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"Thank you Dr. Clark for writing such a thoroughly readable work. Your book sounds the clarion call that many of us working in the field of domestic violence have hoped and prayed the church would hear. It clearly states the problem and the need facing our country, our communities, and our churches. More importantly, it provides a message of hope and a way for the church to touch and be touched by their communities . . . This is a rare gem of a Christian work that I can feel comfortable giving to clergy, victims, perpetrators, or anyone wanting to know how to address family violence."
--Patricia Warford, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist

"Ron Clark has provided a clear, concise, spiritually-informed, well-researched argument calling Christians to speak out against domestic abuse and to respond compassionately to women, men, and children impacted by its devastating consequences. Every pastor and every seminary student should read Freeing the Oppressed. Clark interweaves his pastoral experience with biblical insights and knowledge of the growing literature in domestic violence. The result: a prophetic call to social action."
--Nancy Nason-Clark
Professor of Sociology
University of New Brunswick

"Freeing the Oppressed is a wonderful resource for any reader who wishes to learn more about domestic abuse and Christian communities. Beginning with a chapter outlining the dynamics of domestic abuse, Ron Clark provides a chapter-by-chapter journey toward hope and healing for victim/survivors and perpetrators alike and toward greater understanding for those who seek to assist them. Interspersing his personal experiences as pastor, counselor, and educator within each chapter helps to frame the plethora of interrelated issues in a manner that makes them clear and accessible--and interesting--to all readers."
--Barbara Fisher-Townsend
Co-Editor of Beyond Abuse in the Christian Church: Raising Voices for Change

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606084844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606084847
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 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: #2,287,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheila on February 2, 2011
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At our church we are using this book as a text for a class entitled "A Christian Response to Domestic Violence." The author is very knowledgeable about the issue and provides much insight as to how to deal with this plague in our Christian communities.
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