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Off Ramp: God's Exit from Abuse
A journey of hope and awakening to Biblical answers about abuse.
by Deborah Silva View author's profile page

Overview


Off Ramp, God's Exit from Abuse offers hope not only to victims of domestic violence and survivors of child abuse, but especially to Christian abuse victims who feel trapped by the confines of narrowly interpreted scriptures. Sadly, one in four women in the church is or has been a victim of abuse. For the victim blinded by oppression, it is difficult to see the road signs pointing the way to the off ramp of safety, hope, and recovery. For the observer wanting to intervene, it is difficult to understand why the victim can't see the road signs. It is the role of the church to guide the victim to the safety of the off ramp, and to the Savior who offers hope, peace, and joy. Off Ramp provides answers and prescribes actions. Written through memoir, counseling, and ministry, Off Ramp is intended first to the victim or potential victim, then secondly to those wishing to help, both as individuals and as a church. My own story travels through repeated child sexual abuse, to self-abuse—even amidst worldly success as prom queen, beauty pageant queen, and Playboy centerfold model—to spousal abuse as a "baby Christian" in an isolated location with a man who felt he was the only one who had true understanding from God. With God's miraculous provision, I escaped with my three daughters, all born at home and needing court-ordered birth certificates, to a life filled with the blessings and peace of a loving Savior. We broke the cycles of abuse.
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"With Off Ramp, Deborah Silva accomplishes a remarkable feat: She shares her own powerful story of surviving abuse while also providing valuable instruction for others on how to survive abuse. Deborah shows how complex abusive relationships can be as she unpacks the physical, spiritual, and emotional dynamics involved, all while keeping a sharp eye on the poor theology that undergirds the abuse and the good theology that sets captives free. If you or someone you love is experiencing abuse, this is a powerful story of redemptioon and a practical handbook for what to do next. Highly recommended!"

Mark Beuving, Pastor, NY Times Bestselling author of Multiply: Discoples Making Disciples (co-authored with Francis Chan)


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About the author


Deborah Silva is a Jesus-loving, devil-kicking abuse survivor and purveyor of hope. Transformed after many years of abuse, she counsels and encourages many abuse survivors and served as a board member for "Love Them Both Ministries," providing homes and counseling for homeless pregnant women. Deborah and her current husband are retired in the Sacramento area of California enjoying their fourteen grandchildren and serving the community and church family around them.
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Book details

Genre:RELIGION

Subgenre:Christian Ministry / Counseling & Recovery

Language:English

Series title:Off Ramp Series

Series Number:3

Pages:264

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781098356842

Paperback ISBN:9781098356835


Overview


Off Ramp, God's Exit from Abuse offers hope not only to victims of domestic violence and survivors of child abuse, but especially to Christian abuse victims who feel trapped by the confines of narrowly interpreted scriptures. Sadly, one in four women in the church is or has been a victim of abuse. For the victim blinded by oppression, it is difficult to see the road signs pointing the way to the off ramp of safety, hope, and recovery. For the observer wanting to intervene, it is difficult to understand why the victim can't see the road signs. It is the role of the church to guide the victim to the safety of the off ramp, and to the Savior who offers hope, peace, and joy. Off Ramp provides answers and prescribes actions. Written through memoir, counseling, and ministry, Off Ramp is intended first to the victim or potential victim, then secondly to those wishing to help, both as individuals and as a church. My own story travels through repeated child sexual abuse, to self-abuse—even amidst worldly success as prom queen, beauty pageant queen, and Playboy centerfold model—to spousal abuse as a "baby Christian" in an isolated location with a man who felt he was the only one who had true understanding from God. With God's miraculous provision, I escaped with my three daughters, all born at home and needing court-ordered birth certificates, to a life filled with the blessings and peace of a loving Savior. We broke the cycles of abuse.

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Description


"With Off Ramp, Deborah Silva accomplishes a remarkable feat: She shares her own powerful story of surviving abuse while also providing valuable instruction for others on how to survive abuse. Deborah shows how complex abusive relationships can be as she unpacks the physical, spiritual, and emotional dynamics involved, all while keeping a sharp eye on the poor theology that undergirds the abuse and the good theology that sets captives free. If you or someone you love is experiencing abuse, this is a powerful story of redemptioon and a practical handbook for what to do next. Highly recommended!"

Mark Beuving, Pastor, NY Times Bestselling author of Multiply: Discoples Making Disciples (co-authored with Francis Chan)


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About the author


Deborah Silva is a Jesus-loving, devil-kicking abuse survivor and purveyor of hope. Transformed after many years of abuse, she counsels and encourages many abuse survivors and served as a board member for "Love Them Both Ministries," providing homes and counseling for homeless pregnant women. Deborah and her current husband are retired in the Sacramento area of California enjoying their fourteen grandchildren and serving the community and church family around them.
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