Book recommendations


Rising Strong
Brené Brown
Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. She uncovers a profound truth: Vulnerability—the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome—is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy.


Denial: Abuse, Addiction, and a Life Derailed
Nanette Kirsch
Based on a true story of 1 of the 1,000+ victims of the Pennsylvania sexual abuse exposed in the recent Grand Jury Report, this book exposes the systemic abuse over more than two decades across the state’s Roman Catholic dioceses. This award-winning book explores the devastating effects of abuse in one man’s life in an effort to help readers begin to count the cost to the victims as well as generations of loved ones impacted by this scandal.


Beauty for Ashes: Receiving Emotional Healing
Joyce Meyer
Many people seem to have it all together outwardly, but inside they are a wreck. Their past has broken, crushed, and wounded them inwardly. They can be healed. God has a plan to heal victims of abuse and emotional wounding. Joyce Meyer is a victim of the physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse she suffered as a child. In Beauty for Ashes she outlines major truths that brought healing in her life and describes how other victims of abuse can also experience God's healing in their lives.


The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Bessel van der Kolk M.D. 
Trauma is a fact of life. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. He uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments (from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga) and shares the tremendous power of our relationships to heal and reclaim our lives.

Healing Resources

Gentle (National Site)
In Charlotte - Yoga For You Studios -
Lori Walker: 704-517-8725 /

Phoenix Rising Yoga (National Site)
In Charlotte - Elle Miller:

NIA – A holistic fitness practice -
In Charlotte: Sandra “Nan” Meyer -  spnan.meyer@gmail.com

Emergency Resources
* If you are in immediate danger, please call 911*

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 | TTY at 1-800-799-4889

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) - (800) 656-HOPE (4673)

National Domestic Violence Hotline - (800) 799-SAFE (7233) and

Safe Helpline - Sexual Assault Support for the Department of Defense (DoD) Community
(877) 995-5247 and 

Support Groups

BraveStep’s Courageous Corner (Charlotte based) -