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17 Stories For Healing After Emotional Abuse

While the memory of abuse stays with you forever, learning about it might give you another perspective.

Emotional abuse is in some ways a very difficult type of abuse to endure. There might few pieces of physical evidence, and it’s often that victims doubt their traumatic experiences.

These 17 books capture the struggles and the likely hurdles you will face when moving on after abuse. If you’re still in an abusive relationship without the power to move out, these books are extremely valuable for instilling self-care into your every day.

#1 Writing and Madness in a Time of Terror by Afarin Majidi

Writing and Madness in a Time of Terror by Afarin Majidi
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Eve Stein from N/A.

This memoir portrays how gaslighting works in emotionally abusive relationships and how the victim shrinks over time. It’s a very realistic look at how survivors are often serial survivors, especially in a culture that praises sadistic men. The emotional amnesia survivors suffer from is what makes this book resonate and linger. To an undiscerning reader, it may seem repetitive (dating the same man, different body over again) yet the repetition begs the question, Can a victim ever prevent herself from walking into an abusive relationship if that’s all she’s known?

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#2 It Me? Making Sense of Your Confusing Marriage by Natalie Hoffman

It Me? Making Sense of Your Confusing Marriage by Natalie Hoffman
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Rachel Harden from N/A.

This book is a comprehensive breakdown of what abuse looks like and the extra complications that arise with being a Christian and trying to get help from the faith community. It’s written clearly and conversationally with eye-opening revelations on nearly every page.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#3 Lolita Paperback by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita Paperback by Vladimir Nabokov
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Arthur Ruth from Memphis Maids.

This is a tragic story about a pederast that kidnaps a little girl. This is how he used every emotion to manipulate this girl into doing things that she didn’t want to do. A must-read, Nabokov is a genius that society should put on a pedestal.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#4 Gone Girl Paperback by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl Paperback by Gillian Flynn
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Arthur Ruth from Memphis Maids.

The movie made a lot of money because Fincher saw the potential of the book, this is a powerful story on how the antagonist ends up dominating every aspect of everything in everyone’s lives without even been present. Terrific story.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#5 Emotional Abuse by Angel Greene

Emotional Abuse by Angel Greene
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Arthur Ruth from Memphis Maids.

This is not a novel but more of a guide on how to overcome emotional abuse if you are suffering from it. This book covers from the before, during and after an abusive partner/boss. You name it. If you feel a hint of emotional abuse you should read this.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#6 Whole Again by Jackson Mackensie

Whole Again by Jackson Mackensie
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Stefanie Lesser from Hope & Love Radio.

This book gives guidance on topics such as PTSD, abuse, codependency and more. Additionally, it helps anyone who has survived a toxic relationship and emotional abuse by helping release the old wounds to further one’s healing in becoming whole again. Essentially the book hopes to help readers find love in themselves and in others again after traumatic and abusive situations.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#7 Daring to Love by T.N.Mitchell

Daring to Love by T.N.Mitchell
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Patrice Samara from Wordeee.

Daring to Love, is a sobering, no holds barred journey about confronting the insecurities and fears that hold sway over intimacy. Freeing oneself from emotional baggage sometimes means unmasking from layers upon layers of protective armor, gathered through life’s journey, to temper debilitation pain. Author T. N. Mitchell shares how she conquered her fears, faced her past head-on and dared to fight for the love she deserved. An honest, soul-bearing, stark and heart-breaking memoir. In Daring to Love you will learn how to love from a position of strength rather than from a position of weakness.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#8 Stop Walking on Eggshells by Paul T. Mason

Stop Walking on Eggshells by Paul T. Mason
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Carrie Mead from Curiosity Life Coaching.

This book very clearly describes what it is like to be both in an abusive relationship and what it is like to be the abuser living with Borderline Personality Disorder. Although this book addresses Borderline Personality Disorder specifically, some characteristics of this disorder may be present in many unhealthy and abusive relationships. The book also gives very practical tips to the reader to diffuse arguments and improve unhealthy relationships. I recommend this book regularly to my clients.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#9 Co-Dependent No More by Melody Beattie

Co-Dependent No More by Melody Beattie
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Carrie Mead from Curiosity Life Coaching.

