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Wounded in the Church: Hope Beyond the Pain Paperback – March 14, 2017
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About the Author
Chris Hayward has had over thirty-six years of pastoral ministry and is currently serving as president of Cleansing Stream Ministries, a discipleship ministry that works with the local church around the world. He is also the author of God’s Cleansing Stream (Chosen Books, 2004) and The End of Rejection (Chosen Books, 2007). Chris and his wife, Karen, live in Castaic, CA.
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I was impressed with the extensive exploration of being wounded. They look at rejection, shame, legalism, control, dogmatism, neglect, and more. They include a good section on how to identify spiritual abuse and give practical help for spiritual warfare.
I really liked that they provide insights into what to look for before being wounded. An example would be a demand for submission or loyalty.
They give good suggestions on how to respond when wounded, including good teachings on forgiveness, releasing judgment to God, and establishing our identity in Christ.
They also add a section on how to identify a church that has real biblical leadership and one that is healthy in general.
Having been wounded myself by an overly authoritative church leader, I really appreciated this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who has been wounded in a church experience. Your hurt will be validated, you will have good suggestions on what to do, and will receive insight in what to look for in a healthy church. I also recommend this book to church leaders as the authors include insights from the pastor's perspective.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Ray Beeson and Chris Hayward come together and offer hope and advice to those who have been hurt by Christians as well as those who have done the hurting. In part one of Wounded in the Church, they address the areas where church members as well as leadership may hurt others. Part two offers solutions and insight into how we can become better at accepting people where they are, at letting God do the convicting, the shepherding, the growing of individuals.
Unfortunately, this book is needed in today’s church. Beeson and Hayward approach each of the issues with love and care. Their words are grounded in scripture as they encourage readers to take a look at themselves in order to create the church as God intended. One of love. Hope. Healing. Acceptance. Comfort.
Aren’t those words beautiful?
I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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