The Calloused Soul: Uncovering the Real woman Behind the Hardened Heart
By: Evelyn Watkins
Destiny Image Publisher, Inc., P. O. box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257
978-0768403534, $ 11.99, 2013, 126 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Healing That Leads to Wholeness
Evelyn Watkins knows the reality of pain. Within the first two pages she engages the reader with an analogy using the process of developing a callus. She goes on to ask a series of probing questions which encourage an in depth honest self-examination which leads to the recognition and reality of a calloused heart.
Evelyn, the sixth child in a family of nine, describes the turning point in her life; brought on by verbal abuse, physical pain, and emotional trauma. Her story is told in vivid word pictures that create unimaginable descriptions of physical punishment and the sting of emotional trauma she experienced as a young child, adolescent, and into early adulthood.
Although the book is written expressly for women anyone reading Evelyn’s story will resonate with all readers; bringing to mind similar incidents and experiences from their personal experiences or those of friends or family members.
The Calloused Soul: Uncovering the Real woman Behind the Hardened Heart is written with a balance of personal stories of the pain and scars of abusive experiences, disappointing relationships, and unfulfilled dreams. Watkins provides the reader with help to heal theses wounds and scars, using practical steps to be taken and stories of the beauty of grace relationships. These are reinforced with positive examples from the scriptures, and an invitation to embrace the truth of stepping out in faith ready to experience the freedom to love again with an open uncallused heart.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.