A Handbook for Counseling Children and Youth in Crisis The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed. – Psalm 34:18 (NLT) Of the 2.2 billion children in the world, 1.5 billion-two-thirds-are children at risk or in crisis. They are precious children who have been subjected to the traumatic experiences of neglect, abuse, abandonment and exploitation. Such trauma inflicts physical, emotional and spiritual wounds that, unaddressed, leave scars that last a lifetime. Healing their emotional pains can be more difficult than healing their physical wounds. In fact, long-term emotional wounding often prevents children from fulfilling their God-created purpose and destroys their ability to have meaningful and healthy relationships, even with the Savior. With its practical and biblically-centered instruction on counseling children and youth in crisis, Healing for Hurting Hearts equips leaders to guide the children they serve through the healing process in order to help them achieve lives that are more abundant. Reclaiming physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wholeness and, ultimately, hope for the future is within reach for these deeply wounded children. Above all, the strategies and methods outlined in Healing for Hurting Hearts are imbued with faith in the Healer who mends broken hearts.