(Isstories Editorial):- London, Jun 4, 2018 (Issuewire.com) – As a small boy Matt Carey loved to ride his bike, play football with friends and to laugh. He loved life and was always smiling.
When he was just eight years old, he was targeted by a group of predatory paedophiles who subjected him to 18-months of horrific sexual abuse.He was too ashamed and scared to tell anyone what had happened…not his parents, friends or family.
In his new book, A Small Boy Smiling, Matt tells a remarkable story of survival and overcoming the trauma, guilt and shame of childhood sexual abuse, teenage alcoholism, sexual anorexia, and post traumatic stress disorder.His lifelong search for peace, love and healing culminates in personal spiritual awakening and a desire to help other survivors of sexual abuse to discover their own healing.
Matts search for healing inspired him to explore a variety of healing pathwayswhichincluded conventional trauma therapies for PTSD in the UK; to Spain where he enjoyed an exhilarating month long pilgrimage along the 500-mile Camino to Santiago de Compostela; to Brazil where he experienced profound healing in the presence of world-renowned healer John of God; and on numerous visits to India where he has studied spiritual philosophy, meditated in ashrams, and trekked the Himalayas.
However he credits the initial catalyst for his healing to be Alcoholics Anonymous. Matt went to his first AA meeting at age 20 and has now been sober for over 25 years.
Matt says, I wrote this book for me, for my healing. Now the book is finished, my sincere hope is that other survivors of trauma and addiction will be encouraged to find the help that they deserve, and that they, too, might feel peace.
The book also includes a chapter written by Matts trauma therapist Sarah Paton Briggs, calledSoulful Space: Reflections On My Therapy Work With Matt.
Matt invited Sarah to pull back the curtain of client/therapist confidentiality and write a chapter about his therapy sessions with her from the therapists perspective. The chapter offers a professional perspective to his journey of healing, therapy options, and practical advice for survivors of sexual abuse who may be considering professional therapy.
This is a remarkable book from a remarkable man,and is a timely and necessary addition to the #nomore movement from a male perspective a must-read for anyone who is fighting the wounds left from their young lives or who is trying to walk a spiritual path towards healing.
Jennifer Parker, Ph.D.
A spiritual odyssey; from the ashes of despair, hopelessness and crippling shame, rises a truly courageous account of resilience and inner strength as a small boy tries to make sense of it all. A storyof great wisdom, embracing forgiveness and compassion, reminding us all of the miracle of being present and conscious.
A Small Boy Smilingis available to purchase as a paperback or e-book via: www.mattcareybooks.com
Notes for the editor
Matt has enjoyed working in the world of entertainment for over twenty years, as a theatre manager, organiser of several prestigious international festivals, and of large-scale community-based cultural projects supporting children and young people.He is 45 years old and lives in London. This is his first book.
More praise for A Small Boy Smiling
A powerful, compelling and brutally honest book about recovery from both child abuse and alcoholism. It’s, at times, undeniably harrowing but it is ultimately hugely uplifting and inspiring. It’s both a story of his spiritual journey and a wonderful self-help book for any survivors of abuse and addiction. Marcus Hoffman
Matt is a man who vibrates hope and love so strongly that he played a pivotal role in saving my life. His story hasto be told so as to inspire others to realise that there is always hope despite suffering extreme troubles and darkness.Anonymous
I have never read or heard anything like this.A Small Boy Smiling is a story of hope.I’d like to bring my two hands together and tip my head forward to the author of this book, written in the language of the heart.Anonymous
This account powerfully illustrates the challenges survivors face overcoming the chronic shame and traumatising affects of sustained childhood sexual abuse. And how recovery is hard work, takes a long time and is ultimately worthwhile. A brave account and an insightful read.Anonymous
Reading this book gives me the courage to reach out, now I know that we can heal and find peace…. we need to reach out more, it really helps yourself and others. We are all survivors.Miss Sharon Ashelford
Matthew’s book is a brutally honest tale of his experience being targeted by paedophiles as a young child and the life long consequences resulting from this experience. It’s not just a description of his abuse – far more powerfully he talks openly and honestly about the tools and techniques he has trialled over the years to face his shame and fear, to ensure he can and does live a fully engaged, open and fulfilling life.Sarah W
Matt Carey is available for radio, online and print media interviews.Matt can be contacted via:
Trauma therapist Sarah Paton Briggs isalsoavailable for interview and can be contacted via:
Editor Tom Bartlett isalsoavailable for interview and can be contacted via: Tom_bartlett58@hotmail.com
Matt Carey Books
London, England, UK