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Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes (Gospel for Real Life) Paperback – April 17, 2013
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"Dr. Kellemen's gospel insights are for both the sexually abused and the pastor. . . . You will find a clear and caring path . . . that will give you hope." --Ed Welch, Faculty Member, Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation
"Kellemen offers clear, accessible, gospel-based help for the many victims of sexual abuse and teaches us all how to face sexual abuse side by side with Christ." --Justin and Lindsey Holcomb, Authors of Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault
"Here is the gospel applied carefully and tenderly to real life." --Tim Challies, Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church
About the Author
Robert W. Kellemen, through his three pastoral ministries, seminary teaching, and RPM Ministries, has equipped hundreds of people as biblical counselors and spiritual friends. Bob is executive director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and executive director of the Center for Church Equipping at the Association for Biblical Counselors.
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As a victor and a Biblical counselor, this book was gentle and compassionate without compromising the Gospel. Kelleman addresses the seriousness of assault and it's damaging effects on the human soul. He points us to The One who can heal and redeem.
One thing we do not want to admit is that we can respond wrongly in response to being hurt. We are prone to, as Paul Tripp so astutely puts it, suffer the way we suffer the thing we are suffering. We are all sufferers and sinners. Kelleman addresses first the sufferer and then delicately addresses the sinner. He again points to The One who forgives and redeems.
Kelleman nailed every point I have pondered in my 8 years of pursuing healing in a goodly manner. I am looking forward to implementing this into my ministry as well as reading it again with my husband.
Finding Hope in Christ by John Henderson (part of the Gospel for Real Life series) is also good.
I would also recommend Rid of My Disgrace as a follow up read but I wouldn't give it to someone who has just been, or just beginning to deal with past assault. Personally it was too big of an undertaking and too rough for me to begin with, though Biblically solid. Perfect for a Biblical counselor or further study for the spouse, friend, family member.
I would also recommend Redemption by Wilkerson and Redemption Groups. However, for the victim/survivor, I suggest reading Beauty for Ashes with a trusted friend, pastor, or counselor first. From my perspective, this would be a more gentle approach to such a painful process.
I am so excited that there is a growing number of safe, and solid biblical books addressing sexual assault! Our great God is the Soulologist who can heal wounds that can't be mended by anyone else. Thank You Lord for this work!
Also, I was hoping it was more about how the church address/does not address sexual abuse.
The information in this book is good, solid, Biblically based, I was just looking for something else.