The following books have been carefully selected as they offer comfort, hope, encouragement and sound advice for those women who suffer from the horror of domestic violence and for those people who want to help them. All books may be purchased from Amazon.com. When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Focus Ministries Inc. Bookmark the link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-4212423 and support us every time you shop.
In the Christian community, one in every four women experiences family violence. As the awareness and incidence of domestic violence increase, however, pastors find themselves ill-equipped to deal with the crisis. There is very little training, if any, provided in seminary on this subject. The challenge for every pastor and counselor is to go beyond a casual awareness of the problem to the harsh reality of this epidemic, to move past apathy to conviction, and to turn empathy into compelling action.
And He Restoreth My Soul Author: Darlene Harris Abuse, be it sexual or physical, is one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. The aftermath and residual pain stays with the abused long after the act of abuse has ended. The new book And He Restoreth My Soul by Darlene J. Harris is a resource for counselors, pastors and aid professionals to assist them in counseling survivors through the recovery process and help them to restore peace to their lives.
Break the Cycle: Healing from an Abusive Relationship Author: Tracy S. Deitz The story of Lydia, a survivor who felt trapped in a destructive relationship, reveals her personal struggles to break the cycle and move to healing. Interactive questions at the end of each chapter moves the reader to self-reflect and scriptural truths
The Emotionally Destructive Relationship: Seeing It, Stopping It, Surviving It Author: Leslie Vernick Leslie Vernick, counselor and social worker, has witnessed the devastating effects of emotional abuse. Many, including many in the church, have not addressed this form of destruction in families and relationships because it is difficult to talk about. With godly guidance and practical experience, Vernick offers an empathetic approach to recognizing an emotionally destructive relationship and addresses the symptoms and the damage with Biblical tools.
Domestic abuse and violence are on the rise in our culture today, and just as prevalent in the church. With an estimated one-fourth of women in the church living with abuse and violence, pastors and biblical counselors need to have the resources to offer hope and help. It is time for godly men in the church to call abusive men to repentance and accountability. Here is a valuable resource for every church leader and Christian man.
Anita Lustrea, Co-host and Executive Producer of Midday Connection. Sometimes the church tries to sweep the hard stories under the carpet. Somehow we’ve gotten the impression the hard things of life shouldn’t be shared. But when you allow your stories to become known, start to interact with the stories of others and then allow God to work in and through your life, something miraculous starts to happen.
What Would Jesus Do About Domestic Violence and Abuse Toward Christian Women Author: By Dr. Chloe Cummings The author shows that the same sins which constitute violence and abuse on the home front are the same sins which Jesus dealt with in the public arena. Because of the religious overtones in the emotional, spiritual, verbal, psychological, and other abuses which Jesus experienced, the model Jesus presents in dealing with domestic violence and abuse is especially relevant to victims who have a Christian or a strong religious background.