Groomed: Overcoming the Messages That Shaped Our Past and Limit Our Future
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 14, 2020)
I’m honored to join TLC Book Tours for the blog tour of Groomed: Overcoming the Messages That Shaped Our Past and Limit Our Future by Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good
Thank you to the author and publisher for the opportunity to review this important book. It’s a slim book, just 172 pages but it contains a powerful message.
“It started with a secret. Something happened when she was a child, right under the watchful eye of her mother. Something that she couldn’t tell anyone about.”
The author discusses her work at @selahfreedom over the last ten years working with survivors of sex trafficking. She explains that young impressionable women often are “groomed” – manipulated and told lies to by the adults in power.
Research shows that one out of three women in America was sexually abused during childhood. However, even if that’s not you, chances are there has been a time when you felt uncomfortable or controlled by someone you trusted. This book should be required reading for all women.
Someone in your past sold you a false story about who you are and what you’re worth. It has been holding you back for too long. Take control of your future.
Using her own story of abuse, family tragedy, and rebellion, Elizabeth Melendez Fisher guides readers toward an understanding that grooming is oftentimes subtle, but it’s always life-altering. In Groomed, Fisher incorporates the language and lessons gained over the past decade working with sex trafficking victims and her work in ministry and counseling before that. She draws out five specific ways that women have been groomed, from physical appearance to spirituality to finances, and shows how those manipulative messages have affected the way we see our worth and how they’ve oftentimes stifled and limited us. From there Fisher offers readers a way to overcome their past, starting with the all-important but rarely explored idea of a selah, or a time of rest and reflection, and exploring active ways to forgive and move forward to a new level of freedom.
No one has to be defined by her past. No one has to live for her groomers. It’s time to take a look back at where we came from to escape the messages of our past and take control of our future.
‘In Groomed Elizabeth shares a raw, heart-wrenching story, digging deeply to save others–a vital education, a sad tale, and a miracle of truth. Stopping sex trafficking and helping young women thrive is only possible through the education this book provides. And, ultimately, the sad realization that it could have been any of us!’ –Dina Bair Maher, WGN-TV, Chicago, anchor/reporter
About the Author
ELIZABETH MELENDEZ FISHER GOOD is the CEO and Co-Founder of Selah Freedom and the Selah Way Foundation, which exists to end sexual abuse, exploitation, and sex trafficking. Her leadership has brought freedom to thousands of American children and young adults who have been rescued from sexual slavery, and she has helped educate millions on the topics of leadership, exploitation and sex trafficking. Learn more at FreewithE.com.
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