Technically, this is a cover reveal day for Little Girl Mended by Niki Krauss. I didn't want to tell you that in the title, because I didn't want you to assume it's just another post that can be ignored. (Sorry to all other cover reveals, I love you, I do.)
But this book matters. It really does. And I'm not just saying that because it's Vox Dei - this book truly has the power to change lives.
Part of being the managing director at Vox Dei means I field all submissions. If I think something has the potential to be a Vox Dei title, I read all of it before making a decision. (Which is why I'm nowhere near my Goodreads reading goal, BTW - if I'm reading these days, it's submissions!)
Anywho, when it came to Niki's submission, she was so well-spoken I knew I had to look at her book, but I have to admit I didn't want to. You see, her story was about being sexually abused by her father as a child. I'd like to clearly state now that I was never sexually abused by my father, lest anyone misinterpret what I'm about to say, but I was sexually abused on multiple occasions between the ages of 5 and 17.
The closest I've ever come to exploring those emotions was writing Jailbird. It's one of the many reasons that book is so incredibly close to my heart. (Though I didn't bludgeon my attacker. Well, at least not in real life - I might have in my mind once or twice.)
Anyway, I wasn't sure I could handle Niki's book. I can't watch a rape scene in a movie without getting ill. A rooster abuses a hen on my farm and he becomes dinner. But I knew I owed it to this author to read her words, and so I did. And she instantly drew me in. I couldn't put the book down. I cried. I cringed. I found myself thinking "Oh that's why I do this..." or "Now that habit of mine makes total sense to me." In the course of an afternoon, I found a new level of healing from an old pain I kidded myself into thinking I'd dealt with long ago.
Though her book is about a terribly dark act committed by her father, her story is one of light and hope and love. And even I, someone with a boatload of triggers, read it without feeling ill or having to look away. Niki has an absolute gift for telling her story in a way that is both frank and gentle.
Seriously, there are not enough good words in the English language for me to say about this book. Given the statistics for sexual abuse, odds are sadly pretty good that you or someone you know has been touched by this issue. Whether you share her story or not, there is something in there that will help you find healing for whatever burdens you carry.
About the book
No little girl should ever have to learn about sexual abuse at the hands of her father. But I did, and I survived. This is my story.
Little Girl Mended is both a story of abuse and a story of redemption, spanning more than fifty years. From the loss of innocence at age seven, through ten-plus years of abuse, forty-five years of silence, and finally—well into my fifties—coming to understand that healing is possible. My walk through recovery coincided with a deepening of my relationship with Jesus Christ. Through that relationship I came to experience the Father’s love—a love I couldn’t fully understand while viewing everything through the distorted lens of incest.
In this first-person narrative, I examine painful memories and difficult emotions, allowing myself to feel for the first time in my life. As I grapple with shattering hurt and long-buried pain, I come to realize there can be no healing without surrender. It’s not in my strength that I find healing, but in my complete surrender to Jesus Christ.
The power found in the pages of Little Girl Mended is there for you, too—whatever the circumstances of your own life’s story. Come along and claim it.
About the author
Niki Krauss is a Yankee by birth, a Southerner by choice, and a joy-filled lover of Jesus by grace. After twenty-four years of moving around the country as the wife of a Marine Corps aviator, she and her husband of forty years have settled in Charleston, South Carolina. Niki is the former assistant editor for the Marine Corps Gazette, the professional journal of the United States Marine Corps, where she wielded her red pen for fifteen years. As a sexual abuse survivor herself, her most recent passion is leading faith-based support groups for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Connect with Niki online
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
About Vox Dei
Our name rhymes with Fox Day. We’re an imprint of Booktrope, a new type of publishing company founded in 2011 in Seattle, WA that’s pioneering a model called team publishing. Our mission at VoxDei is to provide books for a primarily Christian audience that edify and entertain, encourage, and inspire. While Christian themes are woven throughout our fiction, our purpose is not to preach a sermon but rather provide a quality alternative to the secular market for entertainment. Our non-fiction titles are intended to help readers explore the Bible in a more personal way and grow in their walk with Christ, while being informal in voice and approach. Whether fiction or non, our goal is to shine the light and love that is central to the Christian faith into a dark and messy world. Learn more at voxdeipublishing.com.
Little Girl Mended will be available January 5, 2016. If you'd like to order copies for your small group, contact Vox Dei to learn about our group discounts.
Rolling hills that had been vibrant green just weeks ago were now muted in tone, as if they were taking a deep breath before bursting into the song of fall.