"I graduated with a 3.7 GPA from a Christian liberal arts college. I work at a respected evangelical publisher. I am a member of my local church. At twenty-five years old, I just celebrated my fifth wedding anniversary. And when I get really stressed out, I cut myself.
Or at least I used to."
This narrative resource written from a Christian perspective is the first of its kind. Elaina Whittenhall invites you to learn from her struggle with cutting. She describes
If you are an active or recovering self-injurer or if you are concerned about a friend or family member, you'll find here practical suggestions for help, hope and healing. You'll also find information about therapy options and treatment programs nationwide and suggestions for further reading on the topic of self-injury.
"Getting over self-injury is not easy. . . . But I've been injury-free for a while now. Self-injury still has its temptations, and sometimes they're pretty strong, but I know that life as a whole is better without self-injury. I'm more stable. I'm less depressed. I stay farther away from despair. I get more work done. I have more energy to enjoy my hobbies, like writing, scrapbooking and quilting. I have better and closer relationships with people around me, particularly my husband. I have found and am still finding other ways to soothe myself and cope with difficult feelings. And I am accepting that the only one who needs to sacrifice his body for my and others' sin is Christ. It is by his wounds, not mine, that I am healed (1 Peter 2:24; Is 53:5)."
What Is Self-Injury?
How I Started
Why People Self-Injure
When I Knew It Was a Problem
How to Spot Trouble in Someone You Care About
How to Help Those You Care About
How to Get Help/What Helps
Obstacles to Recovery
The Beginning . . . of Life
For Further Reading