Christopher Gooden’s Releasing the Guards is a testimony of healing from early childhood sexual abuse. His extraordinary courage in revealing his battles with rage and guilt provide the reader with a vivid series of snapshots following one man’s pursuit of healing and wholeness. Gooden’s story begins on the night, at the age of nine, when he put a stop to the attacks, and progresses to the present, which finds him an accomplished educator and author ministering healing and courage to others who are fighting the same battle against which he already has achieved victory.
A Clinical Social Worker employed by the Wake County Public School System, Christopher J. Gooden attended North Carolina State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice. His post graduate work was completed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a Masters of Social Work degree with a clinical concentration.
A writer of various styles of poetry, Mr. Gooden has authored a collection entitled Looking In the Mirror, a compilation of cultural poetry addressing the social issues facing African Americans from slavery to the twentieth century. His work has been displayed at the African American Cultural Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina and The Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, North Carolina. Mr. Gooden is the author of a self-published book of romantic poetry entitled Loves’ Shadows and also writes for a local greeting card company.
Mr. Gooden attends Watts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. A member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, he enjoys golfing, bowling, movies, and writing, and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.