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At the 2009 Christian writing conference, Write-to-Publish, one of the oldest and largest Christian writing conferences, author Karen Rabbitt, M.S.W., was named 2009 Writer of the Year.
The contest judge said Rabbit’s memoir, “Trading Fathers, Forgiving Dad, Embracing God,” (Winepress, 2009) “truly satisfies the reader’s cry, ‘Take me there.’ She uses uncommonly vivid sensory detail to transport her readers–to scenes from her difficult years of childhood abuse through to her adult life of struggling to relate to both her earthly father and her heavenly Father.”
The judge calls the work “uplifting,” “beautifully written,” and “a valuable resource to help readers–whether they’ve had similar backgrounds or not–learn hope, healing, and forgiveness, as she has, by God’s grace.”
Released in March, 2009, the memoir documents the true story of Karen Rabbitt and her journey from brokenness to wholeness. Conceived through the trauma of marital rape, Rabbitt reveals the sexual abuse she suffered as a preschooler at the hands of her father as well as the ripple effect on her childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.
Rabbitt, a seasoned psychotherapist, has written for Marriage Partnership and Today’s Christian Woman in addition to writing her own story. She writes to share her hard-won wisdom–informed by her professional experience but energized by her own struggle for emotional and spiritual health.
Themes throughout the book include:
- God is a true father.
- Forgiveness is a choice.
- Healing is a process.
“I wanted to encourage Christians to understand how our own experience with our fathers affects our ability to trust God. I wanted to share my own story so people can see how I worked through anger, depression, and anxiety.”
After many years as a psychotherapist at the Urbana, Illinois Christian Counseling Center, Rabbitt began Karen Rabbitt Ministries in her fifties. For several years, she specialized in retreats for Christian women. Her passion is to help others find the healing she has found in the father-heart of God. Essentially retired now, she accepts a small number of speaking engagements.
A grandmother, Karen lives in Illinois and has been married to Jerry since 1972. She attends a local church.
Ten interview questions:
- Why did you write Trading Fathers and what did you hope to accomplish?
- How would you define a dysfunctional family?
- How does the relationship with our parents affect our view of God?
- What was the worst consequence of sexual abuse from your father?
- How were you able to forgive your father?
- What is shame and how can we heal from it?
- What is trauma and what are the three keys to healing from the trauma of abuse?
- What are some common reactions to the trauma of sexual abuse?
- How do we develop self-awareness regarding our own reactions to abuse?
- Where is God when we suffer?
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