Do you know someone who tolerates being abused or thinks that abusing is a religious right or rite? Do they quote scriptures to support their way of thinking? Do you wonder if your sermons accidentally support and reinforce the warfare in their lives? This book is designed for ordained and lay ministers. This is about interpreting scriptures in a more healthy way for the ears of the abused in your congregations. IT IS NOT written by a psychologist and IT SHOULD NOT be left in the home of an abused person. Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 https://www.thehotline.org/ for more guidance.
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Excerpt: In the dark hours of a snowy winter night in my early childhood, I remember my father and mother bundling me into the car to drive to the home of a very old man who was trying to beat his very old wife to death. Again. In the fifty years since then, I became more aware that the pleasantness of public spaces are sanctuaries from the private wars that take place in small homes and in mansions in this country and around the world. If you wish to be aware, you can see people walking along transparent minefields of prescribed behavior and habits. If you wish to listen, you can hear scathing verbal salvos against the ego. If you don’t turn away too quickly, you can see the bruises, the shell-shocked gait, and the calloused patches of faces where fists have landed habitually. What you may not be able to avoid is the loud silence that follows news of the death of someone you know who lost their life in their own domestic violence war.