Looking With New Eyes, My Journey from Bondage to Freedom, by Annette Geroy
“This is the story of how Jesus replaced the lies planted deeply in my heart--with truth. It is the story of my release from the bondage of sexual abuse. If you were sexually abused as a child, this book was written to bring you hope. You may be a pastor, a counselor, a friend, or a spouse of someone who was sexually abused who is looking for fresh direction. In the pages of this book you will discover principles of prayer which can open doors to God’s great power to redeem and restore the wounded heart.
Looking With New Eyes is available for purchase here, or YOU CAN ORDER it online from Xulon Press or Amazon Books.
BUILT WITH STONES OF TURQUOISE, Learning to Live and Walk in Freedom
by Annette Geroy
When the Lord brings healing to your life, things change. You change! Often you feel like the alcoholic who gets sober or the drug addict who comes clean. Those around you no longer know what to expect. They do not like the new you because you are no longer willing to rescue, fix or be controlled. You do not want to go back to the way things were before.
The questions are, "What might you expect?" and "How do you respond with grace?"
Built with Stones of Turquoise is available for purchase here, or YOU CAN ORDER it online from Xulon Press or Amazon Books.
This historical novel begins with Grace researching her family history. The old family story said her ancestor, Mathias Bermel, came from Germany as a stowaway at the age of thirteen.
In an ancient trunk, Grace discovers journals written by Mathias. Reading his stories, she realizes her family history carried not only a name, but also a darkness that had impacted generations.
Through years of adventure, Mathias struggled to maintain his core beliefs and values. Would he ever be free of the guilt of leaving his sister behind to deal with her abuser, alone? Would he ever find his true place in the world?
His world is turned upside down when Otto shows up in the backwater Louisiana town he called home.
National statistics state that over 30% of all women in America and 16% of all men have experienced some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18. One of our goals is to reach out to sexual abuse survivors, nationally and internationally, with an innovative program called The Compassionate Community.
The Compassionate Community is an informal group of people who care about the bruised and brokenhearted and are in a position to provide physical, emotional or spiritual support.
It is our goal to help equip you, as part of the Compassionate Community, with knowledge and skills which will enable you to effectively walk alongside survivors of sexual abuse.
“What can I do? Who can help me? What should I NOT do?”
We will help you answer these questions through this program. For further information:
Sexual abuse is a tough topic. When an adult reveals that they were sexually abused as a child, that revelation is always followed by a moment of awkward silence. Behind the wall of silence, emotions churn—shock—aversion—embarrassment—fear—heartache—compassion.
Questions pop to the surface:
“What do they expect from me?
Am I prepared to respond in a respectful, appropriate manner?
Is there a place to refer them for the help they need?”
How do you prepare to address the issues without getting caught in the emotional tangle that causes the sexual abuse victim to disconnect?
Order this DVD to find the answers to your questions. For further information:
The deepest convictions of our hearts are formed by stories and reside there in the images and emotions of story. The story of humankind was marred by Adam and Eve's choice to doubt God's Word.
The Father saw that His children could not see His heart, the Son realized that we could not receive the Father's love, and the Spirit saw the joy of fellowship with the Father vanish from our lives. The Trinity devised a plan for reconciliation to bring us back into communion with the Father, so that we can know His lavish heart and live life in the freedom of His embrace.
We have a choice. Should we live with hopeful abandon, trusting in a larger story whose ending is good, or should we live in our small stories and glean what we can from glimpses of God's Truth?
This conference examines the deep questions about how God's story and our stories intersect and how we can experience The Joy of the Lord. For further information:
“Come Dance With Me” is based primarily on the book, Do You Think I’m Beautiful?, by Angela Thomas. The focus of the retreat is learning to truly TRUST the Lord. As women begin to understand that God, alone, can fill their deepest needs and desires, the whole focus of their lives begins to change. Seeing ourselves as the Lord’s “Beloved” is a concept that is there, in the word, but rarely understood or embraced. As the Lord heals our wounded hearts He calls to us, “Come Dance With Me!” For more information:
“Two Girls Can” is designed to emphasize the importance of our relationships with other women. If you have a friend you depend on for advice, support and encouragement, you know what a difference she makes in your life. This retreat will include components on developing body, mind and spirit in the company of a friend! Fun and lighthearted, this conference will have you laughing. For more information:
Have you ever been told you are a "child of God," yet struggle with accepting that as truth. Do you often wonder about your identity and the destructive cycles in your life that you seem to keep repeating? Would you like to discover some clues that will help you understand what you believe about yourself? When untruths about our value and worth are experienced when we are children, they can interrupt our emotional and spiritual development--sometimes for years. Learning ways to see yourself through the eyes of Christ can free you to experience your true identity. For more information:
Many of us have a distorted belief system. Accompanying our lie-based-thinking are toxic emotions that impact the way we behave. When we are stressed, depressed, angry, anxious, or feeling guilty, we become prone to misinterpret events. These might be called irrational, twisted, or unrealistic thought patterns. This booklet provides
A Systematic Way to Extinguish Pesky and Damaging Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTS).
Anger in an inner emotional response to feeling helpless. We get angry because we feel helpless. The next time you get angry ask yourself the question, “What do I feel helpless about?” This booklet includes an anger inventory. My hope is that it might be helpful in identifying your anger, understanding your anger, and resolving your anger.
Fear profits a man nothing. One of the most crucial things in life is to not be afraid. Everyone who enters my office for ministry is fearful of something. Many are still terrified of things that happened decades ago. Overcoming fear can be a challenging, and sometimes painful, task. This booklet contains an inventory to help identify those things which keep you from living in the present.
Your values are the lenses through which you view yourself and the world around you. They influence your thoughts, feelings, and behavior. They also shape your life. All of us have a value system but most do not take time to explore and understand what they value. In part that is because most do not think about their thinking. Finding clarity as to what one values will help serve as a blueprint for effective decision-making and living.
Often one gets confused about values and vision. They are not the same. Vision answers the question, “What do you do?” Values answer the question, “Why do you do what you do?” We will focus on one’s values.
Where do you begin when it comes to making lasting change? You begin by thinking about your thinking. Most never take time to think about their thinking. Transformation begins in your heart as well as your mind. Personal transformation is also a gift of grace - a gift from God. God has given you a will, and you are an active participant in the process of change - what you do or don’t do makes all the difference.
There are three questions that I would like for you to consider today. If you honestly seek the answers to these questions it will lead you down a path to find your identity and your destiny.