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A Letter to a Friend

The Story of Abuse in America

Patty Wain Smith


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Winner of the 2020 Illumination Book Awards Enduring Light Silver Medal for Christian Thought and other awards

"This incredible book is a gift to every victim." (Vicki Bourus, SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault executive director)

Not sure if it's abuse?

This book will give you clarity and hope.

An unforgettable love letter to victims in an inspirational book of hope and love. Award-winning author and survivor Patty Wain Smith goes beyond self-help and documentaries. The conversation is intimate, affirming, and relatable for victims and those who want to know why it's so hard to leave.

  • -It's gentle, powerful, and unspeakably honest-the perfect book to give to a friend, coworker, neighbor, family member, or anyone in an emotionally or physically abusive relationship.
  • - Social Workers, clergy, counselors, police officers, nurses, and educators will find themselves transported into the layers of this tragic and hard-to-address social issue, and learn how helping victims can integrate with the Christian faith.

A Letter to a Friend: The Story of Abuse in America combines psychology, counseling, domestic violence, child development, and Christian principles. There's a bonus at the back: a link to an original song that helps the reader grieve-an essential part of recovery. Follow the journey of a survivor who grows stronger and wiser after accepting God's gift, and discover the one thing that changes everything.

A Letter to a Friend: The Story of Abuse in America is the winner of the 2020 Illumination Book Awards Enduring Light Silver Medal for Christian Thought; the 2020 Writer's Digest Book Awards Honorable Mention for Inspirational; the 2019 International Book Awards Finalist for Best New Non-Fiction, Self-Help: Relationships, and Health: Women's Health; and the 2019 Living Now Book Awards Bronze Medal for Relationships: Marriage

(New Words Publishing, LLC)

New Words Publishing, 9780692825839, 144pp.

Publication Date: October 5, 2017

About the Author

Award-winning author Patty Wain Smith created and managed the first family violence prevention program at her church, and has worked as a hotline counselor for Parents Anonymous and Citizens Against Spouse Abuse. Smith studied psychology and counseling at the University of South Carolina and Webster University, and is a member of the Psi Chi International Honor Society. She's an experienced Child Development Specialist and Educational Consultant as well as a lifetime advocate for children. The author is a member of the Family Justice Center's Speakers Bureau, and has appeared on Carolina and Company Live television and WRNN radio. She is a longtime South Carolina resident who writes, researches, studies, and reads with her loving dog, Boo, curled up by her feet. In her spare time, she plays piano and guitar, and teaches music. She's a proud member of the South Carolina Writer's Association.