1 The Prevalence and Severity of Abuse Against Women
2 Beginning to Respond
3 Growing in Compassion
4 Steeple to Shelter: Paving the Pathway
5 Searching the Scriptures
6 Man and Woman: Dimensions of Their Union
7 Does the Suffering of an Abused Woman Bring Salvation to Her Husband?
8 A Concern for the Christian Family? The Dangers of Idolization and Idealization
9 Repentance Forgiveness
10 Issues of Abuse Authority
11 Good News For About Abusers
12 The Biblical Option of Divorce
13 What Can Church Folk Do?
14 Taking Action: Web-based and Print Resources to Assist Pastors and Congregations
Catherine Clark Kroeger is adjunct professor of classical and ministry studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. With James Beck, she edited Women, Abuse and the Bible and Healing the Hurting, and with Mary J. Evans she edited The IVP Women's Bible Commentary and The Women's Study Bible. Nancy Nason-Clark is professor of sociology at University of New Brunswick, Canada. Her books include Refuge from Abuse (with Catherine Clark Kroeger) and The Battered Wife: How Christians Confront Family Violence. She is the creator of the RAVE (Religion and Violence e-Learning) Project website.
"Thorough, engaging, and relevant, this book presents clear
teaching on God's attitude toward abuse and describes the necessary
components for effective ministry to victims."--Kathleen Samuelson,
CBA Retailers + Resources, December 2010
With their no-nonsense approach, Kroeger and Nason-Clark take time at the outset to document the problem of abuse worldwide and call the Church to combat this evil no matter where it occurs. They suggest that concealment of such sin in the church does more damage than facing the truth. A major strength of the book is its practical side. The authors give practical tools to pastors and other counselors for interviewing abuse victims and perpetrators and offer alternatives victims may consider instead of continuing to endure a threatening environment. Another valuable contribution the authors make is their caution against the misrepresentation of Scripture in ways that fail to protect abuse victims. This thought-provoking book has the potential to open the eyes of many believers who don't understand the prevalence of violence in many evangelical homes. It will be particularly useful to pastors and counselors, but will offer guidance to any Christian who has encountered such situations."--Christian Retailing, May 7, 2001