Julia W. Burns manages to combine engagement with the trauma and clarity of issue and longed for response for the healing and help of other. She echoes Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who once wrote that we need to listen with the ears of Christ to gain the right to speak the word of God.
At a time when child abuse and its horrific effects are much in the news, Songs for the Forgotten- A Psychiatrist’s True Record resonates, illuminates, and deeply moves us with its sharp particulars. Many of these wide-ranging narratives find you where you live. The stories in her memoir read us as we read them; they locate the kind of experience we are responsive to, find certain areas of educated feeling, and touch upon our blind spots in a way that opens our eyes. There is redemptive love and a hope for healing.
Songs for the Forgotten- A Psychiatrist’s True Record will be a wake-up call to the world about the problem no one wants to talk about, the abuse of children. The purpose of this book is to shock our culture with the truth. To shock people into understanding not only how prevalent child abuse is, but how dangerous to pretend it’s not happening. Songs for the Forgotten- A Psychiatrist’s True Record will open the eyes of the world to the dry rot that is destroying our children’s safety.
Julia Burns shares her extensive experience with trauma in a way that helps the reader believe, make sense of, and engage with trauma stories that they hear. By including her personal story, songwriting, and some of the traumatic stories that she has heard, Burns creates readable flow that leaves room for rest and healing. Her book would be especially helpful for medical and therapeutic professionals, but is also accessible to laypersons who have encountered trauma either personally or among companions.