I’m very pleased to announce that my Seven Reasons Women Stay in Abusive Relationships and How to Defeat Each One of Them is now available in paperback for $7.99.
Sarah Strong is executive director of Not This Girl, an organization whose mission is to “support those affected by sexual and domestic violence through empowerment, resources, creating awareness and encouraging change.” I knew that Ms. Strong had read Seven Reasons, so when it was ready to go in paperback I asked if she might say about it whatever she liked. Below is her response.
I have lived Seven Reasons—all seven reasons, some for longer periods of time than others, and a few more than once. Because I have survived this type of violence—years of domestic abuse ending with a brutal sexual assault—I am a cynical reader of such books. I have little use for trite observations.
How I wish I had found Seven Reasons before . . . before when? I ask myself that as I re-read each reason John so accurately writes about. Before that guy, this problem, that choice, this pain—but mostly before I let my young daughter learn some of my habits. Because this book meets women wherever they are at, I’m sure there are countless times when its words could have changed my life. And what could my life have been if my father had read and shared this book with me, if he had talked with me about these things before I began to date?
Victims of abusive relationships often find themselves feeling alone, wounded, and far from where they thought life would take them. Healing and the road back to stability is often confusing, chaotic and long. As a map does a lonely traveler, Seven Reasons brings perspective, clarity, practical advice, and comfort to the lost. A short book, it does not overwhelm already exhausted minds. Full of direction and advice shared without a condescending or preachy tone, Mr. Shore speaks from a place of compassion.
Healthy doesn’t happen overnight, and Seven Reasons is a book worth carrying the length of the journey, if not for your personal walk toward healing, then for someone you love. As my daughter approaches her preteen years, I’ll be sharing my copy of Seven Reasons with her, and we’ll discuss where on my journey I found this map.
Seven Reasons speaks truths few authors have been able to isolate, understand, and articulate in such a compassionate and solution-focused way. Thank you for your work, John Shore.
The print edition of Seven Reasons was designed by Dan Wilkinson (who also designed this website). As you may know, book page design is a fantastic (and increasingly lost) art. I’m proud to say the pages of this book are done as well as in any book you’ve ever seen. (And, trust me, I would know.)