NEW BOOK! Thriving after abuse

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Are victims of childhood abuse damaged beyond cure?
How can they not just survive but thrive?
Written by a survivor
De-mystifies challenging behaviours
Educates and enlightens on the effects of trauma
Provides tools to help

One in five of us experiences severe abuse in some form as a child, often leading to devastating emotional and mental health problems in adulthood.[1] As a crime that is often hidden, it is difficult to measure and often comes to light when it is too late. Where prevention has sadly not been possible, is that the end of the story for the victims? Will the legacy of those events leave them feeling overwhelmed and devastated even as adults? Or is it possible to have a full and abundant life when abuse has shattered a person’s childhood, leaving the adult still struggling with the effects?

Psychotherapist and minister Giles Lascelle says it is. In Breakthrough, written especially for survivors and their supporters, including those who want to welcome survivors into churches and help them, Giles combines psychological insight with an understanding of the compassionate heart of Christ. This book provides a unique and powerful resource to guide survivors on a journey of recovery and healing from the brokenness of childhood abuse, and to help them come through to a place of peace and joy.

Breakthrough is a much-needed resource for survivors and those supporting and working with them. It seeks to educate about some of the behavioural outworking of childhood abuse in later life, and how we can better understand them. It also aims to equip churches to become trauma-informed, safe and supportive places for survivors.

Giles Lascelle says, ‘Victims of abuse can not only survive but thrive. It starts with people recognising that they are not abnormal for feeling the things they feel, for responding in the way they do. That is why people need therapeutic intervention, to make sense of what happened to them. They also need community. No one survives this journey on their own; they need support, especially when it’s tough.’


Breakthrough by Giles Lascelle (ISBN: 9781912726141) is published by Instant Apostle and is available on 17th October 2019 from Christian bookshops, bookstores and online retailers. Non-fiction, 304pp, £8.99.

[1] Radford, L. et al. (2011) Child abuse and neglect in the UK today. London: NSPCC


  • Giles D Lascelle

    Giles D Lascelle is an ordained minister and psychotherapist specialising in trauma. He has been working with people who were...

  • Breakthrough

    Giles D Lascelle

    Is a full and abundant life possible if your childhood has been shattered by abuse? One-in-five of us experience severe abuse in some form as children,* often leading to devastating emotional and mental health problems in adulthood. Giles D Lascelle, an abuse survivor, ordained minister and psychotherapist, examines...