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We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis

We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis


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"Timely and necessary...This book is not only a warning. It is an opportunity. An opportunity to live out the gospel we so passionately proclaim. And it starts with listening."—J.D. Greear, President of the Southern Baptist Convention 

Time’s Up: Addressing the Unspoken Crisis in the Church

We like to think the church is a haven for the hurting. But what happens when it’s not?

Author and advocate Mary DeMuth urges the church she loves to rise up and face the evil of sexual abuse and harassment with candor and empathy. Based on research and survivors’ stories, along with fierce fidelity to Scripture, DeMuth unpacks the church’s response to sexual violence and provides a healthy framework for the church to become a haven of healing instead of an institution of judgment.

In the throes of the #MeToo movement, our response as Christians is vital. God beckons us to be good Samaritans to those facing trauma and brokenness in the aftermath of abuse and provide safe spaces to heal. DeMuth advocates for a culture of honesty and listening and calls on the church to enter the places where people are hurting. In the circle of that kind of empathetic #WeToo community, the church must become what it’s meant to be—a place of justice and healing for everyone.   

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736979184
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 08/13/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,170,081
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Mary DeMuth is a writer and speaker who loves to help people live re-storied lives. Author of more than 30 Christian living books. Mary speaks around the country and the world and is the host of the popular daily podcast Pray Every Day, where she prays for you every day of the year. She is the wife of Patrick and the mom of three adult children, currently living in Texas.

Table of Contents

Foreword J.D. Greear 11

Dear Reader 15

FIRST: The Exam Room, the Back Door, and the Dance Floor 17

Part 1 Understanding Our Roots

1 Rape: The Biblical Conundrum 31

2 The Revolutionary Responder: Jesus 45

3 Abuse and the Church 59

Part 2 Interpreting the Present

4 The Power of Secrets 71

5 The Persuasiveness of Bad Theology 81

6 The Pervasiveness of Porn 97

7 The Problem of Predators 109

8 The Passivity of the Church 125

Part 3 Shaping What's Next

9 A Necessary Education 143

10 A Nuanced Cultural Shift: From How-To to #MeToo 159

11 A New Pathway Forward 167

12 A Prophetic Imagination 195

LAST: The Lingering 205

Appendix: We Too Manifesto 209

Notes 215

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