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Renewed: A 40-Day Devotional for Healing from Church Hurt and for Loving Well in Ministry Paperback – November 28, 2017
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"I absolutely love this book. Leigh is honest, candid, raw, and open. I don't know a pastor's wife anywhere who hasn't been where she's been. I also don't know many who are bold enough to express their thoughts and feelings the way Leigh has expressed them. I love most that when Leigh struggled with her faith, she chose to press in to God rather than run away. As a pastor's wife who's had to learn to love the church over the long haul, I am grateful for this book!"―Leighann McCoy, pastor's wife and author of Spiritual Warfare for Women, A Woman's Guide to Hearing God's Voice, and Taking Responsibility for the Choices We Make
"Being a pastor's wife has simultaneously been one of my greatest joys and my greatest struggles. When I've experienced hurts and heartaches, I haven't known what to do beyond turning to the Lord. That's why I'm grateful for Leigh Powers. In RENEWED, she offers us a knowing heart and a guiding hand as we seek the Lord's healing, something we all will need at some point in ministry."―Christine Hoover, author of The Church Planting Wife and Messy Beautiful Friendship
"As a pastor's wife, daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter, I related to every single word in Leigh's book. Someone in my family has experienced just about every worst-case scenario imaginable in ministry. But one of the most beautiful parts of being part of a family with well over 100 years of ministry experience is hearing the stories of restoration, of redemption, of reconciliation. Leigh's stories coupled with biblical truth offer all of us in ministry a tool for moving through the hard seasons and celebrating the hope we have in Christ. This book belongs on the bedside table of every pastor's wife."―Teri Lynne Underwood, writer, speaker, and author of Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They Need Most
"Being in ministry can be a joy, but it can also bring about pain and loneliness. Leigh Powers, a pastor's wife, shares from her heart with honesty and transparency about the struggles of being on a church staff. I found myself saying, 'Yes, I've felt and thought those exact things.' But Leigh doesn't just share about the struggles; she shares how to walk through those difficult times by being honest with God and allowing Him to heal the hurts that are inevitable in ministry. This is a must-have book for not only those in full-time ministry, but for every Christian."―Crickett Keeth, Director of Women's Ministry at First Evangelical Church, author of The Gift of Rest, and co-author of Sumatra with the Seven Churches
About the Author
LEIGH POWERS has been in full-time ministry for the past 15 years, and is a pastor's wife and devoted Bible student. Leigh's works have been published in MomSense, Just Between Us, Seek, Penned From the Heart, and at (in)courage.me. She has written over 100 Bible study lessons for publishers such as BaptistWay Press, Smyth & Helwys, and Union Gospel Press. She earned her MDiv at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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People are hurt and broken, and hurt and broken people hurt others sometimes. It's inevitable.
This books takes us thru all the emotions, and provides insight from Scripture.
Ministry is a privilege, but it can also be a painful experience. Unrealistic expectations, church conflict, forced resignations, and our own struggles with burnout, loneliness, and insecurity can make church feel more like a place of wounding than a place of healing. How can wounded leaders find the courage to reject bitterness and keep loving the church?
RENEWED is a forty-day devotional for women in ministry, ministry wives, and lay leaders who have been wounded by their congregations. You are not alone. God sees your pain. He knows your hurts. And he is waiting to bind up your broken heart. This forty-day journey into the healing love of Jesus will help you find the courage to stop hiding and start loving the church again.
My Review: Working in ministry can be hard, complex and difficult at times. Leigh has done an impressive job of putting in perspective what happens in ministry. Churches are built up of people and personalities; so there will be times of conflicts, difficult people and those who wish to oppose ideas in your ministry.
This book of devotions will help those in ministry learn to turn to God and His word for comfort and understanding. There are topics of lamenting, forgiveness, learning to lean on Him in rough times and just giving it all to Him.
This is a must-have book for anyone in ministry, especially for pastor's wives so they will know what they are going to be facing when they take on the role of Pastor's Wife and knowing that they aren't the only one experiencing those certain situations; it's comforting knowing that you aren't the only one.
This would make a lovely gift for any women in ministry, I have truly enjoyed this book and found it very useful in my life.
received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Reminding all women that they are not alone in their trials, this book (though intended for women in ministry leadership roles) is a powerful asset for all women who have dealt with hurts or heartache at the hand of others within the Christ body.
Laid out with beautiful progression to help you work your way from pain and anger into a place of gratitude and grace, I would highly recommend working your way through this devotional one day at a time, in the order set forth. However, after reading through its powerful messages, this is one you'll definitely want to keep on the shelf to be able to read a day here and there as new situations arise to bring up past or present sorrows that need addressing. With each day given appropriately clear titles, such as "Lord, I Feel Betrayed", it is easy to find help for so many common issues within your daily relationships with God, others, and yourself. 5/5 stars.
*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
It’s refreshing to announce that this is not another run of the mill devotional. You won’t find a short Scripture passage, a couple paragraph blurb and a quick prayer in this book. This devotional is truly focused on helping readers heal.
There is no denying that Leigh wrote this book from experience and with a specific mission in mind. She opens up about her experiences related to each days topic, encourages readers to engage in personal reflection, shares a targeted prayer and several questions for further contemplation…everyday!
This devotional gets to the heart of what it takes to truly heal from church hurt. Leigh writes honestly and shares experiences that many readers can relate too. She doesn’t shy away from expressing the feelings that many are afraid to admit they have when they’re hurt. In all honesty, this is one of the realest and most transparent devotionals I’ve read to date.
I enjoyed this devotional so much! It’s a quick, but very impactful read. If readers have a sincere desire to heal from church hurt and are willing to put in the work necessary to go through the healing process, this book will be a great companion along with God’s help!
I received this book free from the publisher through their book review bloggers program and I was not required to write a positive review.
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