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The Obsidian Mirror: Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse [Paperback]

Louise M. Wisechild , Laura Davis

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Feb. 20 2003
Affirming and inspiring, The Obsidian Mirror explores the vivid and personal journey of an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Drawing on the power of creativity, Wisechild listens to and learns from her inner voices - the critical judge, the rebel, the scared and needy children of various ages - and uses evocative imagery to describe the emotional settings of her interior landscape. This is both a stirring testimony of one woman's passage from fear and grief to rage and resolve and amoving portrayal of a spiritual reawakening and reclamation of self.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press; New edition edition (Feb. 20 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580050859
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580050852
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #586,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louise Wisechild was one of the first writers to graphically depict her incest story and frame it as a journey of healing. Despite her frightening memories, you'll feel safe in the strength of Wisechild's narrative. Wisechild is as steady as they come, yet she's still sensitive and fully alive despite all that could have left her numbed and crippled. Statistics suggest that one-third of all women experienced some form of sexual abuse as children. As a model for collective healing and storytelling, The Obsidian Mirror remains one of the best literary companions available. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Wisechild was sexually abused by her stepfather, grandfather and uncle. Like many incest survivors, she tells her story after years of silence and repression, but this is more than simply a first-person account of abominations. A gifted writer, Wisechild relates the facts of her abuse in brief flashbacks, using most of her narrative energy to personify the various clashing emotions that strive to dominate her personality: Sarah is the sharp-edged, critical judge; Fuckit, the cursing, cigarette-smoking rebel; YoungerOnes, her scared, whining inner children, all different ages; Sure Voice, the stable, intellectualizing adult; and Carrie, the herbal tea-drinking, meditating nurturer. Wisechild also creates allegorical settingsWell, Pit, Dust, Treeto illuminate her feelings of isolation, fear and longing for human connection. The tale is compelling, frightening and powerful: at 13 she attempts suicide; years later she recognizes the devastating effect of the incest on her adult sexual relationships. Wisechild's graphic, biting, funny, painful chronicle of her journey to health and self-love is also a singular literary achievement.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful and positive journey of healing from incest Nov. 16 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Louise Wisechild's frank account of her incest memories and journey towards recovery is essential reading for anyone recovering from child sexual abuse. She uses her skill as a writer to paint the full picture of her horrifying experiences as a young child, conveying the sense of powerlessness and hopeless that sexual abuse causes.
The therapy sessions are described in detail, it's like sitting in on the session and seeing her process happening as she sifts through memories and makes connections with the way her adult attitudes and beliefs were shaped by the abuse. The reader gains vicarious healing by being drawn along in Louise Wisechild's journey to find her answers from within herself.
The book's message about having the courage to face the memories, and hopefulness about reshaping one's life in spite of the past trauma, is a powerful and healing message that all adult survivors of abuse will benefit from hearing.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey to Remember Dec 22 2004
By J. Escher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The most beautifully written personal journey that I have ever had the honor of reading. Wisechild does not offer you a guide, she offers you her personal journey through hell. She explains each step of the way as it un-folded in her life.

What Raw, painful, saddness of a soul wounded and how a journey of crawling to the light brings hope. This is not a CSA guide or self-help book. This is a book written by a very brave survivor who crawled out of the obsidian well and became whole again.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Obsidian Mirror was great!!! Aug. 26 2009
By Amanda L. Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Great book!! Anyone with an aptitude for psychology based info should read this book!! The way this young woman overcomes sexual abuse is amazing and scary!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant book April 14 2008
By MKR Dolphin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I would recommend this book for anyone trying to heal from Childhood Sexual Abuse regardless of how far along you are.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent March 29 2003
By "anoniemoose" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Beautifully written, and still remembered- even after all these years.
Wisechild's skill as a writer shines though her crisp words and evocative imagery as she writes with resilience of her journey through remembering child sexual abuse. Recommended.

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