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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Shawna Savage, author of Psycho Girl, shares her story of abuse. Her grandmother told her she did not need a man. Her advice was to get a job and support herself. Her mother lived in an abusive marriage and blamed herself. She labels herself as an Alpha Female, but I'm not sure I agree with that label. I see an Alpha Female as one who is aggressive, stands up for herself, does not let anyone abuse her. Yet, Shawna was abused. Her first husband John raped and beat her. She moved to Stone Mountain and met Dino. He stalked her for over a year and a half, raped her and broke her wrist. Next was Vinnie; he abused her repeatedly, but she'd had enough and went after him. The police took her to jail when they saw a large scratch on his cheek. More relationships and more abuse followed. Shawna Savage turned her life over to God. Through "positive spirituality," she has improved her life.
Shawna Savage is brutally honest in sharing her life with others. I admire Shawna and the way she has taken charge of her life. The first part of this small book focuses on her abusive relationships. The last part begins to share how her life changed once she turned to God. She includes a list of behaviors associated with sexual addiction. She also offers a list of things not to say when confronted by a man filled with rage. She discusses how Christians are desensitized to sin. We slowly let it seep in, accepting more and more over time.
Shawna Savage writes in a simple, easy to understand style. At times the reader will shed tears, and at times she will laugh. Savage has a unique way of telling a story and drawing the reader in. She manages to make light of what must have be a horrendous situation. Ms. Savage has made changes in her life, changes we should all make.