Endorsements

Harrowing to read at times, but also very healing – filled with instruction and encouragement. Even in the darkest times of our lives, God never lets go.

Author Francine Rivers

It’s been an honor and privilege to walk along Leigh for this part of her healing journey. I greatly admire her courage and trust in God to keep moving forward even when the path wasn’t clear or when it involved unpacking painful memories buried oh so long ago. Her bravery to face her fears with her new tools has been inspiring. Leigh is now a Christ-powered woman with a powerful message of hope and healing. Her desire to share her learnings is a gift to be treasured for those who are hurting.

Dr. Michele Novotni

In excruciating honesty, Leigh Mackenzie exposes the deception of perfectionism in the body of Christ that threatens to rob the American church of the authentic, inexhaustible power of the Gospel to transform our broken souls into the wholeness Jesus lives to give. This work is profound.

Eulalia King
Award Winning Christan Songwriter, Lifeway Bible Study Contributor

As someone who works with traumatized children and their families, Leigh’s bravery in honestly sharing the painful journey toward healing will serve as a beacon to many grappling with traumatic histories. Equally important, her clear testimony that a deep and abiding faith doesn’t necessarily make the journey easy, but it does make it possible, is a message that so many need to hear. As promised in Philippians 4:13, we CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Leigh is living proof of that, and her book is a gift to all those struggling to find a path forward, as well as to those who love and support them on the journey.

Dr. Debbie Reed, Ph.D.
President/CEO, Chaddock

Churches and Christians are called to spiritual warfare… battles for the souls of lost and broken children who desperately need to discover who they truly are in Christ.  We are all broken at some level, needing to be fought for and then to fight for others.  Leigh Mackenzie chronicles her brokenness and the battles she fought by herself and alongside others in “She Seems So Normal”.

Let Leigh help you fight as she pulls back the veil on her struggles, revealing the small and great victories that can be won through Christ and His people.

Jerry Harris
Publisher, Christian Standard Media; Teaching Pastor, The Crossing Church

She Seems So Normal is a story of death and resurrection. With enormous courage, candor and grace, Leigh Mackenzie offers readers a rare first-person account of life in the unquenchable hell of Child Sexual Abuse and her struggle to escape its fiery pit. Her powerful words show us how Jesus—the Word of self-sacrificing Love made flesh through Scripture and compassionate Spirit-led family, friends, and therapists—provides a path toward healing.

This book is a “must-read” for anyone who is suffering from the soul-searing torment of child sexual abuse and those who accompany them.

Martha Brune Rapp, D.Min.
Roman Catholic lay minister, certified Spiritual Director, and author of Conversations with Benjamin: A Spirituality of Preaching that Heals

In a world where survivors are often silenced, Leigh Mackenzie bravely stands up to proclaim that her voice will be heard. Her raw vulnerability shines a light on the truth that every story matters, even when those stories feel too messy or painful to share. Revealing the mysteries behind true healing, She Seems so Normal offers all survivors hope for a better tomorrow.

Ciji Wagner
Founder, Louder Than Silence

As a psychologist who specializes in therapy for traumatized children and adults, I found Leigh’s descriptions of the lessons she learned so sound and practical that I will be recommending her book to my clients as a companion for my therapy work. The Bible verses she shares caused me to learn and see things in Scripture I had not recognized before now. This was refreshing in itself.

I cannot say enough about the psychological, emotional and spiritual credibility of this book. Please read it! Read it for yourself or for the person you love who has been through traumatic experiences that wounded them. Read it to educate yourself if you have not experienced trauma. Just read it!

Cara R. Johnson, MSW, Psy.D.
Missouri Licensed Psychologist, Certificate in ClinicalNeuropsychology, Trained in various therapies for trauma: PCIT, TI-Expressive Arts Therapies, & Trauma-Focused CBT

With extreme honesty, clarity, and humility, She Seems So Normal is profoundly relatable.

Leigh vulnerably ends the narrative by wrapping up God’s healing power and restoration in a ribbon of love. There is RESOLUTION! Childhood demons were addressed openly, honestly, and vanquished!!!! I actually thought to myself – “Praise God! This book has an ENDING!” So many of these books I see nowadays just leave me hanging- and I think “what was the point of all those pages that lead to nothing useful……

So many need this.

What a complete and total honest ending that wrapped up God’s power in healing and restoration with his ribbon of love. There was RESOLUTION! The childhood demons were addressed openly and honestly and vanquished!!!! I actually thought to myself – “Praise God! This book has an ENDING!” So many of these books I see nowadays just leave me hanging- and I think “what was the point of all those pages that lead to nothing useful……

Karen Dennis
Pastor’s Wife, leader/Mentor for reGeneration
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