Today I am happy to present to readers Ms. Yvette Allen-Tatum and her groundbreaking book, I Didn’t Know: Identifying, Confronting, and Overcoming Child Sexual Abuse. As the Founder of Surrounded by Faith Ministries, Yvette has had the opportunity to touch and transform the lives of many women with the Word of God. This mighty Woman of God has a prophetic teaching anointing which has enabled her to cross many boundaries. As such, the Call of God on her life has broadened from transforming the lives of women to transforming LIVES with the Word of God. While she still holds a passion to train and equip women in the life study and application of the Bible, her ultimate goal is to strengthen families. To do so her platform is geared to men, women and children.
Tell us about yourself?
I am an Author, Teacher, Conference Host, Public Speaker, Encourager, Motivator, Ordained Minister of The Gospel, Radical for Christ, the list goes on… To date, I have authored two books Welcome to my Morning Glory and I Didn’t Know, taught numerous Bible Studies, have been a featured speaker at several conferences and hosted numerous ministry events; most notably The Throw Yo’ Hands Up Conferences sponsored by Surrounded By Faith Ministries.
What began as a mandate from God to train and equip women in the ways of the Lord so they would become like the Proverbs 31 woman in the Bible, has expanded to a platform of child advocacy. Actually, my spiritual focus has always been on the family unit – to receive and achieve spiritual wholeness. First, targeting women – to strengthen them as the nurturing forces they were created to be; and now giving a voice to the voiceless – our children.
Tell us about your book?
Wow, the short version is that the book is about child sexual abuse but more specifically, it’s about overcoming child sexual abuse.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
I just simply had/have the desire share my story, tell the truth and shame the devil.
What inspired you to write this book?
I wrote my book for several reasons:
- To expose the enemy (I believe this lessens his power)
- To overcome the guilt & shame by being able to confront it head on
- To encourage and educate others on how to identify, confront & overcome child sexual abuse
- To set the captives FREE
Did you have to do any special research for your book?
Yes, continual research; it seemed like it would never end. I also conducted personal interviews as part of my research.
What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book?
After submitting my first draft to my publisher, writing this book became challenging. It became challenging because she continually pushed me to the next level to make the book “more.” With each submission I received more instructions and direction, as to how to take the book to the next level. With each submission I thought and I hoped I was finished but “No!” In the end I am pleased with the end result because the book was no longer about me but about the victims.
What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading your book?
After reading my book, I hope the reader will be able to Identify, Confront and Overcome child sexual abuse if they are the victim or help someone else who is or has been a victim. Actually, this book is for more than just the victims. In a family, when one of us hurts all of us HURT!!
What’s next for you?
I’m open and available to wherever the Lord leads me. I personally desire for this to turn into a movement to:
• Overcome child sexual abuse
How can someone get a copy of the book?
My book can be purchased from Amazon.com (paperback or Kindle), Barnes and Noble or directly from my website: http://www.yvetteallentatum.com/#!products/c17pq
Where can visitors find you online?
Visitors can connect with me online:
- By visiting me at my personal website: http://www.yvetteallentatum.com
- On Facebook: http://facebook.com/yvette.tatum
- On Twitter: http://twitter.com/loosed03
About the Book
“I Didn’t Know” is for more than just an audience of one. If you look to your left, look to your right, or directly in the mirror, you will see or know someone who has been sexually abused… even if you look in the mirror, and the person is YOU! More than the tragedy of sexual abuse is the tragedy of the silence of sexual abuse. It must be talked about. Our stories have to be shared; someone’s life is literally depending upon YOU to BREAK THE IGNORANCE OF SILENCE! “I Didn’t Know” brings to the forefront the many hidden faces of child sexual abuse. The author, Yvette L. Allen-Tatum, shares not only her story, but the compelling testimonies of others–everyone from the actual victim, to the offender, to those who standby by in disbelief and allow these heinous crimes against our children to continue. Our voices have to be heard, our children must be free or freed to tell the TRUTH: that someone touched them. Who can they run to? Will it be you?
Paperback: 110 pages
Publisher: Kingdom Publishing Group, Inc. (March 15, 2013)