Helping Victims of Sexual Abuse

Author: Lynn Heitritter
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 0764202286
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This solidly biblical and sensitive guide from two medical and counseling professionals is full of helpful information for Christian communities ministering to children and families recovering from sexual abuse.

Caring for Sexually Abused Children

Author: R. Timothy Kearney
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830822461
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In this practical handbook for families and churches, Dr. R. Timothy Kearney shows how the healing touch of God can come, frequently through God's people, to children who have experienced sexual abuse.

Rid of My Disgrace

Author: Justin S. Holcomb
Publisher: Crossway
ISBN: 9781433516061
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The statistics are jarring. One in four women and one in six men have been sexually assaulted. But as sobering as these statistics are, they can’t begin to speak to the darkness and grief experienced by the victims. The church needs compassionate and wise resources to care for those living in the wake of this evil. Other books attempt to address the journey from shame to healing for victims of sexual abuse, but few are from a Christian perspective and written for both child and adult victims. In Rid of My Disgrace, a couple experienced in counseling and care for victims of sexual assault present the gospel in its power to heal the broken and restore the disgraced. Justin and Lindsey Holcomb present a clear definition of sexual assault and outline a biblical approach for moving from destruction to redemption. Rid of My Disgrace applies a theology of redemption to the grief, shame, and sense of defilement victims experience. This book is primarily written for them, but can also equip pastors, ministry staff, and others to respond compassionately to those who have been assaulted. Part of the Re:Lit series.

The Church Leader s Counseling Resource Book

Author: Cynthia Franklin Ph.D.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199831531
Format: PDF, Docs
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This all-in-one guide is designed to better equip clergy and the church leaders to meet their congregations' needs in a spiritually grounded and scientifically sound manner. Succinct, easy-to-read chapters summarize all a pastor needs to know about a given problem area, including its signs or symptoms, questions to ask, effective helping skills, and, most importantly, when to refer to a mental health professional. Synthesizing what research says about treatment approaches for mental health issues, this user-friendly reference is filled with guidelines, case scenarios, key points to remember, resources for further help, advice on integrating scripture and theology with the best available research, and tips on partnering with others to provide the best possible care for each church member. Each chapter is designed for quick lookup by problem area, empowering church leaders to understand and help meet the challenges facing the children, adults, families, and communities that they serve.

Family Ministry

Author: Charles M. Sell
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780310429104
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A practical resource for developing congregational stability, this updated book guides your church toward being capable of encouraging and sustaining healthy family life.

Learning to Trust Again

Author: Christa Sands
Publisher: Discovery House Pub
ISBN: 9781572930551
Format: PDF, ePub
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Trust is one of the precious abilities that dies when a child is sexually abused. Christa Sands' personal testimony of her own dark pit and subsequent struggle back into the light will both amaze and encourage you. Sands guides you on an intimate journey to show that with God there can be healing, even from the terrors of abuse. An excellent book for someone you know who struggles with this turmoil.

We Were the Least of These

Author: Elaine A. Heath
Publisher: Brazos Press
ISBN: 1441231994
Format: PDF
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Much of what is written about abuse and the Bible focuses on the ways Scripture is used to hurt rather than heal. This accessibly written book provides a much-needed perspective, illuminating the good news of healing and liberation that the Bible offers survivors of sexual abuse. As a theologian and survivor of abuse herself, Elaine Heath handles this sensitive topic with compassion and grace. She offers a close reading of several biblical passages that have proven to be profoundly healing for her and for other survivors. The book is illustrated with stories and insights from sexual abuse survivors who have experienced healing through the Bible in order to bring hope and encouragement to victims. It will be welcome reading for those who have suffered from abuse as well as for pastors, counselors, therapists, and others who minister to them. Each chapter ends with two sets of reflection questions and recommended activities--one set for survivors and another for those who journey with them.

A Safe Place

Author: Jan Morrison
Publisher: Shaw
ISBN: 9780877887478
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In this book, you'll discover what real love is, and learn how to develop lasting friendships and partnerships. As you gain the courage and trust to take off your armor of self-protection, you'll experience a new, healthy view of love and sex.

Caught in the Acts of Grace Bible Study Leaders Guide for Women

Author: Darla Weaver
ISBN: 9780983165408
Format: PDF, ePub
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In modern society, 1 in 3 women have been sexually abused in some form. Currently the news relays stories of women and girls being trafficked as sex slaves. The problems in our world are growing. Christians must face their own demons in order to respond to the needs of others, instead of turning a blind eye or over-reacting to those problems. This bible study is designed to help women who have been sexually abused to overcome the residuals of that abuse in a safe and down-to-earth manner, using the Bible and psychology in a complementary way. The end result sought for is a restored woman with a desire to minister to others. We have been first-hand witnesses of beautifully changed lives, healed marriages and restored families as a result of this study.

Loved as I Am

Author: Miriam James Heidland
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
ISBN: 1594715475
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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When Sr. Miriam James Heidland’s life as a successful college athlete proved unfulfilling, she went searching for something deeper and ended up falling in love with Jesus. By charting her own journey toward wholeness, Heidland invites young Catholics to pursue their own relationship with Jesus. Although originally full of athletic ambition and goals for a career in sports news, Heidland was transformed in a very slow but deep way during her undergraduate years, moving from party girl to bride of Christ. In Loved as I Am: An Invitation to Conversion, Healing, and Freedom through Jesus, Heidland helps readers learn from her experience of seeking love in the wrong places and instead finding it in Christ. She shares her struggles—learning she was adopted, battling alcoholism, and healing from childhood sexual abuse—as signs of hope that anyone who desires to know Christ can find him and be loved intimately by him in return. By bringing readers into Heidland’s healing process, Loved as I Am provides a gentle and subtle template for finding peace and freedom in Jesus.