Behind every sex offender, there is a family. Family members are secondary victims. As they struggle to understand and seek a way to move forward, there's a new resource that may offer the answers they seek, in "What Now? Understanding The Sexual Offender In Your Family" a book written by area counselor and minister Gary M. Duke.
The 118-page book was published by Elm Hill: A Division of Harper-Collins Christian Publishing in 2019. It's designed for family members affected by a loved one's sexual offenses, not for sex offenders.
"I prefer to see this book as a survival guide for secondary victims," Duke said. "I wrote it for wives and children and grandchildren of offenders. I wrote it for those who are grasping for answers and hope."
The book, according to Duke, was a decade in the making. "I really had a passion to write this book. It's designed to help family members understand the issue and to focus on both forgiveness and self-care."
Duke works as a counselor with Bright Futures Professional Counseling. He travels statewide to provide counseling for both sex offenders and their families. Duke offers private and online counseling and has been an ordained Assemblies of God minister for thirty-three years.
Alissa Hendricks, Treatment Court Administrator for the 40th Judicial Circuit (which includes Newton and McDonald Counties in Southwest Missouri) wrote a forward for the book. She wrote, "With his vast expertise and empathetic approach, Gary leads a successful counseling career and continues to expand his vision for recovery for all who need healing."
Some of the chapters in "What Now?" focus on topics that include treatment, societal myths, probation and parole, relapse prevention, forgiveness and self-care. "What Now?" is Duke's second publication.
His previous published book, "You Can Make It: Twelve Keys To Victorious Faith" deals with hope during life's trials.
Duke and his Gina, his wife of 32 years, have made their home in Noel, MO for more than two decades. Duke owns Bright Future Professional Counseling and facilitates sex offender groups across the State of Missouri weekly. He also currently serves as an elder at his home church. He received his Masters degree in counseling from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and is a Nationally Certified Counselor.
Both books are available in print editions and as e-books. They can be purchased on Barnes and Noble or Amazon.com or through Duke's website at https://www.garymduke.com.
To contact Gary for counseling, book purchase, or to arrange a speaking engagement may also reach him through the website. Excerpts from both Duke's books can also be found and read at: