Abuse is one of the saddest, most devastating things a child (or adult) can encounter. Much is written about healing, and there are many wonderful counselors that help wounded children.
The booklet The story that was changed was written to help restore a child's sense of worth. It should preferably be introduced to the child after counseling has been done and some healing has taken place.
Below is the content of the booklet and the link to download it:
Sarah lived a happy life. Her book was full of colorful memories, for many things that had already happened in her life. Although there had been some ups and downs, the book made her happy. It had become part of her. Sarah was still young, and so her book had only a few chapters.
Her imagination ran wild as she thought things that would make her story exciting and beautiful.
One day, as she sat with her book, it suddenly became dark. Something wasn’t right and Sarah was afraid. She tried to cover the book because it was the most precious thing she had.
But when the darkness had left, there was a terrible mess on the page she’d been working on.
For a few moments, Sarah sat there wide-eyed, unable to move. Her heart pounded in her chest. She quickly closed the book.
Perhaps it had just been a bad dream. But as she opened the book again, there it was.
Frightened and confused, Sarah wondered what had happened and why her page looked like that.
She blankly stared at her book and thought of tearing the page out. But then she realized that the pages were numbered; and having a missing page would make her book incomplete.
As Sarah’s jumbled thoughts started to settle, she felt ashamed. She had always tried to keep her book clean and beautiful. Now there was a blotchy page.
So Sarah decided to pretend that nothing had happened: that the page wasn’t there. No one needed to know about it. The next day she’d be able to start a new page, and life would carry on.
But that night, when her mom came to say good night, she asked Sarah how her book was coming along, for she’d noticed that something wasn’t right.
Sarah was afraid of showing her the page. What would her mom say? Yet, the bad feeling that was filling her heart had to come out. Sarah took a deep breath. As she did, courage welled up from inside her, and she told her mom.
Sarah’s mom hugged her and held her for a long time. With tears in her eyes, she told Sarah how sorry she was for what had happened.
As time passed, Sarah tried to forget about the page. But somehow the book often fell open on the blotchy page. Sarah became angry and she didn’t like the book anymore. She tried her best to keep to herself so she wouldn’t say hurtful things to her mom and to others. What made her angry was that it was her book, and no one had the right to ruin it!
Then one day, someone told Sarah that God loves her book and that he would help her finish her story. It would have her name as well as God’s name on the front cover. He was even keeping a special place for it on his heavenly bookshelf.
What Sarah heard gave her hope. From that day on, she thought about her life differently, as if God were writing the story with her. He would often put beautiful thoughts in her mind, and she gave them life.
She knew that God was very pleased with her story and she hoped that her book would help others see themselves in the beautiful light of his love.
He heals the brokenhearted
and bandages their wounds.
Here is the link to download the booklet: My Lifebook
- 2 sheets are required, printed back-to-back.
- With a duplexing printer, choose the option 'Print on both sides of paper' (print double-sided).
- For printers printing only on one side, first select to print page 1. Then turn the printed page over, place into the feed tray, and select to print page 2. Repeat, as above, for pages 3 and 4. (Note: printer configurations differ.)
- Cut the 2 sheets in half to separate the top pages from the bottom ones. Sort the pages into the correct order; staple the booklet, and fold. Trim the edges for a neater look.