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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606084836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606084830
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,669,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Are men to be strong, tough, and raging? Or compassionate, empathetic, and caring? Ron Clark takes you through biblical and cultural history, providing a thought provoking case for what real manhood is. This book will definitely challenge you to think through whatever paradigms you may have instead of simply accepting the status quo."
--Eric and Jennifer Garcia
Co-founders of the Association of Marriage and Family Ministries

"Ron Clark makes a strong, religious case for the strength in gentleness and humility, and adds an urgently needed voice to the call for compassion in a world that too often feels cold and distant."
--Patrick J. Lemmon
Co-founder and former Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape

"Ron Clark is one of the leading voices among male clergy in the struggle to end men's violence against women and children. This book contains all of the qualities of courageous honesty, wisdom, and humility that make him such an effective educator and leader. Women and men---nside and outside of Christian communities--will find great insight and compassionate teaching in these pages."
--Jackson Katz
author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help

About the Author

Ron Clark is the preaching minister and lead church planter for the Agape Church of Christ in Portland, OR. Ron teaches adjunct at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, and has his doctorate in ministry from Harding University Graduate School of Religion in Memphis. He has authored numerous articles and chapters in theology and abuse, ministry, as well as Greek and Hebrew studies journals and publications. His books include Setting the Captives Free, Emerging Elders, and the triology Freeing the Oppressed, The Better Way, and Am I Sleeping With the Enemy. He referees high school wrestling and loves the outdoors. He has served on the Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force, Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans, and local domestic abuse committees. He and his wife Lori work together at Agape to address abuse, homelessness, sex trafficking, and ministry in their city. They have been married since 1987 and have three sons.

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Ron Clark has been in ministry for over 25 years. On Easter 2007 he and his wife Lori led a new church plant in downtown Portland, the Agape Church of Christ, committed to addressing social justice and empowering the oppressed in the name of Jesus. The church has grown from 15 to over 100 and work in Portland with the homeless, addiction and abuse recovery, human and sex trafficking agencies, as well as university students and other community agencies. Agape has also launched a new campus in Gresham, OR, (Agape Rockwood Campus) and has partnered with AS IS Church, in Milwaukie, OR, to launch their new community. Agape's vision is to begin 40 churches by 2020.

Ron has his Doctor of Ministry from Harding Graduate School in Memphis, TN. He is a member of local domestic violence councils and the Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force. He leads the clergy training for Community Against Domestic Violence and is also a faculty instructor and adviser for D.Min. students at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. He is the author of the newly released The God of Second Chances: Finding Hope in the Prophets of Exile and also Setting the Captives Free, Emerging Elders, numerous articles on abuse, theology, and Hebrew/Greek studies, and the trilogy Freeing the Oppressed, The Better Way: The Church of Agape in Emerging Corinth, and Freeing the Oppressed. He also co-leads a committee on abuse and the church for the Association of Marriage and Family Ministries. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion.

Ron and Lori Clark have been married since 1987. They have 3 sons Nathan, Hunter, and Caleb.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Young on February 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
Ron Clark is a humble, patient, thoughtful and caring person who has devoted his life to the mission of service through his ministry at Agape Church of Christ.

Am I Sleeping with the Enemy seamlessly weaves personal/experiential, mythological, theoretical, and theological approaches to provide us a thoroughly grounded understanding of masculinity and femininity in the service of Christian faith.

Clark is erudite when he needs to be, examining the original intent and textual / cultural context of key Biblical concepts as they exist in the original Hebrew. That said, the book is an incredibly quick and easy read. I'm willing to bet most people will learn something profound about themselves, and/or about the history of Christianity, and/or about gender politics in the context of faith.

For me, the biggest ah ha moment came with the discussion of the relationship between faith, religion and culture: The original insurgence of Christianity was radical activism against the oppressive existence of the Roman regime, a large component of which was a form of stoic masculinity that will sound very familiar to many readers. Through his teachings, Jesus provided a radical alternative to the culture of the day in order to free people from oppression.

In this context, Clark sees an intertwined crisis of masculinity and crisis of church in modern times: with grown male attendance at church services on a rapid decline, many strategies to "reach out" to these errant men involve the "masculinization" of Jesus and faith. To Clark, this is an example of culture infiltrating and co-opting faith. Instead, faith must be an agent of change to better ourselves and our culture.
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