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Untwisting Scriptures: that were used to tie you up, gag you, and tangle your mind Paperback – October 20, 2016
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Rebecca Davis is an award-winning author who collaborated with Jeff Crippen on Unholy Charade: Unmasking the Domestic Abuser in the Church and with Dale Ingraham on Tear Down This Wall of Silence: Dealing with Sexual Abuse in Our Churches. Since 2006 she has been studying and learning about various kinds of abuse, especially through the first-person experiences of many of her friends. For about thirty years longer than that, she has been an avid student of the Scriptures.
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The book covers two main issues:
1) whether Christians are called by God to yield their rights
2) studying the real root of bitterness
While that might sound pretty simple, this book has a lot to it. Now there is one thing that I'd like to mention about this book. As you enjoy this book, keep a balanced perspective by remembering the words of Christ on the importance of forgiveness. (Matthew 16:12 & 18:35)
Forgiveness means never having to be in the same room with that person again. (Reconciliation NOT REQUIRED)
Forgiveness means NEVER trusting that person again.
Forgiveness means seeking justice to stop the perpetrator from harming someone else.
Forgiveness means taking whatever actions are necessary to protect ourselves and others.
Forgiveness means allowing ourselves to grieve and process the emotions, then reaching a point where we can release any bitterness to protect our own mental health. We don't have to like that person or ever talk to them again, but forgiveness is the command of Christ because it protects us from the damage of holding the emotions inside. The only thing I wish that this book had was a deeper discussion of the importance of forgiveness. We must remember Jesus' warning to us that if we don't forgive others, God won't forgive us.
One of Davis's best.