Another Book Signing in Chicago

 Book Signing and Talk about Enfolded in Silence/ A Story in Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma in Childhood

On Sunday, July 20th at Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park IL at 4PM, author Barbara Hughes will give a slide show and talk about her book about child sexual abuse. This program is recommended for anyone who has experienced sexual abuse and for those who work with abuse survivors. It may also be helpful for those concerned with this topic. The program is not for children. For more information

The book and slideshow contain Ms. Hughes original paintings which tell her story of abuse and healing. She will speak about the issue as she shows the slides. She will also talk about tools that helped her heal. There will be time for questions.

Barbara Hughes is an artist, teacher and writer whose work is centered in the connection between art, spirituality and healing.  She leads art workshops and retreats for abuse survivors and is co-facilitator of a support group for survivors of child sexual abuse. She has exhibited her figurative sculpture and paintings in a variety of venues throughout the counrty. Her Cathedral Nativity is the official creche of the Washington National Cathedral. It is her belief that art is a powerful tool for healing inside ourselves and in the World.

Some praise for Enfolded in Silence:
"Barbara Hughes' breathtaking art takes the viewer down into the raw depths of trauma and upwards by grace to experience with her a journey of incarnational redemption. The juxtaposition of art and words in this book is itself holy ground that the reader/viewer is graciously allowed to enter and share. Highly recommended for anyone who has experienced abuse at the level of personal desecration, seeks spiritual healing, and/or works with others who are taking this soul-searching path"  Isabel Anders, author of Becoming Flame.

"Barbara Hughes takes the oldest story in the world of sexual abuse and gives it new life with grace and beauty. Enfolded in Silence is a memoir that professes with bold colors and words that healing is possible for all. Her images and words evoke feelings in us that we have forgotten we hold. The book is a tragic story that becomes a vision of how love heals. It is an inspiring testimony to Barbara's unwavering courage and talent."  The Reverend Becca Stevens, Founder of Thistle Farms and the Magdalene Program.

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