9781503504103
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 104 pages | ISBN 9781503504110
E-Book | 104 pages | ISBN 9781503504127
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Catherine Bentley-Smith grew up in outback Queensland, Australia, and is now happily married and has three daughters, three stepsons and three grandchildren, plus a number of family members she has adopted via her heart. She believes life is a continual learning and healing process, regardless of whether a person has faced trauma in life or not. She is now content with peace within her soul and love in her heart.

Xlibris Publishing Australia, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider dedicated to serving Australian authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles.For more information, visit xlibrispublishing.com.au or call 1800 455 039 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisAus on Twitter for the latest news.

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