The Transformation from Grief to Forgiveness
A Christ-Centered Healing Journey
By Elizabeth Mattke
Key Themes: Self Help, Home Study Course, PTSD, Mental Health, Religion, Faith
“A PTSD Workbook for Rape Survivors: The Transformation from Grief to Forgiveness A Christ-Centered Healing Journey” is a model for adults of all ages who are looking for ways to cope with rape recovery from a Christian perspective. She provides the condition, methods, exercises and calls to action in order for the survivor to have the skills to overcome PTSD. The author comments that it does take time to heal, and she encourages the reader throughout the book.
About the Author
Elizabeth Mattke was born in 1983 in Wichita, Kansas USA. She was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder January 2005. She has seen two counselors for her disorder and has made progress through the years. She now has the skills to cope with any flashback, and now has the support of family and friends. Ozark Christian College tried to hold her back with her education, but she has since then graduated with a Master of Liberal Studies in Organizational Leadership degree from Fort Hays State University, and is a 4 time published author with Franklin Publishing Company. Her passion in life is teaching children and adults of all ages, writing articles and books, and the opportunity to tell others about Jesus in any setting.
She has an author/tutor website at http://www.elizabethmattkeworks.com , and her own business with Scentsy as a Certified Consultant. Her site is https://elizabethmattke.scentsy.us/Home. Furthermore, her first book was published through Chipmunka April 2011 entitled, “Survival: A Memoir in Dealing with Rape and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.” She is currently working on her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree with California Coast University, and she hopes to graduate in the fall or winter of 2013. She has achieved her dream of teaching at a college and working in a Christian church (Church of the Savior). Through all of this her family and friends have helped her by providing the support she needed, and she is especially thankful for her husband Jared and his patience as she recovers.
After I wrote my first book, “Survival: A Memoir in Dealing with Rape and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”, I was compelled to write another thereafter. However, I was unsure of how to go about it. I started with writing about the second half of my life, but got nowhere. One day, I received an e-mail from Chipmunka Publishing saying that they needed home training courses that meet their criteria. Immediately, I was inspired because I knew that deep down this is what I wanted to do. Upon writing, everything came to me, and I enjoyed the writing process for this manuscript. Each chapter has a phase that I went through in order to become where I am today.
My goals in this endeavor were to give individuals practical steps in the healing process, especially a rape survivor. Everything that is written comes from my own life experience. This is because I desire to help the reader to grasp that it is a life-long process that could take years, but with encouragement from this book, one is able to become a success in life.
This means not letting the abuse control the person, but the individual taking control of his or her life. I had to work hard at making this a reality through much counseling and education. While I went through this journey, I learned a lot about myself and how to help others.
Here are some areas that I learned. The first consisted of that the world that deemed me as unfit to keep a job or remain in college; however, I was already emotionally stable in the midst of the misperception of me. For example, I grasped that I had to challenge others who thought otherwise in a professional manner, so that they could understand that I am not much different from them. Second, I knew that I was already self-aware, and I knew that I was sensitive due to my personality. This means that I could actually read others well, without them knowing it, and this included my environment and work culture.
Last, I knew that I was strong-willed and stubborn, but also open to new ideas with life in general. Many do struggle to understand me, but once they get to know me; this becomes easy for them to understand why I behave the way I do.
As you read through this book, I hope you are empowered to make similar changes in your life. If you are having issues after completing it, I highly recommend seeking additional help from a trained professional.