Elizabeth Melendez Fisher

We are truly honored to welcome Elizabeth Melendez Fisher to the Book Stall to discuss her important new book, Groomed.

About the Book: A staggering one out of three women in America was a victim of sexual abuse at some point in her childhood. No matter how many years it's been, if that's your story, those scars are probably still with you. But even if that's not part of your story, this book is for you. Women today have been groomed for a lot more than just sex.

Using her own story of abuse, family tragedy, and rebellion, Elizabeth Melendez Fisher guides readers toward an understanding that grooming is oftentimes subtle, but it's always life-altering. In Groomed Fisher incorporates the language and lessons gained over the past decade working with sex trafficking victims and her work in ministry and counseling before that. She draws out five specific ways that women have been groomed, from physical appearance to spirituality to finances, and shows how those manipulative messages have affected the way we see our worth and how they've oftentimes stifled and limited us. From there Fisher offers readers a way to overcome their past, starting with the all-important but rarely explored idea of a selah, or a time of rest and reflection, and exploring active ways to forgive and move forward to a new level of freedom.

No one has to be defined by her past. No one has to live for her groomers. It's time to take a look back at where we came from to escape the messages of our past and take control of our future.

About the Author: Elizabeth Melendez Fisher is the CEO and cofounder of Selah Freedom and the Selah Way Foundation, which exist to prevent sexual abuse, exploitation, and sex trafficking of children. Her leadership has brought freedom to thousands of American children and young adults who have been rescued from the sex trade, and she has helped educate millions on the topics of exploitation and sex trafficking. She speaks and trains internationally and is passionate about protecting our youth from the secrets of abuse that so many are forced to keep. Fisher's family is her true pride and joy. She has three beautiful children and lives with her husband in Sarasota, Florida.

Event date: 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 6:30pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093