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Battered Into Submission: The Tragedy of Wife Abuse in the Christian Home 0th Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (November 27, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579101992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579101992
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Battered into Submission" blows away the myth that spousal abuse doesn't happen in Christian homes, or that it doesn't happen any more. Using statistical and anecdotal data, the authors reveal undeniably how spousal abuse is ubiquitous in the Christian landscape. They map the denominations and doctrinal groups in which a woman is most at risk of abuse.
Although the data relates to the 1970's the book remains relevant. Most importantly, it delineates how the most usual counselling received from Christian counsellers to women who have already suffered abuse, in fact tends to perpetuate the abusive situation. Pastors who believe "things have changed" would do well to measure their own performance against this analysis as a check up on whether they are unconscious contributors to perpetuating spousal abuse.
This book, or some other as unblinkingly willing to face the facts of pastoral complicity in spousal abuse, should be required reading for every Christian worker who purposes to provide pastoral care or counselling.
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Although it's been several years since I read this book, I do remember the insight it provided on an oft-quoted passage of scripture: Malachi 2:16. This passage, where God decrees that He hates divorce, has often been cited by many well-meaning Christians as a way of prohibiting divorce. Yet this book makes a strong case that there are situations beyond adultery that warrant divorce. While I do not remember the translation quoted, I do remember being startled by the complete set of verses: "I hate divorce, and I hate a man who clothes himself and his wife with violence."

The authors make a tremendous case for divorce in cases of abuse and abandonment. If memory serves correctly, they argue that abuse and abandonment in any area (emotional, physical, financial, etc.) violate and break the marriage vows.

I found this book extremely helpful when I was in an emotionally abusive marriage. My counselor at the time recommended it. Reading the authors' explanation shed a lot of light on my situation and ultimately helped me realize that how I was being treated was not God's plan for me.
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Read this book for a seminary class. I was really impressed. It looked at domestic abuse and gave responsible Christian answers. I would recommend this book to all pastors, theology students, and Christians alike. Excellent!
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I read this book ten years ago when I was in a "Christian" marriage.
The Alsdurfs provided the validation that I needed.
Their interpretation of Scripture is based on the scholarship of Catherine Clark Kroeger-- I have since collected many of her books.
I highly recommend their book to anyone who believes in loving their neighbor as themselves, as the Lord commanded.
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This book seeks to bring attention to the problem of wife abuse in Christian homes, and in my opinion it does an excellent job. This book covers all the topics that I would expect it to: why women stay, what kind of men abuse their wives, the involvement of evil in abuse/violence, the all-too-frequent attitude of blaming the victim, the relationship of wife abuse to wifely submission, the process of reconciliation, divorce as a valid option for many women in abuse situations, and so on.

Through this book I could relate to many of the stories I read, and I thought this book did a good job of portraying the problem of abuse in a Christian household. The authors did an excellent job of explaining how and why when a woman submits to the abuse of her husband, the abuse gets worse, not better. The authors didn't specifically draw this parallel, but I likened it to the fact that if one submits to evil, the evil will not improve and go away--it will instead take a stronger hold on your life. Unfortunately for many women, the natural tendency (and what they believe to be Biblical instruction) is to submit to their husband in the hope that this will please him and he will stop abusing. It simply doesn't work that way, and the best way to end abuse is to confront it, whether by calling the police or leaving.

I don't recall ever reading any other books that fully tackled the topic of abuse from a Christian perspective. I am so glad to have read this book because I've wanted literature on this topic for some time now. The most helpful thing I read in this book comes toward the end, when the authors suggest that to require a woman to stay in a dangerous marriage is to place the value of the marriage higher than the value of the person.
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