With humble beginnings in Kingston, Jamaica, Denise Buchanan grew up in the Christian faith with a deep reverence for the Catholic Church. This all shattered when at age seventeen she was sexually molested by a priest.
This molestation resulted in an unwanted pregnancy which was aborted on orders from the Church. Carrying the burden of this secret for over thirty years, Denise sought out many spiritual traditions and academic pursuits in the hope of finding answers.
In the book, Sins of the Fathers, Denise recounts her courageous journey through the guilt, shame and betrayal and ultimately delivers a message of hope, healing and spiritual awakening
By Mary Mallory – Tolucan Times
Painful issues can imprison victims in destructive patterns, unable to let go and fully embrace dreams and happiness. Denise Buchanan similarly found herself stuck after suffering dark tragedies as a young woman. She finds a way to free herself of her painful past, and expressively recounts it in her new book, Sins of the Fathers: A True Story of Rape and Deception in the Catholic Church … and Spiritual Renewal. Buchanan’s book reveals her courageous journey past shame, guilt, and betrayal, offering a positive message of spiritual healing and hope.
In her book, Buchanan describes being sexually molested by a priest at the age of 17, and her slow journey towards healing and spiritual renewal. Her book gives voice to the many abused girls and young women molested by priests who suffer in silence.
Buchanan felt it was time to let go of her secrets after hearing the growing numbers of stories about children abused by Catholic priests. Her anger forced her to speak out, to give help and hope to victims looking for peace and release. Over the year and a half it took her to write, Buchanan found her anger giving way to joy and happiness, with the process serving as marvelous therapy. She learned to forgive and move on.
Years of religious study helped Buchanan realize that life is about learning and letting go of secrets to liberate oneself from destructive emotions and experiences. Forgiving oneself allows healing, closure, and a more expansive life. Buchanan states that, “Through my experience, I learned to use whatever showed up in my life as a lesson and an opportunity to awaken to my spiritual beauty. I gained confidence and wisdom to truly live a life of love.”
Sins of the Fathers can be purchased at Barnes and Noble, barnesandnoble.com, Amazon, eBay, and foyles.co.uk. To contribute to discussions on living a large and expansive life after rape and abortion, visit sinsofthefathers.org and livethelove.com.