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When Trauma Wounds: Pathways to Healing and Hope

When Trauma Wounds: Pathways to Healing and Hope

How to heal from trauma and restore laughter, love, and faith

When trauma wounds, victims are thrown into unexpected darkness and experience unfamiliar symptoms. Some trauma survivors draw upon a lifelong faith in God; others find themselves in a wilderness devoid of spiritual grounding. The recovery stories in this book offer diverse pathways to faith and hope.

In When Trauma Wounds, psychologist Karen A. McClintock combines psychological approaches with faith resources to improve trauma recovery. Whether you are a trauma survivor, a caregiving pastor or church member, or friend to a survivor, this book will familiarize you with trauma symptoms and healing strategies.

Secure and trusting relationships heal many wounds. If you care for a trauma survivor, McClintock will help you create a sanctuary to shelter this wounded soul, to help them bear their pain and hold out hope for recovery--to offer victims of trauma the compassion they so badly need.

Each trauma victim has a story to tell. If you are a trauma survivor, healing from that trauma or working through repeated traumatic experiences may take days or years. But no matter how long your healing journey might take, it can begin right now.


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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506434254
  • eBook ISBN 9781506434261
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 9 x 9
  • Pages 180
  • Publication Date February 1, 2019


"Karen A. McClintock has written a book helpful for every pastor, caregiver, family member, and survivor of trauma. Her explorations of real-life stories, combined with suggestions for concrete responses to traumas, provide a compelling invitation to hope, resiliency, and justice. This is a must read in every seminary classroom and by every pastor."

Joretta Marshall, Brite Divinity School

"When Trauma Wounds offers a comprehensive view of trauma and its powerful effects on health and well-being for individuals and society. This book is a pleasure to read and is rich with numerous personalized examples, narratives, and case studies. It reflects the sensitivity of a compassionate practitioner with a rich and diverse professional background in mental-health counseling and parish ministry."

Richard Riddoch, hopsice and medical social worker

Table of Contents

Part 1 Understanding Trauma
1. What Is Trauma?
2. Trauma’s Aftermath
3. Disrupted Moods and Behaviors
4. Trauma and Close Relationships
Part 2 Types of Trauma
5. When Trust Is Betrayed: Sexual Abuse 
6. When Uprooted: Immigration Heartbreak
7. When Death Comes Suddenly: Gun Violence
Part 3 Pathways to Hope and Healing
8. Becoming Spiritually Whole Again
9. Next Steps in Healing
10. Rediscovering Hope

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