Forgiveness after Trauma: A Path to Find Healing and Empowerment

Forgiveness after Trauma: A Path to Find Healing and Empowerment

by Susannah Griffith
Forgiveness after Trauma: A Path to Find Healing and Empowerment

Forgiveness after Trauma: A Path to Find Healing and Empowerment

by Susannah Griffith

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Overview

Susannah Griffith wishes she had spent less time thinking about forgiveness. But as a Christian minister, a biblical scholar, and a survivor of abuse, she has learned a lot about it.

In Forgiveness after Trauma, Griffith explores what the Bible says—and doesn't say—about the biblical call to forgive. She helps readers understand this command in ways that are healing and restorative, framing it within broader concerns around lament, anger, accountability, release and rebirth, and reconciliation.

The result is what Griffith calls "trauma-informed forgiveness," which takes seriously God's forgiveness of sinners while centering survivors of abuse and aiding their healing. This view also empowers those who have been harmed in other ways by abuses of power and justice in religious institutions.

Readers will resonate with Griffith's astute biblical analysis and personal reflection, which point to God's love—a love that never includes abuse and strives for justice for the vulnerable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587435973
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/26/2024
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 148,754
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Susannah Griffith (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is an independent scholar whose work focuses on the intersection of biblical studies and trauma. She is also a minister advocating and caring for the marginalized outside the walls of the church. Her first book, Leaving Silence, was a Christianity Today Book Award finalist for Christian discipleship. Griffith resides in Northern Indiana with her husband and three young daughters.

Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction
1. Biblical Forgiveness(es): Not What I Thought
2. Anger: Making Peace with Holy Rage
3. Lament: Becoming the Storyteller Again
4. Accountability: Answering for Choices and Living with Consequences
5. Reconciliation: Don't Think Too Small
6. Release and Rebirth: Life Begins, Again
Conclusion
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