Harriet Hill, Margaret Hill, Debbie Braaksma, Lyn Westman
About this Book
This is the child’s book for the Healing Hearts Club™ program of Bible-based trauma healing for children who have experienced war, abuse, or a similar human or natural disaster.
The Healing Hearts Club features an interactive, story-centered, field-tested approach that provides vital mental health information within a biblical framework for children aged 9–13. It is designed for use in churches, orphanages, schools, or dedicated camps. Each child in a Healing Hearts Club session should get a copy of this book to keep. Lay facilitators can plan and lead the program using the companion Facilitator Book, HEALING CHILDREN’S WOUNDS OF TRAUMA (ABS Item 124167, ISBN 9781937628932).
Each of the ten lessons includes two illustrated stories—a Bible story and a composite real-life story about the experiences of “Sami and Rose”—so children can see the effects of trauma, learn how to work through their emotional and spiritual pain, and experience God’s love for them. Each lesson also includes a memory verse and other activities to help children engage with the materials.
“Many children in today’s world are victims of, or witness, acts of violence or abuse. Those who have experienced such trauma can go on to develop long-term mental health difficulties, not only causing considerable distress but also compromising their educational and social potential.
“This program gives an opportunity to change that trajectory. By providing children with a language in which to describe their emotions, and helping them tell the story of their hurt and express their emotional pain, the program gives them the opportunity to begin a journey of recovery and healing. The facilitators’ book provides all that is needed to run children’s groups as well as train others in the methods used.
“The Healing Hearts Club program is distinctive in helping children understand that whatever happens to them, they are special to God, and can take their pain to him. In a safe environment, with God’s help, they can even begin to forgive those who have hurt them.
“I commend this book to all who seek to assist children to recover from serious emotional trauma.”
—Dr Helen Hayes, FRCPsych, Consultant in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, UK
“Now I know I am important to God. I am not rubbish, no matter what people say.” “I have learned that if I just keep bad feelings inside, they will get worse.”
—Ugandan children, responding to the question “what I learned,”
after a Healing Hearts Club camp, April 2013
Paperback. 5.75 x 8.25 inches. 72 pages