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EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) therapy has been successfully used for the past thirty years for those who have suffered PTSD in the military. Recently it has been recognized as a useful therapy for other forms of trauma. For the author of this book, it was a lifesaving means of reprocessing painful experiences from her upbringing that continued to affect her life. Because “hurt people hurt people,” Marie Pflugrad tells her story of pain and relief through EMDR to demonstrate how the past can be the past and not a shadow darkening the present.

Dear reader,

I want you to understand that God loves you, wanted you, and created you, regardless of what you have been told. He has a purpose for your life. It’s okay to leave your family of origin when its dysfunction and toxic relationships suck the life out of you, for that can be the only way to survive and thrive. Also, forgiving someone does not mean what that person did was okay, but it enables you to heal. If you have been traumatized in the past, I hope you will seek out a Christian EMDR therapist in your area.

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Marie Pflugrad is a teacher and pastor's wife, living near Bismarck, North Dakota. She received her B.A. in elementary education and earned a master's degree in education/special education from Regis University. Marie has written a children's book titled You Have A Voice, in which she hopes to educate, bring awareness to, and prevent abuse from happening to children. She loves writing, journaling, horseback riding, birding with her husband, kayaking, photography, baking, vegetarian cooking, singing, and playing her guitar.

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