Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Top Book Reviews July 2011

To learn more about what books I review, please go to the following post on Top Book Reviews (May 4, 2011). On the 5th of every month, my goal is to post a review of 1 or more books that
have had a strong impact on my life.

Victims No Longer by Mike Lew (Male Abuse Survivors)

Victims No Longer by Mike Lew is the July book review. Mike Lew has also written a book called "Leaping Upon The Mountains" and I am actually quoted on page 199.

My quote is "It is not your fault. The abuse was nothing you had control of, nor did you have the power to stop it. The responsibility for the abuse belongs to the abuser.

In the early days of my recovery, there were very few resources for males who had been sexually abused as children. I remember reading "The Courage To Heal" and while it was good, it did not really apply to men. Mike Lew's ground breaking book, Victims No Longer, helped me realize for the first time, that I was not alone as a victim. More importantly, it helped me to realize that healing was possible.

Victims No Longer gives that touch that men need in their healing. All too often, men are too afraid to come out about the abuse they suffered because society says, little boys should be in control and things like this should happen. While I'm not saying it is easy for women to come forward, there are different obstacles that men face in bringing out their stories of abuse. This book helps to make that happen and it helps men to know they are not alone. What Ellen Bass did for women, Mike Lew has done for men!

I had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Lew for the Voices Organization newsletter and also meeting him in some workshops. He is a very compassionate and caring individual that really tries to help men find a path to healing. I do not know when this happened for sure but I think Mike Lew was featured on the Oprah Show many years ago.

Further Reading:
1) Mike Lew - Don't Give Up (YouTube Video)
2) Mike Lew Events 2011 to 2012 (blog post 03/22/11)

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