“The Art of Surviving”

Giles D Lascelle

ISBN: 9781912726141

Published Oct 2019

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Is a full and abundant life possible if your childhood has been shattered by abuse?

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. Giles D Lascelle, an abuse survivor, ordained minister and psychotherapist, examines the issues and shows how it is possible to break through to a place of freedom, peace and joy.

Combining psychological insights with a tender understanding of the compassionate heart of Christ, Giles shares what he has learnt in more than thirty years’ professional practice. An accessible and powerful resource, Breakthrough guides survivors in the art of recovery, informs those who love them, and shows how churches can respond.

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

  • This is not an easy read, but it’s a courageous, important read so that the church may understand both abuse and the role it can play in supporting survivors. Well written, it’s as gentle as it is hard hitting while offering hope.

    Rachael Newham, author of Learning to Breathe
  • This little book is a gem. It contains great wisdom, makes a lot of sense and is written by a survivor for survivors and their supporters. This is neither an academic book nor an autobiography, but a resource to make sense of the impact on us of abuse and to show us the direction of the path to recovery.

    This is a profoundly positive book and shows that there is more to trauma than meets the eye. The author understands abuse at a deep level and is writing from his lived experience of surviving, recovering and thriving. I have read a lot of books in this area, but this book connects with parts that other books don’t reach!

    As a psychotherapist, the author has founded a charity to help survivors and train their supporters to provide hope and help while people heal. I so wish that mental health services would take the same positive view – that with the right help most people can recover from the negative impacts of childhood abuse, even the most terrible abuse that can be imagined or experienced.

    Dr Fergus Law MBChB, MSc, FRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Mental Health and Addiction at the University of Bristol
  • Writing as a theological tutor in an Anglican Theological College, I am delighted to see the arrival of this book with its blend of education, Christian faith, psychotherapy and honesty.

    Breakthrough: The Art of Surviving is about how to survive with your faith and your inner world intact, because the author is so evidently a disciple of Christ. He notes, however, that prayer is not a shortcut to surviving abuse, but neither is psychology of the devil. He shows current insight [into Church], detailing that lots of survivors connect with Church, but many often struggle with Church. More importantly, he offers open-ended and relevant conversation about the sexual orientation of survivors of sexual abuse, including referencing his own journey.

    Revd Dr Howard J Worsley, Vice Principal Trinity College, Bristol, Tutor in Missiology