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No Place for Abuse: Biblical & Practical Resources to Counteract Domestic Violence Paperback – November 12, 2010
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"The authors of No Place for Abuse demonstrate that the problem of domestic violence in the church is more pervasive than most Christians would like to believe. Nancy Nason-Clark, a trained sociologist, and Catherine Clark Kroeger, a biblical scholar, confront the issue with both objectivity and compassion. With their no-nonsense approach, Kroeger and Nason-Clark take time at the outset to document the problem of abuse worldwide and call the Church to combat this evil no matter where it occurs. They suggest that concealment of such sin in the church does more damage than facing the truth. A major strength of the book is its practical side. The authors give practical tools to pastors and other counselors for interviewing abuse victims and perpetrators and offer alternatives victims may consider instead of continuing to endure a threatening environment. Another valuable contribution the authors make is their caution against the misrepresentation of Scripture in ways that fail to protect abuse victims. This thought-provoking book has the potential to open the eyes of many believers who don't understand the prevalence of violence in many evangelical homes. It will be particularly useful to pastors and counselors, but will offer guidance to any Christian who has encountered such situations." (Christian Retailing, May 7, 2001)
About the Author
Nancy Nason-Clark is professor of sociology at University of New Brunswick, Canada. Her books include No Place for Abuse, Refuge from Abuse and The Battered Wife: How Christians Confront Family Violence. She is the creator of the RAVE (Religion and Violence e-Learning) Project website.
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If you have been looking for a book that speaks on abuse and what God says about it, look no further. This is an excellent book, a resource for every library. This book is a helpful tool for an abused woman who finds herself in an abusive relationship but feels trapped due to traditional teachings on marriage and family. What does God say about it? It will show her how clearly the Lord is vehemently opposed to abuse and what she can do about it. This book is invaluable in the hands of leaders in the church and lay people who find themselves face to face with abuse, whether it be a friend or relative or church member. You can be instrumental in ministering hope and healing for those involved in such relationships. I also recommend with five stars "The Verbal Abusive Relationship: how to recognize it and how to respond" by Patricia Evans. Another fantastic book that gives an inside window view of the day in the life of a marriage suffering with abuse and real helps for those hurting.
This book is not specifically written for abused women. Instead, it is directed toward Christian pastors and laypeople willing to increase their awareness of, and provide support to, abuse victims around the world. The global prevalence of abuse and violence against females is surveyed throughout the text, along with a concluding chapter on our "global responsibility" to suffering women.
In its scope, a reader will learn 59% of female homicides occur by the hand of an intimate partner (in Zimbabwe); that 18% of women seek emergency care because of domestic violence (in Papua New Guinea); and that (in Cambodia) 50% of women report sustained injuries due to spousal abuse. In addition, the authors address female circumcision, foot-binding, dowries, and other important global issues.
A useful resource, this book provides insight into the dynamics of abuse: cycles of violence, why women remain in dangerous environments, the personal characteristics of the abusive man, etc. Useful tools for Christian counselors and pastors are specified, for instance, "Questions to Ask Yourself When Responding to an Abused Woman," and checklists such as "How Caring is My Congregation" and "Unhealthy [Church] Responses [to Abused Women]," are interspersed within the chapters.
One's heart and stomach will turn while reading these pages, endeavoring to maintain the sentiment of Philippians 4:8 "...whatever is...noble,...right,...pure,...lovely,...admirable,...excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things" while still addressing this troublesome issue.Read more ›
Christians can easily hide abuse that happens within the home. We can easily put on our "Sunday face" when we're around our church family, but at home, it's a different story. If you work in any ministry within the church, I would recommend that you read this book. What I like about this book is that it also has an international focus - it's not just focused on the U.S. So, even if you're a missionary in another country, this is a good read for you too. This will help you to understand the problem and cycle of spousal abuse and how you can help those in the midst of it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was very helpful to learn how the church can help an individual in a domestic violence situation. Read morePublished 14 months ago by L. Syring
Book is wonderful BUT Kindle edition is outdated. Amazon needs to address this as the latest edition has major additions!Published 15 months ago by Alexander 162
This is a very important book in both the Evangelical Christian community and the community of those dealing with general domestic violence. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Caroline Baisley, MSW
I chose this rating because, for the average person looking for help and what to do in an abusive relationship, this is not the book. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Diane Stevens
Still reading, helpful, women need to come together, to encourage, support, up-lift each other, we are mother, sister, wives, daughter, co-worker, we make the family stand firm,... Read morePublished on July 4, 2013 by Highly Favor Upon Women
This is an excellent book. I would recommend it to all women but especially to Christian women. As Christian women, we need to acknowledge that domestic violence happens in our... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by btrimble
No Place for Abuse: Biblical & Practical Resources to Counteract Domestic Violence explains the biblical argument condemning violence and links these to circumstances of domestic... Read morePublished on February 17, 2011 by Midwest Book Review
No Place For Abuse: Biblical And Practical Resources To Counteract Domestic Violence by Catherine Clark Kroeger and Nancy Nason-Clark an eye-opening read. Read morePublished on November 23, 2010 by Hayley Kolb