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"The church is filled with the sexually hurting that need the biblical guidance found in God’s word. Sensitive Preaching to the Sexually Hurting provides much needed help to pastors and leaders who communicate in today’s pulpits. Dr. Sam Serio illustrates how God openly talks about sex in his Word. Filled with practical examples, this book opens the door to greater communication." (Sue Detweiler, author, speaker, and pastor of Life Bridge Church, Frisco, Texas 2016-05-25)
"Dr. Sam Serio has provided a desperately needed resource in ministry to break the silence of the greatest evil our society faces: sexual brokenness, perversion, and abuse. Many pastors and those involved in pastoral care struggle with understanding a survivor and his or her emotional needs. I applaud Dr. Serio for offering perspective, compassion, and thought-provoking sermons as a guide for pastors to address this difficult issue. This book inspires courage to address the silent epidemic of sexual abuse and exploitation in our society. This is a must-read for all pastors and those in pastoral care in order to facilitate accountability and healing for the millions of wounded survivors." (Angela Williams, founder of VOICE Today and author of From Sorrows to Sapphires 2016-05-25)
"We live in a world where sexual freedom reigns and exploitation is at an all-time high. Many individuals have emotional scars and deeply wounded hearts as a result of horrific trauma caused by this freedom and exploitation. These hurting hearts sit in our churches and youth groups behind a wall of fear and secrecy, praying to find hope and healing rather than criticism and condemnation. In Sensitive Preaching to the Sexually Hurting, Dr. Sam Serio profoundly informs in explicit words how to minister to and counsel the sexually hurting who are presently suffering silently. The precise words needed for healing are found throughout his book. With Scripture for each topic and sample sermons, readers cannot help but hear the heavenly Father’s heart as the Holy Spirit prompts our own hearts with a passionate desire to offer hope to the hurting and wholeness to the broken, setting the captives free." (Keven C. Covert, speaker, facilitator of post-abortion healing Bible studies, and author of Brick 2016-05-25)
"Sam Serio has written the book that few others would have. In a sensitive manner, and with absolute care not to offend, he explains how to preach from most of the biblical passages dealing with sexual sin. You will receive much help from his frequent tips. I know of no other book like it. You will want a copy." (Jay E. Adams, founder of The Institute for Nouthetic Studies 2016-05-25)
"Finally--a powerful tool for pastors and counselors. Dr. Serio shares his profound knowledge of Scripture and sexual abuse throughout this book. Those who wish to address the walking wounded from sexual sins, but don’t know how, will find this a phenomenal resource. Sam Serio’s book should be in every pastor’s study and every Christian counselor’s office. I especially like the final chapter, ‘My Challenge to the Church of the Future.’ Through counseling, marriage preparation, and sermons, we absolutely must address the issue of abnormal sexuality and its consequences. Everyone is affected by the topics discussed in this amazing book." (Karen (Austin) McDonald, counselor and president of Racheal’s Rest 2016-05-25)
"Dr. Sam Serio’s wisdom comes from years of research into and experience dealing with tough topics. As a survivor of sexual abuse, I can personally say the chapter on sexual abuse is not only brilliant but much needed. I can’t adequately describe the pain, confusion, and rejection I felt during my early years in recovery when I tried to attain support and direction for healing from the leadership in my church. Dr. Serio has a passion for empowering pastors to address the pain, sin, and bondage inherent in sexual deviance and to apply the Word of God to heal their flocks." (Tammy Kennedy, founder of The King’s Treasure Box Ministries 2016-05-25)
About the Author
Dr. Sam Serio writes with more than thirty-five years of experience in preaching and counseling. He has pastored churches, conducted seminars, and currently counsels individuals who daily feel the deep emotional effects of sexual sin or pain. Dr. Serio is founder and president of Healing Sexual Hurt (www.HealingSexualHurt.com) where people from all around the world seek his words of biblical wisdom and warmth in these taboo topics. He has published various articles and is available to speak at churches and conferences. Dr. Serio lives with his family in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Heidi V. White
IFOC Sr. Chaplain
Sensitive Preaching to the Sexually Hurting is comprised of basically two major sections. In the initial section, Serio brings the reader up to speed with the contemporary landscape of the Christian church. This section may come as an eye-opener to the pastor who is largely disconnected from those in his congregation. Serio does an excellent job connecting the culture and congregational life with the reality of our present world, and his ministry puts him on the frontlines to speak to such issues with clarity and authority.
The second section comprises the majority of the book and is likely the reason that readers will find this volume appealing. It is here that Serio looks deep into his bag of experience and guides the reader through how to address sexual hurts such as abortion, pornography, childhood sexual abuse and molestation, same-sex attraction and homosexuality, and more. Serio is extremely careful in how he presents each topic, and the sensitivity of those being addressed is clearly at the forefront of his mind. Readers will glean much from Serio’s pastoral heart and compassion for people.
As a leader who is neither a pastor nor a counselor, I found Sensitive Preaching to the Sexually Hurting to be extremely helpful in my interaction and communication with people in general. Serio offers excellent and appropriate insight, and his demeanor throughout is a posture that every Christian should seek to exemplify when handling topics such as that addressed in this volume. To be completely fair, this is not the type of book that I would have purchased had I not been given the opportunity to do this review. That said, I cannot express enough the importance and timeliness of this volume. It was much more beneficial than I would have ever thought, both for understanding myself and communicating with others.
Sensitive Preaching to the Sexually Hurting by Sam Serio is a volume that all Christians, but especially pastors and teachers should read and refer to often. The wealth of wisdom and pastoral insight is breathtaking given the nature of the subject matter addressed. If you are looking for a book that will both instruct and inform your heart to better serve the people around you then this is a volume you will not want to overlook. It comes highly recommended!
The purpose of his book is to
“equip you to better communicate the Word of God – by becoming far more competent and compassionate toward those who have experienced sexual hurt, and to those who have inflicted sexual hurt” (201).
Serio argues that in preaching on sexual issues, it is best not to use explicit or inflammatory words, as they might wound the listener; he gives a list of euphemisms that can describe what is happening (50).
In chapters five through eleven, he looks at one type of sexual hurting in each. He discusses the statistics about these hurts and how one who experienced them may be feeling/responding to it. Then he offers several passages from the Bible and explanations about how best to preach them to the benefit of the sexually hurting.
In the final chapter, he presents fourteen challenges to the church concerning how ewe might better minister to the sexually hurting – including the hiring of a full-time biblical counselor on staff (191).
Serio’s book is painful to read in the truth that is reflects, but I agree it is necessary – many more are hurting than one would think or know, unless one becomes a confidant or someone is brave enough to seek out counseling.
I do not agree with him that the pastor should come out from behind the pulpit (26). The pulpit acts, in my understanding, to block the minister and focus the hearer on the Word of God. While I agree that someone being out and “approachable” is a good thing, it seems to me that this would be better seen in a counseling situation, than in preaching – they are different things.
Also, I was perplexed about how some of the passages he uses as examples actually address the issues he puts forth.
And, as someone who tends to preach lectio continua, unless I am guided by the Spirit to address a certain issue, I preach whatever is next.
This is a very difficult subject and Dr, Serio has provided much wise guidance. Still, I would caution care and investigate the option of having a biblical counselor on staff.
[This review appears on my blog and on Amazon.com. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.]
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