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About the Book
Book title: Wounded in the Church
Author: Ray Beeson & Chris Hayward
Release date: March 14, 2017
Church should be a safe place, right? Then why do so many get hurt there?
Ray Beeson and Chris Hayward combine their years of ministry experience to address head-on the elephant in the room: church members and church leaders hurt Christians. All the time. And the long-lasting effects—rejection, shame, despair, loneliness, fear—can be devastating. The authors have witnessed the rise of the “dones,” those who are just done with God thanks to scars from church.
With first-person stories of hurt and loss, this book is a wake-up call for any who deny woundedness in the church but is also a redemptive message for any who hurt from church wounds. Leaders and laypeople alike will learn how to grieve over abuse, to leave unhealthy attitudes and patterns that cause pain, and to trust in God’s real, delivering work through churches that build up, not tear down.
Thanks to the grace of God, there is always hope beyond the pain.
In My Opinion (Review)
Hypocritical. Judgmental. Rigid. Unforgiving. Condemning. Often words that are used to describe the church are ugly. They come from places of deep hurt from people who have experienced the opposite of what God intended his church to be. Whether a visitor, a longtime church member, or a pastor, people have indeed left churches because they have been wounded by others there.
Ray Beeson and Chris Hayward come together and offer hope and advice to those who have been hurt by Christians as well as those who have done the hurting. In part one of Wounded in the Church, they address the areas where church members, as well as leadership, may hurt others. Part two offers solutions and insight into how we can become better at accepting people where they are, at letting God do the convicting, the shepherding, the growing of individuals.
“Christians are no better than anyone else. We trip over our feet and spill our coffee and have the capacity to intensely, terribly wound and be wounded by another. Yet God has broken into our broken lives—and that has made all the difference.”
Wounded in the Church
by Ray Beeson & Chris Hayward
Unfortunately, this book is needed in today’s church. Beeson and Hayward approach each of the issues with love and care. Their words are grounded in scripture as they encourage readers to take a look at themselves in order to create the church as God intended. One of love. Hope. Healing. Acceptance. Comfort.
Aren’t those words beautiful?
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About the Authors
Ray Beeson is the director of Overcomers Ministries, a teaching ministry with a special emphasis on spiritual warfare and prayer. Ray teaches seminars on spiritual warfare, prayer, and Christlike living and is the author of numerous books including Signed in His Blood (Charisma House, 2014) and The Hidden Price of Greatness (Overcomers, 2000). Ray and his wife, Linda, live in Ventura, CA.
Chris Hayward has had over thirty-six years of pastoral ministry and is currently serving as president of Cleansing Stream Ministries, a discipleship ministry that works with the local church around the world. He is also the author of God’s Cleansing Stream (Chosen Books, 2004) and The End of Rejection (Chosen Books, 2007). Chris and his wife, Karen, live in Castaic, CA.
Guest Post from Ray Beeson & Chris Hayward
When we tell people we’ve written a book entitled “Wounded in the Church,” many nod knowingly. Sadly, the pain and heartache that happens in churches is all too common. Collectively, the two of us have spent more than 70 years in ministry. During that time we have seen neglect, tactlessness, and blatant insensitivity fostered by some leaders and congregations resulting in the wounding of others. We realize it is not prolific in every church, but the wounding is significant and it needs to be exposed. That is why we wrote this book – we share real stories of real people who were wounded in church, a place that should be a shelter of God’s love and peace. Sometimes people are abused by leaders or church members. There are also times when leaders are abused by people within the congregation. As you read, perhaps you’ll identify with some of the situations described. If so, be assured you are not alone. If you have been wounded, it is our hope and prayer God uses this book to facilitate healing. Because of Jesus Christ, there is hope beyond the pain.
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