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Hidden Joy In A Dark Corner by Wendy Blight

Reviewed by Melissa J. Carswell

"Hidden Joy is not a book for entertainment purposes. It is a book for healing purposes. Wendy digs deep into her story – deeper than some survivors may be willing to go – yet to a depth that all survivors have to go to eventually find their healing."

Wendy Blight has entered my real-life hero’s hall of fame. Not only is she a rape survivor, she has the courage to tell her story in her book Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God’s Story.

Just the title of the book alone is indication of how Wendy views the traumatic experience of rape and the ensuing journey in years afterwards. It is not her story, but God’s story. It is not about her, but about God’s glory. It’s a story about how she went from frightened survivor to woman boasting of God’s healing transformation in her life.

Wendy does not sugar coat the details. While she does not give explicit details of her experience, she also does not hold back on the anguish, shame, and terror of her violation. She also does not spare us any details in the range of emotions that she experienced in the years that followed, from down-right terror and the need to be with someone at all times to a (seemingly) inability to forgive her rapist. It’s all there, poured out in Hidden Joy, for us to read.

Wendy covers the gamut of what takes place after an event like this. The chapters of her story include, “Why Did God Allow This?”, “Treasures in the Darkness”, Learning Forgiveness”, and Surrendering Your Strongholds”, just to name a few.

One of this beams of light that shines so clearly throughout the entire book is Wendy’s immersion into the Word of God and it’s truths as well as a desperate crying out for Him and His presence in her life. This is what helped unlock the chains to the prison that the rape built around her heart.

Hidden Joy cannot be read all at once. Instead, because of the amount of Scripture that Wendy gives in each of her chapters, it must be read a chapter at a time to be fully taken in. This is not a book to be read in one sitting but instead, is a book that must be read slowly, spaced out with pondering and meditating between readings.

Wendy’s purpose in sharing her story is more than just for us to read. Her purpose is to point us to the God who healed her - the same God that she once wondered if she could trust because of what He allowed in her life. Hidden Joy is not a book for entertainment purposes. It is a book for healing purposes. Wendy digs deep into her story – deeper than some survivors may be willing to go – yet to a depth that all survivors have to go to eventually find their healing.

Melissa J. CarswellMelissa J. Carswell: Melissa is a Board Certified Christian Counselor. However, due to the appearance of a little bundle of Miracle in the past year, the counseling practice is now on indefinite hold. Instead, Melissa has entered the world of freelance writing from home. She is currently one of the content writers for TotallyHer.com (to be launched in September of 2008). Melissa has a passion for mentoring teen girls and young women and does so whenever possible. Her heart longing, along with her husband, is to use her education and credentials someday to have a home full of abandoned, abused, and terminally ill childen. They are still waiting for God's hand to unfold that particular chapter of their lives. When Melissa isn't changing diapers, doing laundry, cooking meals, mentoring the afore-mentioned young women, tending to her garden, being her husband's biggest fan, and soaking in every cuddly moment with her daughter, she reads and she writes. It is not unusual to see 2-3 books laying around the house at any given time and the hard drive to her computer houses several partially-written manuscripts to the secret dreamed-of-published books Melissa hopes for in the future. You can check out A Weak Rose here.