Little Girl Lost
An abused childhood, drug addiction, and a brutal rape just weeks before her storybook wedding - these could have crippled Leisha's soul forever. But God's loving faithfulness never let her go. Leisha's story will give friends and caregivers insight and...
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An abused childhood, drug addiction, and a brutal rape just weeks before her storybook wedding - these could have crippled Leisha's soul forever. But God's loving faithfulness never let her go. Leisha's story will give friends and caregivers insight and encourage anyone who has suffered violence or trauma. 204 pages, from Monarch
Leisha Joseph enjoyed a happy childhood as the treasured only daughter of an upper-middle-class family with three brothers and doting parents. When she was eight years old, all this changed abruptly with the death of her father. The strain on her mother manifested itself in wild behavior: After trying to burn the house down and chasing Leisha with a butcher knife, she was taken to the state mental hospital. Following the death of her beloved grandparents, Leisha was left to the care of her mother, who was frequently in and out of mental hospitals, and brought home a string of boyfriends, some of whom preferred children and made their way to Leisha's bed. Although Leisha found God as a teenager, that comfort did not last long. She became disillusioned with Christianity and experimented with drugs until an overdose had her on her knees, promising to serve God all her life if he saved her. She was sober in an instant, and has kept her promise.^Just as Leisha had managed to turn her life around and was a finalist in the Miss Teen USA pageant, she suffered a violent rape at the hands of a serial sex offender. Yet God intervened once more, giving her the words that would save her life and would eventually cause her attacker to confess. Even when he escaped and came after her as he threatened to do, Leisha refused to let fear dominate her life. Although the events of her life are sensational, the deeper story lies in her relationship with God, and what she can teac
"All of my Bible heroes are survivors. I guess all of the people I have met in my life and I consider to be my heroes are survivors...This book is the story of a survivor. It is the story of a remarkable young woman who did not allow herself to be a victim but became a survivor. She did not look for social issues or society to blame but turned her violation and hurt into something positive, not only for her but for all of the people in her life. This is a story of God's love and grace and a lesson of life..."Little Girl Lost" is her story's title but the story of her life should be called 'Little Girl Triumphant.'"^--From the Foreword by Nicky Cruz ^The events of Leisha Joseph's life are sensational, but the deeper story lies in her relationship to God, and in what she can now teach others who suffer from the fear and hurt that result from violence and trauma. ^As the treasured only daughter of an upper-middle-class family, Leisha, as well as her brothers, enjoyed a happy chi
Our wedding was one month to the day away as I found myself clingingdesperately to Tom's strong arm in the backseat of an unmarked police caras we drove from parking lot to parking lot in search of my rapist'scar. I hadn't slept at all the night before. The sedative the doctor had givenme hadn't worked and my mind kept thrusting me into the middle of therape. Over and over again, I thanked God for saving my life. I marveled atGod's sheer power and faithfulness to be with me always. When words failedme, I prayed in my spirit knowing that God would understand my heart. Ibasked in His presence and tried to rest. Detective Brimmer's telephone call came early the next morning. "Because you were so clear-minded in your descriptions and gave us hislicense number, we think we've located him," he said. "If you're up to it,we'd like you to come down to the station." I had been stunned. I couldn't remember giving the police the licensenumber. Tom had driven me downtown to the old gray building and we were led tothe basement where Detective Brimmer and his partner, Detective Foster,were waiting. Detective Brimmer had to clear the wooden chairs ofnewspapers and files before Tom and I could sit down. On his desk was ahalf-empty family-size bottle of Pepto-Bismol. Its empty twin was lying ontop of crumpled papers that were stuffed in an overfilled wastebasket. "We think we've found the guy," Detective Brimmer said. "We're going todrive you by some locations and all we want you to do is look around forhis car. If you see it, just point it out to us, okay?" "Okay," I answered. We drove directly to the Bargain City parking lot that had beenblistering bright the day before, but was gray and dull on this cloudyday. This didn't feel like the Fourth of July. "No, I don't see anything like his car." We drove across the street to the Greenwood Mall parking lot, passing themovie theater where I'd seen many films as a kid and the dime store whereI'd parted with many a week's allowance. "No, I don't see anything." "Are you sure? Look again, be sure." "I'm sure." We drove several miles and pulled into the parking lot of a Hostess DayOld Bread store. My throat tightened as I recognized his car parked infront of the store. O my God, did that mean he was inside? "That's it," I said, my voice sounding much stronger than I felt. "I'msure. That is the car he drove away in." "All right, that's all we needed," Detective Brimmer said as he slowlydrove away. "You've done real well, Leisha." My stomach churned as Tom drove me home. I was relieved that the policehad found him so quickly, but I knew the days to come would bring a horrorof their own. Tom looked grim as he leaned over and kissed megood-bye. "Aren't you going to come in?" I asked. "No, I have something I have to do." I stood on the porch and watched him drive away without looking back. Tom drove directly to his house and walked in without a word. "Hello, Tommy, how did it go with the police?" Tom's mother asked. But hebrushed past her and walked to his bedroom, coming out just moments&
Nicky Cruz is the best-selling author of fourteen books, including the Christian classic, "Run Baby Run," Nicky is a minister and evangelist who has reached millions of people around the globe. Today he oversees Nicky Cruz Outreach, an international ministry to urban youth. The father of four daughters and grandfather of seven, he lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Gloria. Visit his website at www.nickycruz.org.