This book delineates what a co-dependent relationship is and how to look out for the signs that you are unknowingly in a co-dependent relationship. Co-depedency often leads to unhealthy and emotionally (if not physically) abusive relationships. The book offers the reader exercises at the end of each chapter to assess, evaluate and explore themselves and their relationships. I recommend this book regularly to my clients.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#10 Connect by Dawn Burnett

Connect by Dawn Burnett
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Dawn Burnett from A New Dawn Natural Solutions, Inc.

Connect How To Love And Accept Yourself After Divorce take readers on a behind the scenes journey of how 9 women endured emotional abuse in their marriages and gained courage to exit, leaving behind their toxic relationship. They all gained the strength to follow their dreams by giving themselves permission to work on their inner being. Today they are all thriving and they supply a fool proof plan for readers so they too can become strong women!

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#11 Healing from Hidden Abuse by Shannon Thomas LCSW

Healing from Hidden Abuse by Shannon Thomas LCSW
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Melanie Musson from AutoInsuranceEZ.

This book guides the reader through the six stages of recovery from emotional abuse. There is a section for journaling in the back of the book so that as the reader travels through the stages of recovery, they can complete journaling exercises to personalize the steps and deepen the recovery.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#12 Red Flags of An Abuser & How to Get Out by Ce Anderson

Red Flags of An Abuser & How to Get Out by Ce Anderson
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Ce Anderson from Ce Consulting.

This short read is power-packed with vivid examples of narcisstic tricks and red-flags! Licensed therapist and abuse recovery expert Ce Anderson pulls out all the stops to help victims disentangle and get to safety.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#13 Why Does He Do That? by Lundy Bancroft

Why Does He Do That? by Lundy Bancroft
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Mary, J. Gibson from DatingXP.

In this sensational bestseller, Lundy Bancroft applies his experience as a counselor for abusive men about the way abusers think to support women understand when they are being controlled or depreciated in relationships and to discover means to achieve freedom.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#14 Codependent No More by Melody Beattie

Codependent No More by Melody Beattie
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Mary, J. Gibson from DatingXP.

Is someone else’s dilemma your dilemma? If like countless others, you’ve wasted your own life in the tragedy of attending to someone else’s, you might be codependent — and you might discover yourself in this book.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#15 Boundaries by Drs. Henry Cloud

Boundaries by Drs. Henry Cloud
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Mary, J. Gibson from DatingXP.

If you’ve ever questioned: Can I set limits and still be a loving person? Unwrapping the 10 rules of boundaries, Drs. John Townsend and Henry Cloud deliver you biblically founded solutions to such difficult questions

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#16 Power by Shahida Arabi

Power by Shahida Arabi
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Mary, J. Gibson from DatingXP.

Pathological mind games, gaslighting or projection are the manipulative methods survivors of dangerous narcissists are regrettably all too accustomed with. Such survivors live through a silent war zone, dealing with long-drawn cycles of devaluation. In this book, readers are able to get some perception from Shahida’s thought pieces on such abuse.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#17 Psychopath Free by Jackson MacKenzie

Psychopath Free by Jackson MacKenzie
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Mary, J. Gibson from DatingXP.

Have you ever been involved with a psychopath? Even if you did, chances are, you wouldn’t know. Psychopaths are tricky charmers and expert manipulators, to the end where you begin to believe that the most outrageous behaviors as common. This book is the first example for survivors composed by a survivor, extending hope for flourishing and healing after psychopathic abuse.

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Contributors to this article
Eve Stein from N/A

Rachel Harden from N/A

Arthur Ruth from Memphis Maids

Stefanie Lesser from Hope & Love Radio

Patrice Samara from Wordeee

Carrie Mead from Curiosity Life Coaching

Dawn Burnett from A New Dawn Natural Solutions, Inc

Melanie Musson from AutoInsuranceEZ

Ce Anderson from Ce Consulting

Mary, J. Gibson from DatingXP

Written by Zak Parker

Journalist, writer, musician, professional procrastinator. I'll add more here later.

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