Size: 6 x 9
A Woman's Journey of Healing
Aimee Jo Martin
A book for both survivors and their loved ones, Peaceful Heart: A Woman's Journey of Healing chronicles one woman's experience coping with the trauma of a sexual attack. As a small-town teenager in the Midwest, seventeen-year-old Aimee Jo Martin was beaten and raped. Attempting to forget about the attack, she would be plagued with eating disorders, depression, rage, and distrust for the next fifteen years, despite her considerable professional accomplishments. Eventually, with the help of a licensed therapist who used EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a treatment often effective for trauma victims, the clouds finally began to part for Aimee Jo. The first book written on EMDR therapy from a patient's perspective, Peaceful Heart serves an audience that includes doctors, students, friends, family, and most importantly, the survivors.
Review: "...from the depths of despair to her ultimate recovery, [Martin] gives evidence to the extraordinary strength of the human spirit. [She] has the unique ability to connect with the reader and provide a comforting source of inspiration."
- Gail Azar, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Hypnotherapist
"[For] anyone who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of rape and its many manifestations...or to find greater peace for your own trauma, Peaceful Heart is a must-read. Martin displays great courage in writing her book and is a living testament to the power of EMDR in the recovery process. As a psychiatrist I will be recommending her book to all who suffer from trauma and those professionals who treat such patients."
- John M. Mike, M.D., author of Brilliant Babies, Powerful Adults: Awaken the Genius Within
"Aimee Jo will clearly contribute to others' healing and provide tremendous understanding to those who care about sexual assault survivors. Her courageous and remarkable journey to find and create her own 'Peaceful Heart' is one of empowerment, hope and healing."
- Sara McMillan, licensed counselor and advocate
Bio: AIMEE JO MARTIN currently lives and works as an attorney in Florida. A member of the Florida Bar Association and the American Bar Association, Martin also volunteers her time to the S.P.C.A. Peaceful Heart is her first book.