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We Were the Least of These: Reading the Bible with Survivors of Sexual Abuse
     

We Were the Least of These: Reading the Bible with Survivors of Sexual Abuse

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by Elaine A. Heath
 

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Much of what is written about abuse and the Bible focuses on the ways Scripture is used to hurt rather than heal. This accessibly written book provides a much-needed perspective, illuminating the good news of healing and liberation that the Bible offers survivors of sexual abuse. As a theologian and survivor of abuse herself, Elaine Heath handles this sensitive

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Much of what is written about abuse and the Bible focuses on the ways Scripture is used to hurt rather than heal. This accessibly written book provides a much-needed perspective, illuminating the good news of healing and liberation that the Bible offers survivors of sexual abuse. As a theologian and survivor of abuse herself, Elaine Heath handles this sensitive topic with compassion and grace. She offers a close reading of several biblical passages that have proven to be profoundly healing for her and for other survivors. The book is illustrated with stories and insights from sexual abuse survivors who have experienced healing through the Bible in order to bring hope and encouragement to victims. It will be welcome reading for those who have suffered from abuse as well as for pastors, counselors, therapists, and others who minister to them. Each chapter ends with two sets of reflection questions and recommended activities—one set for survivors and another for those who journey with them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587432712
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2011
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
782,865
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Elaine A. Heath (PhD, Duquesne University) is dean of Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. She previously served as McCreless Associate Professor of Evangelism and director of the Center for Missional Wisdom at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, she is a frequent retreat speaker and has experience as a pastor and spiritual director. She is also the author of The Mystic Way of Evangelism.

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We Were the Least of These: Reading the Bible with Survivors of Sexual Abuse 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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gracednotes More than 1 year ago
Elaine Heath has created an exceptional resource for those who've been touched by sexual abuse - not just victims or survivors, but those who love "the least of these" and those who desire justice and healing for survivors. Insightful, practical and prophetic, Heath has walked this path with many. Instead of starting with psychological concepts and attempting to fit scripture around them, she begins with the Bible and brings the truths of the Word to the reader - and to the church. I couldn't put it down.