From the Back Cover
"Setting the Captives Free' should be required reading in every seminary! Ron Clark's knowledge on the dynamics of domestic violence, including the power and control issues surrounding the cycle of abuse is essential for clergy and Christian Counselors alike. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about how they might better assist victims of domestic violence in the faith community."
--Patricia Riddle Gaddis,MA
Director & Founder of The Family Peace Project
Author of Battered But Not Broken: Help for Abused Wives and their Church Families and Dangerous Dating: Helping Young Women Say No To Abuse.
"Every few years a book comes along which opens the eyes of the church to a critical spiritual need in the world and the alarming gap in our theology which has closed our eyes to that need. "Setting the Captives Free" is one of those books. Just as Barna's books have done concerning the lost, just as Sider's books have done concerning poverty, so Ron's book does concerning domestic abuse. Ron opens the church's eyes to the dark world of domestic abuse victims and the gap in our theology which has kept us blind to their needs. After reading the book, I feel to my knees in repentance for not leading our church to minister to these victims. Ron gave me the tools and the theology to begin talking to our congregation about these needs."
--Dr. Chris Altrock, Minister, Highland Street Church of Christ, Memphis, TN
Author The Cross: Saved by the Shame of It All and Preaching to Pluralists
"This is a groundbreaking book that is well worth reading. It really grasps the issues of abuse and provides practical, spiritual answers to anyone who
has been impacted directly, or indirectly."
--Bettie Williams-Watson, Founder, Executive Director of Multi-Communities
(M.I.C.), Seattle, WA.
About the Author
Ron Clark is the preaching minister and lead church planter for the Agape Church of Christ in Portland, OR. Ron teaches adjunct at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, and has his doctorate in ministry from Harding University Graduate School of Religion in Memphis. He has authored numerous articles and chapters in theology and abuse, ministry, as well as Greek and Hebrew studies journals and publications. His books include Setting the Captives Free, Emerging Elders, and the triology Freeing the Oppressed, The Better Way, and Am I Sleeping With the Enemy
. He referees high school wrestling and loves the outdoors. He has served on the Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force, Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans, and local domestic abuse committees. He and his wife Lori work together at Agape to address abuse, homelessness, sex trafficking, and ministry in their city. They have been married since 1987 and have three sons.