Healing Spiritual Abuse: How to Break Free from Bad Church Experience

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Are you a victim of Spiritual Abuse?
Are you discouraged from questioning the decisions or teachings church leaders make?If you do little or no volunteer work for the church, do you feel like a second-class Christian?Does your pastor insist on being addressed by a title such as "Dr." or "Pastor"?Do you hear many broad, vague appeals to "surrender fully," "yield completely" or "lay it all on the altar"?Are public reports about various ministry activities sometimes exaggerated?Do ...
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Overview

Are you a victim of Spiritual Abuse?
Are you discouraged from questioning the decisions or teachings church leaders make?If you do little or no volunteer work for the church, do you feel like a second-class Christian?Does your pastor insist on being addressed by a title such as "Dr." or "Pastor"?Do you hear many broad, vague appeals to "surrender fully," "yield completely" or "lay it all on the altar"?Are public reports about various ministry activities sometimes exaggerated?Do church members feel safe talking only about past victories, not present struggles?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a victim of spiritual abuse.

Many of us have gone through bad church experiences that have left us feeling like failures. Blaming ourselves, we asked for God's forgiveness, but felt distant from the church and sometimes from God too.

Often, however, the fault is not ours but that of Christian leaders who abuse spiritually. How can we recognize the signs of spiritual abuse? What can we do to gain healing from the wounds we have experienced?

With clarity and refreshing honesty, Ken Blue answers these questions and offers hope and healing to the victims of spiritual abuse. In addition he shows Christian leaders how to avoid abusive patterns and instead offer Christ's gospel of grace to every casualty of bad church experiences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830816606
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 9/10/1993
  • Pages: 166
  • Sales rank: 442,310
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Blue is the director of Good News to the Poor, an organization that takes the gospel and business training to the developing world.
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Table of Contents

1. An Invitation to Freedom
2. The Seat of Moses -- The Power to Abuse
3. Sniffing Out the Yeast of the Pharisees
4. Heavy Loads
5. They Do It for Show
6. Majoring on Minors and Missing the Point
7. Who Gets Hooked and Why
8. Healed by Grace
9. Healthy Church Leadership
10. Healthy Church Discipline
Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2004

    All Church Goers Need to Read This One

    It is so easy for church leadership to abuse those they are charged to care for. Some do it unintentionally, but all should know better. This book reminds us of the example Christ set for us and the model we must follow. Refreshing truths; a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2004

    The best book ever written by a man

    From the book: 'There is no way to disarm any man except through guilt...If there is not enough guilt, we must create it... But save us from the man of clear conscience!!!' (the rulers or the government's way of thinking). This book so clearly and simply exposes all forms of spiritual abuse of a fellow man by any kind of 'authority', be it state or church. If this book were a compulsory reading in our high schools, the next generation would not put up with the present government and its actions. It would see them clearly for what they are and how they control peoples' lifes, which is their main agenda. As oposed to honestly serving the folks who elected them based on their promises.

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