"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
Catherine Kroeger is adjunct professor of classical and ministry studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. With James Beck, she edited Women, Abuse and the Bible
and Healing the Hurting,
and with Mary J. Evans she edited The IVP Women's Bible Commentary
and The Women's Study Bible
(Oxford University Press). She is a coauthor (with Nancy Nason-Clark) of No Place for Abuse
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.