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Needs to be said...
July 12, 2013
This book provides a theological basis for abuse victims seeking divorce although adultery was not the issue - it was the domestic violence. This enforces that breaking the covenant vows in marriage is like the Israelites breaking their covenant with God. Then God allowed 'divorce' since they broke their vows, and 'remarried', by forming the New Covenant. More churches and their pastors need to be engaged in domestic abuse solutions, and this book is a great 'how to' guide. The victim should never be further victimized by their chur h not 're ognizing' divorce. Great book, a topic which needs to be heard.
Wow! Evangelical Pastor Jeff Crippen has expertly addressed a very difficult and unpopular reality in the evangelical church. Abuse is occurring in Christian marriages, and Christians are suffering in silence due to shame and fear, and thinking they are caught between enduring the abuse forever or disobeying God by leaving their abusive spouse. Crippen not only outlines the tactics of abusers and how pastors and counsellors can identify them, but he shows how Scripture has been used as a weapon to perpetuate abuse in the Church. Through exegesis of relevant Scriptures Crippen demonstrates that disciplinary divorce is an option and Christians are not called to bare the cross of abuse and live in bondage for the rest of their lives. This book will bring great comfort to those who are suffering; and should open the eyes of those in church leadership who can and should do something about it. A must-read for all pastors.