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Hope for the Dark Places of the Heart Caused by Sexual Abuse

Contact: Mary Schulze Michener, 763-458-8587

BIG LAKE, Minn., Sept. 23, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- According to RAINN, every two minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. Two-thirds of assaults are committed by someone the victim knows. Fifty-four percent of sexual assaults are not reported to the police. Ninety-seven percent of rapists never spend a day in jail! With all this harm being perpetrated, mostly against girls and women, who pays the price for this violence? The victims, who must struggle with feelings of dirtiness, unworthiness, and hopelessness. For them, the dark places of their hearts can haunt them for decades or even the rest of their lives.

During a long prayer walk, while on a leadership retreat, author Mary Michener had a profound experience with God. He spoke to her heart, "Heal My people; write My book." So, the idea for Clean Your Inner House was born. She wrote it to help heal the emotional scars that sexual abuse causes by sharing her own story of restoration from abuse. One reader, Karen, shares, "Through Clean Your Inner House, I have been able to open up my heart to God's incredible love and forgiveness. I can set aside the paralyzing fear and the feelings of hopelessness."

Besides her own personal journey from abuse to freedom and restoration, Michener has years of experience working with women who were victims of sexual abuse and violence. She is also a trained researcher and educator who is dedicated to bringing to light God's desire to restore the hearts of His children. Kathy A. Weckwerth, Founder & Executive Director of Best Life Ministries endorses her work stating, "Mary's genuine love and concern for the healing process of the everyday woman, is inspiring. As an author and speaker, Mary assures each woman that you can overcome your past and experience peace through Jesus Christ."

Mary speaks regularly at churches, women's groups, and women's conferences. She blogs weekly encouragement at www.marymichener.com. According to her, "Readers who use the concepts I share in Clean Your Inner House will strengthen their relationship with God, restore relationships within their lives, and have a sense of wholeness and purpose within themselves. They will see God's desire to restore their hearts wholly and completely!"

Clean Your Inner House, by Mary Schulze Michener, Ed.D, 144 pages, PB, $12.99, ISBN: 978-158169-4741, Published by Gazelle Press christian-publishing.net (2013), for publisher info: jeff@evergreen777.com. Distributed by Ingram, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.