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Sarah Shaw had a successful career as a manager in retail business. But she came to a point when she could no longer keep up appearances, by controlling her tormented inner world. So damaged was she by the consequences of childhood abuse, that she was put on a lifetime’s incapacity benefit with her consultant psychiatrist at a loss how to help. This story is an extraordinary testimony to the triumph of God’s healing love.
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Sarah Shaw looked in control of her life. She had a successful career as a manager in retail business. But she came to a point when she could no longer keep up appearances, by controlling her tormented inner world. So explosive was her inner pain, and so damaged was she by the consequences of childhood abuse, that she was eventually put on a lifetime’s incapacity benefit. Her consultant psychiatrist was at a loss how to help. This story is not, however, about the horrors of abuse, but is an extraordinary testimony to the triumph of God’s healing love.

So many abused, hurting people are stuck in the tormenting symptoms of guilt and self-hatred, multiple fears, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, eating disorders, and even self-harming and suicidal tendencies.

This book is a powerful story that has emerged from a background of extreme abuse and journals Sarah’s road to healing.

The author writes:
“So many abused, hurting people don’t understand their brokenness. They are stuck, as I was, in the tormenting symptoms of guilt, self-hatred, multiple fears, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, eating disorders, self-harming and suicidal tendencies. The book gives insights into the Christian healing ministry I received and offers hope to victims of abuse, without negating the reality of the desperate inner conflicts and struggles.”
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“This remarkable book is about true recovery of health by a deeply wronged woman, whom I met more than ten years ago. Rarely is this subject written about, and even more uncommonly in Sarah’s calm and thoughtful way.”
Dr Geoff Searle MBBS. BSc. FRCPsych (Sarah’s Pychiatrist)

“A profound and moving story – it struck me that despite such harrowing experiences the human spirit can be so resilient and triumphant.”
Dr Adrian Hutchings MBBS. (Sarah’s GP)

“So many people around the world have been abused, and often their pain is muffled by secrecy. Thankfully the woman who wrote this book has decided to expose her pain to the light of Jesus Christ. By doing so she has found total healing – and I believe her decision to share her painful secret with the world will help many other abused people find complete emotional recovery.”
J. Lee Grady – Editor, Charisma Magazine

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December 2009


Book Review for Accord Magazine (Association of Christian Counsellors, March 2010)
By Greta Randle

Sarah – by Sarah Shaw

This book has been supported and verified by the psychiatrist that was treating Sarah. It is an amazing story of Dissociative Identity Disorder that was healed through prayer ministry. Sarah was a psychiatric in-patient for many months, making no progress but her psychiatrist agreed to her attending a Healing Retreat at Ellel Grange under certain conditions. She was to take a carer, and also if she returned no better, she would be sectioned and treated with Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT).

The book describes Sarah’s depression, overdose, obsessions and anxiety stemming from her childhood experiences in a home that offered no love or nurture. Sarah did not realise why she was experiencing severe illness as her mind had dissociated from it but the different identities clearly made themselves known during her journey to healing. There was a serious effect on her marriage but her husband had great compassion and offered limitless support during her illness and recovery.

There are illustrations, which demonstrate some of the processes Sarah went through. But the text unfolds to reveal a step by step and intensive series of Prayer Ministry sessions over a period of years. In addition to prayer, Sarah cites how scripture brought release and also the use of creative activities. She also tells of how the prayer team ‘taught’ her to enjoy ordinary things like taking a walk and socialising with other people.

Books can never give in depth details of either the horrors or joys of people’s experiences but this is certainly a remarkable and encouraging telling of what God has done. The psychiatric treatment (ECT) was never needed. Dr Searle has seen Sarah and describes her healing as a “true recovery.” The thanks truly belong to God!

Greta Randle

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From an abusive childhood and the depths of suicidal despair to a life of hope and freedom

15 reviews for Sarah

  1. Richard Smart

    At times you can think you are all alone in your situation. This book provides a lot of comfort when you realise how much love you can receive to bring change into your life.

  2. Angela Kovacs

    Wow! The depth of a human soul and the damage that the enemy can cause are really shocking. But even more shockingly amazing in God’s unfathomable wisdom in how to draw someone out of the pit of dispair. While reading I’ve learned some eternal truths about our awsome God and His unfailing love for His creation. No doubt about it – He is the best doctor ever!
    I’ve read it in a few hours, it was not possible to put it down.

  3. Alimac

    Sometimes you pick up a book that changes your life! This has to be one of the best books I have ever read. A must read for everyone!!!!!

  4. John

    Amazing story!

  5. Rachel D

    Precious Author! You have put hope on display with this book. Thank you for writing it and making it possible for so many hurting people, that it is only through Christ, that our hurts can be healed. Blessings

  6. JC

    Excellent reading and wrote from the authors heart

  7. Christine Pook

    A most inspiring book. Sarah’s story is very moving and a wonderful testimony of Gods healing power when all looked hopeless. I recommend this book for those who want to learn more about praying for healing at a deeper level.

  8. Dangermouse10

    Contained in this book is a wonderful testimony of what God can do in broken lives. He can do what nobody else can do, take the broken pieces of our lives and turn them into something beautiful. I thank God for Sarah’s life and thank Sarah for writing this book:-)

  9. D. Chapmanon

    This is a Christian perspective on coping with abuse and splintered personality.

  10. Liz Macon

    Intensely moving


    Brilliant thought provoking book showing how amazing God is.

  12. free to be me

    Sarah’s book has taught me a lot about who God really is and how much He really can do in broken lives.

    The story is written very well, with honesty as well as dignity and brings all the honour to Jesus. I have been encouraged by reading it and have drawn closer to God myself because of it. Beyond any doubt it will bring much hope to every Christian who reads it, in particular those who are struggling themselves due to childhood experiences.

  13. mi Byrne

    A very interesting book, well written, easy to understand.
    its amazing what Sarah went through and was completely released.

  14. S.Piaggio

    You can guess that she went through some terrible things, and she mentions some, but not in detail. The point of the book is to show the consequences of childhood abuse, and to show how to get healing. I thought it was very sensitively and intelligently written. I never went through anything like this, but it helps me to begin to relate. I would recommend it to anyone who has been through abuse, and to those who are trying to help people like this.

  15. Ann

    I was blessed to read how Sarah’s dysfunctional life was touched and changed by God’s great love. The steps Sarah took in her healing process were clearly explained. This book will give many struggling in despair, a real hope for a new future. God is able and this book shows how He can and will bring new life to hopeless situations

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