The Wounded Spirit: For Those Who Wound or Are Wounded

The Wounded Spirit: For Those Who Wound or Are Wounded

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by Frank Peretti
     
 

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If you've ever been there,you've never forgotten. The feeling is as haunting and familiar as the smellof a junior high school locker room.

It's the feeling of being undersized … or oversized … or klutzy … or less than beautiful. Of being a nerd … or a geek … or just, somehow, different.

It's knowing you are vulnerable-and

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If you've ever been there,you've never forgotten. The feeling is as haunting and familiar as the smellof a junior high school locker room.

It's the feeling of being undersized … or oversized … or klutzy … or less than beautiful. Of being a nerd … or a geek … or just, somehow, different.

It's knowing you are vulnerable-and someone is ready and willing to take full advantage of your weakness by making your life miserable.

It's the fraternity you never wanted to join-the fellowship of the wounded spirit.

And bestselling novelist Frank Peretti is a member, too.

This book is the haunting true story of pain Frank Peretti never forgot but never, until recently, shared with the world. It's the story of growing up with a medical condition that left him disfigured. A series of surgeries and the slow miracle of answered prayer took care of the deformity, but not the underdeveloped frame or the excruciating reality of being different. And it was for these petty "crimes" that Peretti was prosecuted every day at school-especially in gym class, but also in the halls, on the school grounds, even in his own neighborhood. No wonder he found himself relating to movie monsters who were hated but also feared-and who eventually exacted a bloody revenge on their tormentors!

In Peretti's case, deliverance eventually came-through time, through prayer, through a teacher's caring intervention, and his own willingness to seek help. But he has never forgotten what life was like at the bottom of the junior high foodchain. And from the reservoir of those agonizing memories he sends a compelling message to victims, to bullies, and to authorities who have the power to intervene-that it's never OK for the strong to abuse the weak. And that we allow such abuse at the expense of our souls … and our very civilization.

Especially in the wake of the massacre at Columbine High School-perpetuated by two troubled but also tormented outsiders--this message takes on haunting resonance. Frank Peretti believes we cannot afford to overlook the continuing reality of wounded spirits, not only in our schools, but in our homes, churches, and workplaces. His approach is both tender and tough as he issues a ringing call for a change in attitude.

It's a call for all of us to stop thinking of abuse as "normal," even among kids.

It's a call for the strong to stand up and protect the weak, not prey upon them.

It's a call for those in authority to pay attention to the violence being done to the vulnerable in the midst of our everyday lives and to take action to help.

Most of all, it's a call for bullies and victims alike (many of us are both) to seek the healing and forgiveness offered in Jesus Christ. For that healing is really the heart of this book-the only reality that can break the natural cycle of victimization and abuse.

Only in Christ, Peretti reminds, is there hope for the wounded spirits-but that hope ispowerful enough to change everything.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780849990168
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
11/13/2000
Sold by:
THOMAS NELSON
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
329,463
File size:
557 KB

Meet the Author

Frank E. Peretti es el destacado autor de Esta patente oscuridad, publicado por Editorial Vida. El y su esposa Bárbara residen en la costa pacifica del noroeste de los Estados Unidos.

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The Wounded Spirit 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Book-Snob More than 1 year ago
As a teacher, I have always tried to be careful not to allow one student to bully another. However, this book provided more insight on the effects of bullying than any other teacher workshop, educational psychology class, or books on educational theory and classroom management ever could. This very personal look at bullying gave me new insight on just how damaging such behavior can be and the long term effects it can have on a person's life. It also alerted me to the fact that there have been times when I have had one student teasing another, which I thought was all in good fun, but might have been interpreted by the student being teased as lack of concern on my part. I am much more careful, having read the book, to investigate student interaction. Not only does the book make readers more aware of bullying and its effects, but also directs them as to what to do about such.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved The Wounded Spirit by Frank Peretti. It was an eye opening, mind boggler. I was so shocked by the abuse Frank had to endure from his classmates. And all because of a deformity on his neck caused by the docter's mistake during child birth. I have never heard of such harassment taking place in school. I cried often while reading this book. But it was well worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoyed this book Peretti openned my eyes to how harmful even single comments can be to someone. I love how he goes into details about his own childhood to prove a huge point. Bullying comes in many different forms and I do think that it should deffinatly be dealt with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey. It's my opinion that every education major should read this book as part of their curriculum. For too long american young people have suffered in silence and it's about time that someone stood up to say that there is something wrong with the strong victimizing the weak.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes you think about your own attitude towards others and it makes you want to fix your problems with others. I thank God for this brilliant writer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Wounded Spirit is the best book by Mr. Peretti. It is so good because it is non-fiction and Peretti finally comes out and tells about his school experiences. This book is also very
Guest More than 1 year ago
While reading this book, my eyes were really opened to how words and actions affect others. Each person is a beautiful creation of God, and I am superior to no one. God has done an amazing work in my heart while I have read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Wounded Spirit is Frank Peretti's best book. Unlike his previouse published novels, the Wounded Spirit is not fiction. It is partially auto-biographical, and lets outsiders see and feel how those who are not fortunate enough to be the captain of the football team, or the Homecoming Queen. Peretti also points out the number one reason for why so much bullying is taking place: God was taken out of the schools. Using parables, and arguements used by well know theologians, Peretti defends the faith by describing how the schools, parents, and the government needs to take a different stand when it comes to bullying. An excellent read for anyone who has not experienced the agony of having a 'Wounded Spirit.'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was though provoking. Bringing out things that one might not think about as being bullying. It's a great read for anyone who's ever been bullied.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. It gave me a different perspective on bullying
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! If you are unfortunate enough to have to go through horrible things daily, then read this book. It may help, even if you're not Christian. Also, I found while reading it that bullying is all too common. It definately needs to stop, however most people in authority don't care. I am a 13 year old, who also has to go to gym class like the author (However, I'm not as tormented as he was!). Anyway, PE shouldn't have to a required class. PE is not fun, and you don't learn ANYTHING in that class! The government should ban PE from schools, and throw away that law where students can't read the Bible when at school. Also, there is absolutely no supervision at the locker room where I go to school. No one cares what happens there! Is that not stupid? Let's face it, PE is a most horrible class! Anyway, I do suggest you read the book if you're like me, or if you're picked on everyday.
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Honestly they should let us have better samples cause who would buy a book that you cant even have a good sample. . . I mean seriously