WINNER - 2016 Australian christian book of the year

Child, Arise! is the winner of the 2016 Australian Christian Book of the Year award.  Since the books release in 2015, it has had favourable reviews, and Jane has participated in several radio interviews including ABC Radio National, and Vision Media.

Radio Interviews

About the book


This practical handbook invites the reader to embark on a journey of healing by taking a guided walk through the Scriptures where they will learn to listen to their personal story narrated by a loving God. 

As this transforming journey unfolds, the reader will be amazed as they discover the presence of an all-loving and compassionate God who walks with them and extends a healing hand to them, empowering them to work through the effects and issues of sexual abuse. It is a practical handbook that also offers insight to spiritual and pastoral care workers accompanying survivors of sexual abuse, family and friends and other supporters.

Interwoven within the scriptural reflections is the story of the author’s own journey from trauma to healing. It is a powerful and moving narrative that serves as a model for other survivors.

Distinctive features of this book

  • The author writes as a survivor of abuse speaking to other survivors of abuse (particularly sexual abuse).
  • It is a practical handbook that invites the reader to participate by walking their own spiritual journey.
  • It acknowledges the deep spiritual wounds of survivors of abuse by dealing with the big existential questions that arise.
  • It deals with the distorted image of God that victims often cannot escape.
  • Even those who read the book and have not have been abused can walk this spiritual journey.
  • While focusing on the spiritual, it is also integrates the very real practical issues faced by survivors of abuse and those who support them.
  • It is written in a gentle and non-imposing manner.
  • It is a handbook that gently introduces the readers to a technique and step-by step-guide on how to encounter and listen to God through the Scriptures and how to experience the transforming power of Scripture at work in their life.
  • It reveals how holistic healing can be achieved through spirituality and shows how God works through the Scriptures and has the power to transform and integrate the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual effects of abuse.
  • It is a practical handbook that offers insight to spiritual and pastoral care workers accompanying survivors of sexual abuse and the technique of approaching the Scriptures may be used as a guide for survivor support groups attempting to respond to survivor’s spiritual needs.

About the author

Jane N. Dowling has spent twenty-two years as a consecrated member of an international Catholic missionary community facilitating retreats and providing guidance on how to pray with the Scriptures. As a survivor of sexual abuse, she experienced the transformative power of God’s word in her own healing journey.

Further witnessing this transformation in others prompted her to write this book. In late 2012, having taken leave from her community and ministry commitments for health reasons, she appeared before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

‘My decision to tell my story to the Royal Commission’, she says, ‘not only initiated a personal journey of deeper healing but also provided the raw material for God to work with and what I needed to begin writing this book.’


One of the most important books to have been written in a time of intense scrutiny and dark and disturbing exposure for the church. It is an account of personal courage and gracious spirit, and a story of remarkable faith. It is a book full of invitation, of possibility and of hope.”
— Rev Dr David Ranson Senior Lecturer, Sydney College of Divinity
I share a vision that no-one should journey in sorrow without hope. ‘Child, Arise!’ offers hope: it lifts the shame of child sexual abuse from ‘victims’ and presents practical encouragement for ways to access light, vitality and insight in the darkest of times, when suffering seems unending.”
— John Ellis, Lawyer and Survivor
An emerging capacity for reflection is integral to trauma recovery. ‘Child, Arise!’ uses biblical language to anchor reflection and yet its genesis in lived experience renders this book potentially useful even to those whose faith has been devastated by abuse by clergy.”
— Nicola Ellis, Lawyer / Psychotherapist
This spiritual handbook is welcome, constructive and unique. Here we have a broad range of specifically chosen, biblically based, powerful prayerful reflections enabling the survivor, of any age and circumstance, to tap into their spiritual selves, perhaps long muted.”
— Dr Jennifer Herrick, Sexual Abuse Survivor and Theological Scholar
This is a book by a victim of sexual abuse for other victims, someone who has spent countless hours meditating on the scriptures and applying them to her situation. It is an abundant source of consolation and inspiration, not just for victims but for the whole community.”
— Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, Author of For Christ’s Sake: End Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church … for Good (2013)


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