When author Annette McGivney sought to find healing from her own childhood history with family violence, she found these non-profit organizations and books helpful. These resources offer an understanding of how to treat trauma, as well as how to heal the spiritual and emotional wounds of domestic violence and neglect:

EMDR International Association: Links to therapists and information on the proven PTSD treatment protocol called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy: www.emdria.org.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: A resource for parents, educators, judges and others who are helping children cope with the effects of domestic violence and neglect:http://www.nctsnet.org/.

The Trauma Center at JRI: This is the organization run by psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. Its website offers extensive resources in terms of research articles and treatment options: www.traumacenter.org.

Trauma Incident Reduction: Resources on alternative PTSD treatments, including research articles and therapists: www.healing-arts.org.

Chodron, Pema, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1997.

Finley, James, Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 2004.

Hanh, Tich Nhat, Finding Our True Home: Living in the Pure Land Here and Now. Berkeley: Parallax Press, 2003.

Harjo, Joy, Crazy Brave: A Memoir. New York: W.W. Norton, 2013.

Tolle, Eckhart, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. New York: Plume/Penguin, 2005.

Williamson, Marianne, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles. New York: Harper Collins, 1992.

Other Helpful Resources


Help support the non-profit Healing Lands Project, which provides clinically supported wilderness trips for children who have lost a parent to domestic violence homicide.



"Birth in the Pure Land is an event that takes place while we are still living in this life. A student asked a teacher, 'A bird freed from the cage, what does he eat?' The teacher replies, “You come through the cage yourself, then I will tell you.” 
— D.T. Suzuki

I Am Pure Land

Pure Land is a Buddhist tradition most commonly practiced in Japan and China that looks to a celestial realm, a "western paradise," where one can be reborn after death and escape endless suffering on Earth. For anyone who has experienced family violence, the suffering can last a lifetime. Pure Land, in the context of Annette McGivney's book and this organization, is about transcending that suffering. By connecting with nature and a supportive community, Pure Land is possible. 

Become part of the community of I Am Pure Land. This organization is intended to pick up where Annette McGivney's book, Pure Land, leaves off in terms of helping people find healing. Contact us with questions. And sign up for our newsletter and e-mail list so you can stay abreast of upcoming book talks and outdoor retreats. 

The Healing Lands Project is seeking to raise $21,504 to fund a June 2020 trip on the San Juan River, Utah.. This amount covers the outfitting cost for 12 children in the NAU Family Violence Institute's Arizona Child and Adolescent Survivor Initiative (ACASI). The funds will also facilitate travel of the youths from all across the state to the trip drop-off site in Flagstaff, Ariz.

All donated funds go directly to the Healing Lands Project account that is managed by our non-profit partner Grand Canyon Youth..