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 Songs for the Forgotten: A Psychiatrist’s Record of Truth is a memoir that combines pivotal moments from my Southern upbringing in the ‘70s with case histories accumulated through thirty-five years of treating psychiatric patients, particularly those drowning in the cultural epidemic of child abuse. This book tells their stories and mine as I struggled with God, sustaining my own trauma from years of listening. This book is my journal of rupture and return. The reader will follow the hard-won reconciliation of faith with the disturbing norms of the world today, where children are victimized without a champion. In telling a panoply of stories, including my own, I argue for the interconnectedness of humanity: when one child is beaten and raped, our humanity is violated and we are all responsible for working to undo that damage. If no one steps up to save children, to show them they are worth saving, the cycle will continue. Songs for the Forgotten has a strong practical component, as it offers information about trauma, healing, and how remembering and telling someone who believes you will bring hope and wholeness.

8 comments

  1. Julia- I cannot wait to read this and share its wisdom. Thankful for your work and offering of this memoir!

  2. Absolutely terrific description. Love the cover and of course you already know how I feel about your content. Thank you for everything you have done, as a person, as a Psychiatrist, a woman of faith and belief, an author And most of all as a warrior

  3. Thank you so much for your faith &! Confidence in those book!! Bestseller list here we come.

  4. “There is only one child in the world and the child’s name is All Children,
    There is only one Maker in the world and His children cover the earth and they are named All God’s Children.”( “Names” Carl Sandburg)

    Julia, the cover picture draws us to the child; your book calls us to listen, to really hear, to respond to this “cultural epidemic” individually and collectively. And so critical, it offers grace and hope to those abused— and to those who care for them. Thank you for sharing your life experiences to save others.

    There is no better time than now, during this Covid 19 pandemic, to remind us that we are all interconnected throughout the world— and that our actions matter!

  5. Julia, so proud of you for this project and looking forward to reading your book. Thank you for sharing freely so we all may learn and grow.

  6. Love the cover! I can’t wait to read the book. Thank you for all your hard work and for sharing so that we can be more understanding and kinder people.

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