Monday, May 26, 2008
Resources for Dealing With Abuse or Domestic Violence From a Christian Perspective
The four books listed below, are written by authors who have experienced domestic violence and/or abuse and have survived, by the grace of God, to share the stories of their personal journey's out of the minefield of abuse.
These books are each complimentary to one another covering a number of scenarios within the "Abuse/domestic violence among Christians" arena. Together they provide well rounded, detailed counsel in advising not only battered and abused Christian Women, but also Christian leaders and individuals in responding confidently, compassionately, and biblically when domestic violence or abuse strikes within their spheres of influence.
Woman Submit! Christians & Domestic Violence, by formerly battered Christian Wife, Jocelyn Andersen, is a great resource for Christian Women who are experiencing abuse and/or domestic violence, and for those they are most likely to turn to for help, i.e., family, friends and/or clergy. It contains solid advice for biblical Christian Response to the sin of domestic violence. Available in the US, UK, and Canada. Buy the Book Save a Life
Would the REAL CHURCH Please Stand Up!, by formerly battered Christian wife, Susan Greenfield, is a detailed challenge to all Christians in responding biblically when the issue of abuse and domestic violence among Christians presents itself up close and personally at the local church. click here for more info
Another excellent resource is Waneta Dawn's, Behind the Hedge.
In this fictional account of an abusive marriage within a Christian home, Waneta Dawn has done an amazing job of exploring the dynamics of such a relationship, and the destructive effects of it on the entire family. It is written with God given insight, sensitivity, and compassion.
The story is a page turner and portrays biblical guidance for women experiencing abuse that has not yet escalated into physical violence. click here for more info