Liberation Is Here: Women Uncovering Hope in a Broken World

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About the Author
Nikole Lim is a speaker, educator, and consultant on leveraging dignity through the restorative art of storytelling. She is the founder and international director of Freely In Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to equipping survivors and advocates to lead in ending sexual violence through their rewritten stories. Nikole graduated with a degree in film production from Loyola Marymount University and is currently pursuing a masters in global leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.

"It's rare when a storyteller uses multiple mediums to communicate a thought or message, but that is exactly what Nikole Lim does in Liberation Is Here! Using powerful words and visual imagery, she becomes a storyteller of transformation--both hers and others--to make us see faith in new ways. Liberation isn't for some; it's for all. Liberation isn't far away; it's here and now."

--Bianca Juarez Olthoff, writer, pastor, and author of Play with Fire

"What a vulnerable, deep, and profound book of hope and hidden beauty! Through the lens of an artist, in powerful and beautiful images, Nikole Lim's Liberation Is Here stewards the stories of women who have survived abuse and sexual violence. Heart-wrenching and full of trauma, the accounts of violations against women are not the end of the story. Rather, Lim walks the reader through a transformative journey of joy and profound pain in the quest for liberation from sexual violence and oppression. Liberation Is Here describes a mutual process of transformation and liberation where our individual freedom is bound up in the stories, pain, and the triumph of others' quests for redemption and healing. Lim describes how healing and transformation parallel the story of Jesus through joy and pain, death and rebirth. May all who read Liberation Is Here experience the binding power of our common humanity as we hold onto hope and seek mutual healing and justice."

--Mae Elise Cannon, author of Social Justice Handbook and Beyond Hashtag Activism, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace

"Liberation Is Here captivated me right from the start and left me feeling inspired and changed. Nikole's story and the stories of those she encounters in her journey stretch our minds and hearts, helping us to see possibility in our pain and realize truths that unite us and set us free. Join me in reading it again and again."

--Nicole Zasowski, marriage and family therapist, author of From Lost to Found

"In Liberation Is Here Nikole gives us a vivid and inspiring lens on what it's like to walk alongside those who are marginalized in their pursuit of liberation. These are stories of hope serving as evidence that healing happens when we are courageous enough to move beyond our comfort zones and do something that terrifies us in the beginning. Both compelling and convicting, the stories Nikole shares about serving with survivors of sexual violence not only allow a glimpse into the lives of these amazing young women but encourage us to look at ourselves and ask hard questions about our willingness to trust God amid what may appear to be impossible odds. Liberation Is Here is just that, powerful proofs through stories about what it looks like when people are willing to do the uncomfortable, hard work of healing. This is not just a book about what it takes to help heal others. As humbling experiences with the 'oppressed' expose our wounds, Nikole allows us to see what happens when we realize that we are also in need of healing."

--Romal Tune, author of Love Is an Inside Job: Getting Vulnerable with God

"Nikole Lim's journey is a reminder of the power of storytelling. It highlights critical elements, such as the importance of establishing a person's safety, the integrative function of narrating trauma in this safe environment, and the importance of meaning making and relationships in healing from trauma. I experienced a whole range of emotions--crying, laughing, cheering, anger--reading Liberation Is Here. This book helped me reprocess many personal and client experiences. Thank you for sharing your story, Nikole. This is a must-read for anyone working with survivors of trauma!"

--Lubi Kwendakwema Zulu, clinical psychologist

"Liberation Is Here is painfully and beautifully written. At various points while reading the book, I would clutch my shirt, gently moving my hands over the left side of my chest where my heart is . . . as if to reassure myself that although these stories might hurt, they are not only stories about pain. In some of the most harrowing stories, I was forced to permit a smile and appreciate the precious and sacred nature of what was being shared. This book is a reminder that the work of justice and healing is as much a personal and internal journey as it is a sociopolitical and external journey. Perhaps the greatest offering that Nikole and the Freely in Hope scholars give us is their commitment to telling the truth, even when it is does not look, sound, or feel good. The truth-telling in this book is not simply a matter of facts to be repeated but also of authority to be reclaimed, joy to be rediscovered, self-ownership to be exercised, and the kind of generosity of spirit that only healing healers can offer. It is a privilege to endorse this labor of love by Nikole Lim."

--Lovelyn Nwadeyi, social justice activist and strategist, South Africa

"Nikole Lim's Liberation Is Here is the story of three African women, all of them sexually assaulted as children, and their extraordinary journeys to survival, restoration, and leadership. Their unforgettable stories convey the appalling reality of near-total impunity enjoyed by men who rape children. Ms. Lim finds hope in the breathtaking courage of rape survivors whose suffering has compelled them to advocate on behalf of others."

--Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission

"Nikole Lim shares words, images, and stories that moved me to tears. However, they were tears of joy as I embraced these powerful narratives of resilience and hope. These amazing women show us that while it often feels so far from us, if we truly see the people around us, they are everyday reminders that Liberation Is Here."

--Jonathan "Pastah J" Brooks, Canaan Community Church, Chicago

"Liberation Is Here gives so much hope to all who question their ability to overcome adversity. Nikole Lim paints a picture of strength and God's overwhelming love for humankind. It is a testament of faith that transcends culture, economic status, and race. As women, each of us can see ourselves. I was captivated by each and every word and reminded of how resilient we truly are when we allow miracles to overtake us."

--Sha' Givens, author, minister, humanitarian