Healing Your Church Hurt – Book Review
How many of you have ever suffered emotional or spiritual wounding as the result of attending church – the very place that’s supposed to draw you closer to God and deepen your relationship with the Body of Christ?
I have. For years, I grappled with the devastation I felt from being abandoned by my “church family” during my time of greatest need.
So has George Barna, founder of The Barna Group. Of these times, George writes:
I understand the pain involved in being chewed up by a church – a place where you go to worship God, to become more Christlike, to serve others, to enjoy positive relationships with other Christ followers, and to have a safe and reliable place to bring truth seekers for exposure to biblical principles in thought, word, and deed. It can be a shattering reality when your “church home” becomes a place of rejection and suffering while you are doing your best to be part of the spiritual family. It turns your world upside down, births a variety of spiritual doubts, and leaves a sour taste in your mouth.
Sadly, we are not alone in our experiences. According to The Barna Group, a firm that studies the religious beliefs and behavior of Americans:
- Nearly four out of every ten people in the United States (37%) currently avoid church because of previous bad experiences with church and church people.
- In the next 15 years, church attendance will be cut in half – a trend that Stephen Mansfield attributes, in part, to churches offending and wounding the very people they are supposed to be healing.
That’s why I’m thrilled to find a resource that can help those who have been hurt recover from their wounds and restored to a place of wholeness. The book is called Healing Your Church Hurt – What To Do When You Still Love God But Have Been Wounded By His People by Stephen Mansfield and I give it my highest recommendation.
Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times best-selling author with a list of impressive credentials – including a ten year stint as pastor of a large, influential church. Unfortunately, his pastoral journey ended in the midst of conflict and upheaval, from which he did not emerge unscathed. This book stems from the aftermath of his painful church departure and what he learned during his “soul-deforming season of hell.”
Fortunately, God brought “pastors of an exceptionally bold and unapologetic kind” into Stephen’s life. These men of God walked Stephen through a biblically-based healing process that ultimately freed him of all the bitterness and toxicity that he was grappling with as a result of his wounds.
In this book, Stephen walks you through the very same steps these pastors took him through to bring him to a place of healing, freedom and wholeness. The process isn’t easy. Stephen’s book is full of painful truths and tons of tough love. In fact, if your wounds are still raw, you might find some of his advice difficult to hear, let alone apply.
However, if your spiritual life has become one long, dark night of the soul that has been precipitated, in part or in full, by a painful church wounding, this book holds the keys to your freedom!
Don’t let your relationship with God be compromised due to the shortcomings of God’s imperfect people – the church. Read through Healing Your Church Hurt with pen in hand and begin the process of working through the pain.
You’ll find that this book can transform your spiritual life!
More Great Resources
- For more information about Healing Your Church Hurt, read Chapter 1.
- To learn more about Stephen Mansfield, visit his blog.
- Visit Create With Joy – Book Reviews to discover more life-changing books!
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