Break the Cycle

Non-Fiction - Self Help
216 Pages
Reviewed on 03/11/2012
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Author Biography

Break the Cycle is a 2014 selection for The United Methodist Women's Reading Program.

Tracy Deitz is a trained advocate with EmpowerHOUSE in Fredericksburg, VA, which is an accredited program with the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.

The author has a master's degree in education and a postgraduate license to teach English.

For resources about domestic violence or to schedule a speaking engagement with Deitz, visit her website at

Listen to a radio show for ideas to heal from domestic violence with WHUR 96.3 at

Deitz also is the author of Employed by God: Benefits Packaged With Faith, which placed silver in Readers Favorite 2012 Christian Nonfiction Category.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sylvia Heslin for Readers' Favorite

"Break The Cycle" by Tracy Deitz provides a wealth of knowledge and is a toolbox full of resources for battered women in an abusive relationship, and for women who have had the strength and the courage to leave an abusive relationship. From the first pages of the book to the very last page, "Break The Cycle" shows examples of what an abusive relationship is and offers helpful advice, tips, and words of comfort from related Bible portions. And even if the reader isn’t religious or is of a different faith, "Break The Cycle" offers words of wisdom that anyone can relate to. Tracy Deitz's book provides examples on how victims of abuse can face adversity head on and some useful steps that can help readers ultimately reach success and be free of their abuser and captor.

I found the book to be profound, very helpful as well as very thought provoking. I really appreciated how the author described in minute details Lydia's abusive ex, the marriage that soon followed, the proceeding downward spiral into the abyss and then Lydia's emergence out of the darkness and finally into the light. I found the study questions and the list of resources at the end of each chapter also to be very helpful and encouraging. I also liked the cycle of abuse wheel diagram and the twenty warning signs of an abusive relationship. Some parts of "Break The Cycle: Healing From An Abusive Relationship" made me cry and brought back feelings of terror of my own twenty-year abusive relationship. I really wished that I could have read this book while going though my own tunnel of darkness and despair. I found that the story she shared could have easily been written by me. I applaud author Tracy Deitz for sharing this story with readers.