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Survival: A Memoir in Dealing with Rape and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Survival: A Memoir in Dealing with Rape and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Mattke

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Survival: A Memoir in Dealing with Rape and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is Elizabeth Mattke's first book about her life from childhood to the present on how she has dealt with two rapes and post-traumatic stress disorder. She provides diaries and poems, and how she has made progress over the years. The journey is ongoing, but she is thankful for how the Lord has sustained her through it all.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 103 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing Ltd (24 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052OUGFI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,400,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Survivor's Tale 13 April 2012
By Susan Mahoney - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Is a sensitive personal Christian biography of a young woman's struggles through darkness in her life. She was raised with conflicting perspectives about life. One side was about unconditional love from an Almighty and another through abuse from her loved ones and strangers, rape, and the after effects of post traumatic syndrome. The topic of rape comes up and she speaks of the emotional upheaval it causes in her daily life, her education and her future with her fiancée and the people she thought she could depend upon betrayed her and other were like angels protecting her and aiding her through healing.

This story is short and published by a publishing house and is still a work in progress for it is a vital message and a psychology aid to help someone through difficult personal storm in their lives and hold on to the belief that no matter what anyone says or does, the hurt individual is the only one who hold the power to make it through. The author has the educational degrees to give advice but to some readers this novella it may be taken as a pamphlet of how to seek for assistance, how to believe in a supreme being for divine guidance. And with the right professional help, support network and guidance, negative actions could be healed, for some it will take a long time and for others shorter, it depends upon their trust factor being repaired again.

This reader choose to read this story because as a reviewer I could not find any reviews on it and the author is from the United Kingdom and wants to help others to seek truth through counseling and finding the Almighty. I goggle other links and she was interviewed on a radio show. Here is the link: [...]

It is a mixture of personal triumph, advice and has a message; if lost follow your heart and seek the healing comfort of people who could assist a broken vessel, an individual who was betrayed and be there to help, listen do not judge the hurting and teach them to find the strength again to be able to function as society deems as a productive citizen again. Strengthen them to be able to chase away the demons of mental illness and depression and come to terms with the pain and move forward. Believe in the impossible to be the possible. The two songs that could be dedicated to this story is I am a Survivor and Climb every Mountain to reach the top of self-realization and find freedom away from emotional past scars.

Some readers would declare this is a work in progress and needs more substance and more techniques and skills building advice to be more assertive in helping a hurting individual find peace in the midst of betrayal. It is a beginning and the author hints another book is coming out in the Spring of 2012.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Survival: A Memoir in Dealing with Rape and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 5 July 2012
By Arlena - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Author: Elizabeth Mattke
Published by: Chipmunkapublishing Ltd
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA


"Survival: A Memoir in Dealing with Rape and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" by Elizabeth Mattke was a very enlighten read for me. I was able to really learn what goes on with a person that has been raped. This is a very sad subject but is one that needs to be out their for anyone who has suffered such horrible thing in their life. I am glad the way this subject was presented. To see how Elizabeth dealt with two rapes and post-traumatic stress disorder was really a intriguing read. How she was able to deal with all of this through the help of her diaries, poems and especially with God's help. To see how Elizabeth shared her 'therapist's notes homework assignments' really helped in the healing process. The information I received from Elizabeth's story was if needed..... to seek help, listen and not to judge the hurting, find strength to be able to function in society again and most of all seek God's help.

For anyone who has been in this situation....Elizabeth Mattke book will be of comfort to you and I would recommend as a good read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Personal Tale, Yet Poignant For Many 1 May 2012
By visionarywordsmith - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I would recommend this book to anyone who has been through a traumatic event in their life. Elizabeth's story is told in her voice, in easy-to-understand language and clearly conveys her thoughts. It requires a lot of courage to publish a book with such personal details, and I applaud the author for her hard work. What I most enjoyed were the details Elizabeth shared about her therapist's notes and "homework assignments" meant to move her forward on the path to real healing--I think that many could use a gentle reminder that absolutist and distorted thinking sets us back instead of setting us free.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but maybe not for everyone. 22 Dec 2012
By Mirrani - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I requested this book from a reviewer program because it dealt with issues that I have experience with. I was interested to see how one person's way of coping with the stresses of rape (and situations that come with it) would differ from others. I was also looking forward to reading a guidebook of sorts that would help me to understand Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which I have no knowledge or experience with.

This book is somewhat more like a journal than a memoir and contains inserts of poetry and worksheets that are helpful for understanding the emotions coming from someone who has been through traumatic events. It is a short read and seems to still be rough around the edges in many places, but I was able to find some helpful information on understanding and helping others.

I don't know that I could recommend this book to other "survivors" however. I don't in any way mean to take away from the author's experiences or emotions because everyone deals with these injustices in different ways, but I came away feeling somewhat offended in the end. Perhaps I completely misunderstood the situation because of the way it is written in a jumble, but it seemed to me that the descriptions of the first rape should be classified as "molestation" which is an entirely different thing all together, though the emotions that can come from it are certainly strong and valid. That section perhaps tainted me slightly against anything else that would come because as someone who has had to deal with a molester and a rapist, the book from that point on felt more like trying to bring attention to the injustice than actual recalling of fact for the purpose of healing.

Again, I do NOT wish to go against the author's feelings. Everyone's experiences are different and I am not going to sit here and say that what is written is wrong or invalid. I only think that some people who have been through rape or other traumatic events that are similarly labeled may need to find comradery elsewhere. I think this is a good start for people who are trying to understand what a friend or family member could be experiencing. In that regard, this book is an excellent start.

Note: Though this book was a free gift from the author, the content of my review was in no way influenced by the gifting. The book speaks for itself and my review would have been worded just this way even if I'd gone out and bought it.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not At All Sure the Message Is Clear 31 Jan 2013
By E. Phillips - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I want to begin by saying that I really wanted to like this book; that I had high hopes of it. Sadly I was disappointed - very disappointed to the point of being offended.

While I realise that each 'survivor' deals with post rape/assault issues differently, unless I read things wrongly, this particular memoir suggests that its writer all but completely abrogates responsibility for her own healing to others, and to an overabundant reliance on 'God.' While I realise that faith can be a big factor in bringing peace after such acts of violence against us, there are many (myself included) for which such a strategy, such a surrender to 'this is God's plan for me' represents a further acceptance of powerlessness, and not a step toward personal empowerment and a re-visioning of self respect.

The writing, while positive in place, is disorganised and repetitive, and in many places unclear as to what exactly happened, what exactly was the chain of cause and effect. While I'm glad that Elizabeth found personal healing through the help of the people she has in her life, and the strategies she outlines in her memoirs, I'm afraid I can't recommend this as a book that might help others.
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