Treasure in the Ashes by Sue Nicewander & Maria Brookins

Shepherd Press




Treasure in the Ashes is an interactive workbook that gently leads readers on a biblical journey through the grueling questions and doubt, emotional turmoil, and relational fallout that follow sexual abuse.

This book encourages honest and thorough Christ-centered discipleship through the aftermath of sexual abuse, addressing hard questions and painful issues that are feared and often denied by the Christian community. People using this resource will…

  • Learn to push against shame by giving voice to their stories in a safe setting;
  • Address doubts and questions they harbor about God, and learn to consider Scripture’s rich, bold worldview on the subject;
  • Apply the gospel of Jesus Christ and learn the importance of His character and grace-filled sacrifice to them personally;
  • Be introduced to a biblical self-image, and challenged to gain hope by defining themselves and their purpose in Christ;
  • Learn how to apply the gospel to their relationships with four basic biblical principles;
  • Learn to embrace their story as part of the larger story of redemption and reach out to others with the hope of Jesus.


Working through the heartache and pain of childhood sexual abuse is both deeply distressing and bewildering. How can we navigate the turbulent waters between defining ourselves by our abuse or pretending that it doesn’t really matter? Is there a better way? …This workbook makes it very clear that while there are no easy, pat answers that will assuage the heart of the abuse victim, there are lasting and true ones that will certainly help. I’m thankful for this resource. I’m sure you will be, too.
—Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, author of Counsel from the Cross and numerous other books

Sexual abuse is horrifying, painful, destructive, and difficult. Addressing sexual abuse in one’s life or in the life of another can also be horrifying, painful, and difficult and, if not handled well, can add to the destruction that has already taken place. Thankfully Treasure in the Ashes handles this delicate issue with sensitivity without shying away from the harsh realities one must face in the aftermath of sexual abuse. …This is a guidebook, a workbook, an applied theology book, and a source of hope and healing all rolled into one.
—Curtis W. Solomon, Director: The Biblical Counseling Coalition

Sue and Maria have written a comprehensive manual for helping victims of this horrible crime. Sue’s years of counseling and Maria’s personal experience provide a wonderful balance of biblical truth and compassion for the victim. This book will be an excellent and necessary addition to those offering soul care to broken and devastated victims of sexual abuse.
—Julie Ganschow, MABC, Certified Biblical Counselor

This book addresses a very sensitive subject with compassion and clarity. Those who have suffered sexual abuse will realize that these ladies understand their struggles both through their own personal experiences and through those whom they have counseled. The hardest questions are addressed with powerful, God-centered answers.
—Jim Newheiser, Pastor, Director: The Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship


Sue Nicewander, MABC, ACBC, BCC, has been counseling since 1994. She is founder and training coordinator of Biblical Counseling Ministries in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, and serves on the Council Board of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. Sue has her MA in counseling from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, and is author of Building a Church Counseling Ministry Without Killing the Pastor and Help! I Feel Ashamed, and articles in the Journal of Biblical Counseling and Baptist Bulletin. Sue and her late husband Jim were married for 43 years. The Nicewander family includes two beautiful married daughters and six delightful grandchildren.

Maria Brookins has a BS in Biblical Studies/Counseling from Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa. She and her husband, Corey, have been serving God together in ministry since 2004. They enjoy God’s gift of a vibrant and full life with four fabulous boys and two crazy dogs.