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Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse Paperback – April 27, 2008
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Dr. Tracy spends a great deal of the book showing hard research on the devastating effects of abuse. So many churchy people want to act like abuse can't happen in the church; Dr. Tracy was in the same boat until he found out that a fellow pastor in his church was beating his wife.
Also, each chapter is prefaced with a real-life personal story that illustrates the point that the chapter is making. Chapter topics include ideas like (ungodly) shame, denial, emotional deadness, and many of the other common results of abuse.
Practical issues like forgiveness and reconciliation are covered, but with much more care than most theologians exercise. For instance, when Luke 17:3 says, "If your brother sins against you rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him," doesn't that imply conditional forgiveness? Dr. Tracy parses this as "relational forgiveness," akin to reconciliation. That is, biblically, we aren't required to enter again into a close relationship with someone who hasn't turned from their abusive ways. How many times have you ever heard this? Rarely have I, but it's right there in the Bible. A different sort of forgiveness, according to Dr. Tracy, is unconditional, and that is simply giving up one's desire for vengance against the abuser.Read more ›
How about the early discovery of abuse, the breaking of the cycle of abuse in our society? To abuse: means to use wrongly, or improperly, or to misuse. Imagine if our society could identify abusive people, families, and institutions quickly based on key indicators? Imagine if the scandalous handling of the abusive priest situation in the Roman church had been handled according the tenets of Mending the Soul? Steve Tracy tells us why abuse is rampant, predictable, and most importantly, redeemable.
Written by a theologian with help from his counselor wife, Mending the Soul helps us to understand the effects of abuse including shame, powerlessness, deadness, and isolation. Steve Tracy lays out the healing path to face the brokenness, and to rebuild intimacy. Forgiveness is discussed including helpful and harmful models of forgiveness.
Start a group within your neighborhood, small group, or workgroup with this book. Or perhaps read it and recommend it to a friend of relative. If knowledge is power- this book is dynamite!
Scott Brewster, B.S. Finance, M.B.A., Ph.D. © Church Administration
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Breaking down the process of healing from abuse is very helpful. Tracy's explaining different types of forgiveness protects the victim from premature relational forgiveness and... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kindle Customerd has blessed him there
Very touching I recommend you attend a class with people you do not know, find a mending the soul facilitator. If there is a wait list, get on it. Worth it, every penny.Published 1 month ago by Brenda S.
This book was recommended by my daughters counselor. I bought one for myself. She came to be apart of our family as an older teen. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sharon
Loved this book. It is a great start to a trauma ministry in the church, but it is also a great place for the person from trauma to get help and learn to heal.Published 3 months ago by Terri Casebier
Powerful insight into the reality, impact and healing after abuse. Weaves Scripture and science together to create a transformational tool.Published 4 months ago by Dave Carr
This is an excellent book which describes abuse, the mentality of abusers, and how to heal from abuse. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Miranda
Great book. This is very helpful for trauma and abuse victims that want some perspective from the perspective of Christianity. Read morePublished 5 months ago by AZ/NY girl