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  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: SeedSowers (December 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940232693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940232693
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Caz on October 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
Gene Edwards is a master with the pen, and he has the heart of a shepherd to boot. This man's anointed writings have done much to aide in the healing of the spirit of many.
I've read most of his works, but this book, 'Letters to a Devastated Christian,' is his tour-de-force. It's a short read, but it is packed with a rich and manifold density. His spare writing style is showcased in this piece; there is a tremendous motherlode of wisdom and discernment packed into few words.
The outlay of the book is engaging... letters from a mentor to a crushed young man. The mentor doesn't try to sugar-coat the authoritarian abuses the young man has endured but instead uses them as stepping-stones to teach about issues such as suffering, humility and grace. The wells of wisdom come through as a breeze, refreshing, not as a jarring assault to an already-wounded soul. Edwards uses the Master to teach and show the higher way, the better way.
If you've ever been tormented at the hands of fellow believers then this book is for you. There's a healing balm in its words. It won't magically remove the pain inflicted upon you, nor give you rose-coloured perceptions regarding faith and fellowship, but it will help you understand that all things can be turned to good (hard as that is to believe)... and that the hardest things bring the biggest benefit to the maturing and deepening of one's faith. It will set you on the healing path and encourage you to take the higher, better road in life.
Edwards is a shepherd/prophet speaking to the church at large - admonition and exhortation for one and all is seen in his writings. Believers would do well to pay heed to his words. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who've gone through painful things in life, have been wounded deeply by fellow believers, or who just simply find life hard to live. I'm sure you'll treasure this title as much as I do.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 1999
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Gene Edwards knows firsthand what it's like to try to cope with being in an authoritarian/abusive church and he uses the story of Saul and David most effectively to demonstrate his points. Overall, this book can offer comfort and understanding to those who have experienced being in such a group. However, I do disagree with Mr. Edwards' ultimate advice to deal with abusive/authoritarian ministries in a "hands-off" manner, as this approach provides no reality check (i.e., "accountability") and only serves to enable those who are abusing positions of authority to continue to do so. Who's to say who God might use to deal with an abusive person or situation. My own experience has been that speaking out against the abusive practices of the allegedly authoritarian/abusive "Christian" group I was involved with has helped so many others to feel understood, to feel they are not alone, and has also helped current members of that group to see another side of the story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 1999
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Gene Edwards is a wonderful author. He is a student of the Word of God,loves God and His people enough to share what God has put on his heart. I have read the Tale of Three Kings, Letters to a Devastated Christian and am currently reading The Prisoner in the Third Cell. If you have any questions at all of what kind of authority you are under, whether it be a man in submission to God's authority or under his own this book will open your eyes of understanding. It is small and once you pick it up, if you are caught in an authoritarian movement, you will not put it down until you have read the whole book. It has been another confirmation and help to my family and many close to us who were under a great deal of bondage. Everything shared in his writings is scripturally accurate and I encourage you to search the scriptures to line it up with the Holy Word of God. As I shared it was ANOTHER confirmation, meaning that we had 2 or 3, possibly more. I encourage you in whatever decision you make after reading the book, you take everything to prayer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1998
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I was in a fundamentalist "heavy shepherding" movement on and off for twenty years. I was first offered "A Tale of Three Kings" also by Gene Edwards. Then I read "Letters" and was "hitting out" against the advice. But I read it over a few times, sometimes waking up in the middle of the night to recheck passages. He knows what he's talking about. It helped me a great deal through a tough time. There are no easy answers and it's hard to think for yourself after being under a form of mind control. This book helped me to straighten some thoughts out. I recommend this for anyone wondering what happened to them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Annon on February 5, 2006
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I wrote that this book was not available due to an email received by amazon. We were upset as this letter came AFTER we ordered it! But, we were reassured by customer service over the phone the book is in stock. Well, we recieved our order, thank you Amazon for coming through!! The Book is a wonderful read for anyone who has been hurt by the church or the people attending them........and who hasn't at one time or another? The damage that can be left behind from these authority figures can last a lifetime and ruin what could be a wonderful, close, personal relationship with Christ. If you are in this place and want something that speaks to the common man or woman in pain from these situations, Gene Edwards has many good books. Letters to a Devastated Christian being one of them. They are a fast read and touch the heart.
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