Praise for From Pain to Power
"From Pain to Power is a beautiful book that brings hope to those who have suffered from the darkness and devastation of sexual violation. Author and counselor Mary Ellen Mann does a masterful job in describing survivors as Princess Warriors who have suffered the battle against their royal birth and rightful femininity. I highly recommend this book to survivors of sexual violation and those who love and care for them."
--Boz Tchividjian, executive director of GRACE
"From Pain to Power is an informative and compassionate road map for those healing from the trauma of sexual abuse. The Christian perspective of this valuable resource will help many women heal, not just emotionally and physically but spiritually as well. Mary Ellen's vulnerable sharing of her own journey will encourage others toward the restoration and freedom she has found."
--Milan and Kay Yerkovich, authors of How We Love and How We Love Our Kids
"Mary Ellen Mann's From Pain to Power
is an excellent resource for sexual abuse survivors. Told with candor, backed by clinical practice, and full of scriptural insight, this book will help anyone battling back to health after the devastation of rape."
--Mary DeMuth, author of Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing after Sexual Abuse
"Mary Ellen Mann walks hand in hand with women overcoming sexual trauma. She exposes the lies of the world and reveals the truth God yearns to share with us--we are more precious than silver, more costly than gold, and more beautiful than diamonds. From Pain to Power journeys through the effects of sexual violation and leads to the reclamation of every woman's worth as beloved daughters of God."
--Shannon Ethridge, relationship coach, speaker, and author of numerous books including the million-copy, best-selling Every Woman's Battle series
"Mary Ellen Mann has brilliantly taken a painful and often confusing topic and offered a solid path to move forward--beyond the scars and heartache. In a powerful weave of truth and reflection, she teaches readers how to not only understand abuse and pain but to aggressively fight against it. This is a 'go-to' book for years to come."
president of Truly Fed Ministries and The Vine Uganda, speaker, and author of Truly Fed: Finding Freedom from Disordered Eating, Spirit Hunger,
and Watershed Moments
"In my twenty-three years as a journalist, I've encountered all kinds of cases of abuse and objectification. Mary Ellen has written a guide not only for those who've been victimized, but for all of us. From Pain to Power is a step-by-step journey of self love, faith, and understanding. It speaks to anyone grappling with doubt and beautifully elevates those who have spent too long blaming the wrong person: themselves."
--Brooke Wagner, anchor of Good Day Colorado
"From Pain to Power validates and gives hope that healing, love, and joy are possible after the humiliation and degradation of sexual violation."
--Marilyn Van Derbur, advocate, speaker, and author of Miss America by Day
"This powerful book truly validates victims of sexual trauma while empowering them to walk with God, using spirituality as a tool; also a helpful resource for therapists working with sexual trauma victims."
--Roopa Kurse, MD; adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist
"You are a hero! Read this book and you will be able to look in the mirror like a Navy Seal who says 'I will never quit.' Mary Ellen is personal, informative, and loving as she champions you to be a warrior in your story and to know that you are a gift from God. Read this book and the impact, growth, and change in you will be recognizable."
--John E. Davis, MA, author of Extreme Pursuit, president and founder of 2xtreme
"Mary Ellen Mann uses her personal narrative and engrossing story to provide clear strategies for transformation. As a therapist who has seen men and women struggle with sexual violations for more than twenty-five years, I would recommend From Pain to Power
to every church leader, counselor, and Christian parent."
--John DeVries, executive director of development at Shelterwood Academy
"What a powerful resource for sexual abuse survivors and those who care about them! Drawing from her own personal and professional experiences, as well as from her deep faith and heart of compassion, Mary Ellen Mann takes the reader on a hope-filled journey--from the dark tunnel of pain and trauma, onto paths of insight and truth, and ultimately to the high places of redemption and healing. You, or someone you love, can be whole again--this book will show you how."
--Sandi Banks, author of Anchors of Hope
"From Pain to Power is a must-read for women across the globe who bear the tumult of sexual violation. We must recognize the sacred value of survivors of abuse, while acknowledging and encouraging the power of their voices. This book is a great tool for those who work with survivors to help them stay the course in their healing. You, too, can step into her journey and help her reclaim her life as you learn to restore her value and purpose."
--Kimba Langas, executive director of Free the Girls
"From Pain to Power is a journey into the battle wounds and resulting scars of a survivor of sexual violation. You are also given a road map to help women find healing and wholeness again. Read this book to be part of the solution to this epidemic concern."
--Dale Ingraham, co-founder of Speaking Truth in Love Ministries, president of MK Safety Net, and pastor in Campbell, NY