Is It Abuse?: A Biblical Guide to Identifying Abuse and Helping Victims
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Is It Abuse?: A Biblical Guide to Identifying Abuse and Helping Victims  -     By: Darby A. Strickland

Is It Abuse?: A Biblical Guide to Identifying Abuse and Helping Victims

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For years, biblical counselor Darby Strickland has served women in oppressive marriages. Now she writes to anyone who wants to help, regardless of their level of experience. In Is It Abuse you’ll learn how to identify the toxic entitlement that drives abusive behavior and to better understand its impact on victims—including children who are raised in a home with domestic abuse. Through reflection question, case studies, exercises, and comprehensive worksheets, you will become equipped to provide wise and Christ-centered counsel and to empower and advocate for victims while navigating the complex dynamics of oppression in a marriage.

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Title: Is It Abuse?: A Biblical Guide to Identifying Abuse and Helping Victims
By: Darby A. Strickland
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 264
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 4 ounces
ISBN-13: 9781629956947
Stock No: WW56749X

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The statistics are deeply concerning. The stories are hard to hear. Church and ministry leaders wonder how to uncover the truth in fraught domestic situations. Counselors work to separate typical marriage conflicts from oppressive ones. Women worry as friends seem to wither before their eyes. And many wives feel confused and uncertain: “Is my husband’s behavior normal?” Is it abuse? With so much at stake, it’s important to get the answer right. For years biblical counselor Darby Strickland has served women in oppressive marriages. Now she writes to anyone who wants to help. Providing case studies, reflection questions, inventory questions, and thought-provoking exercises, she prepares the reader to pick up on concerning cues and to explore them appropriately. You will learn how to identify the toxic entitlement that drives abusive behavior and better understand the impact of abuse on victims. Ultimately, you will become equipped to provide wise and Christ-centered counsel while carefully navigating the complex dynamics of oppression in a marriage.

Author Bio

Darby Strickland counsels and teaches at CCEF. She is a contributor to Becoming a Church That Cares Well for the Abused and author of two booklets, Domestic Abuse: Recognize, Respond, Rescue and Domestic Abuse: Help for the Sufferer.

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Darby Strickland counsels and teaches at CCEF. She is a contributor to Becoming a Church That Cares Well for the Abused and author of two booklets, Domestic Abuse: Recognize, Respond, Rescue and Domestic Abuse: Help for the Sufferer.

Endorsements:

"This resource and the wisdom it provides are integral to pastoral ministry—and indeed to the work of everyone who is ready to speak for the oppressed and cry out for justice. I cannot recommend it highly enough."
—Rachael Denhollander, Speaker; Author; Victim Advocate 

"A stunning work. . . . If you ever read a book about abuse in couples, let it be this one."
—Alasdair Groves, Executive Director, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation 

"The clearest and most complete work on understanding the dynamics and impact of abuse." 
—Chris Moles, Author, The Heart of Domestic Abuse 

"Deftly equips counselors, pastors, and caring leaders to navigate through the difficult and often confusing narrative surrounding what's wrong and what to do."
—Leslie Vernick, Author, The Emotionally Destructive Marriage 

"An exemplary biblical counseling manual." 
—Curtis W. Solomon, Executive Director, The Biblical Counseling Coalition 

"Gospel rich, well written, and chock-full of practical wisdom. Darby Strickland is a gift to the church." 
—Jason Meyer, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis

"If you read this book before you need it, you will be grateful . . . and so will the person who is reaching out to you for guidance."
—Brad Hambrick, General Editor, Becoming a Church That Cares Well for the Abused

Editorial Reviews

In a day too often filled with rhetoric and finger-pointing Darby gives us a book filled with gracious, biblical, and practical counsel for how to effectively care for women in our churches who are suffering abuse.  She offers biblical hope for the abused as well as practical help for the counselor as she shares insights, cautions, stories and specific questions that can help us love and lead these ‘bruise reeds’ to a place of new hope. -- Brad Bigney, Lead Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church, Kentucky

Is it Abuse is a stunning work. It is brave without being incendiary. It is carefully and thoroughly biblical. It is relentlessly practical. Yet Strickland also steadfastly avoids the traps of oversimplifying either the problem or the solution. Speaking from a wealth of experience, this book is for oppressed spouses, the spouses who are harming them, and those trying to intervene redemptively in abusive marriages on behalf of Christ. If you ever read a book about abuse in couples, let it be this one. -- Alasdair Groves, Executive Director, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

Darby's work in understanding abuse, it's power structure, and its wounds provides critical help to victims, and those walking alongside them. Is it Abuse? Equips pastors and all of us, to identify abuse in its various insidious forms, and then be equipped with the knowledge and skills to help victims find freedom, hope and healing. This resource and the wisdom it provides, is integral to pastoral ministry, and indeed to everyone who is ready to speak for the oppressed and cry out for justice. I cannot recommend it highly enough. -- Rachael Denhollander, Speaker; Author; Victim Advocate

Darby has gifted God’s people with a well-researched and Biblical manual on marital abuse.   She deftly equips counselors, pastors and caring leaders to navigate through the difficult and often confusing narrative surrounding what’s wrong, and what to do.  Step by step she demonstrates what to listen for and how to make sense of conflicting information. Her chapter on the entitled thinking of the oppressor will help you understand why abuse is not a marriage problem, but a problem inside the heart and mind of the oppressor that must be addressed before any true marital healing can take place. -- Leslie Vernick, Coach; Speaker; Author, The Emotionally Destructive Marriage and The Emotionally Destructive Relationship

Darby Strickland has plunged deep into the dark and tumultuous waters of domestic abuse to bring us this excellent work. The difficult soul wrenching work of counseling women facing abuse is challenging. Our sister has born the burdens of other sisters to give us tremendous insight and practical wisdom to understand and address this horror. The church will be greatly blessed and equipped by Is this Abuse?” “Counseling women who face abuse is like navigating the depths of a rarely visited, uncharted, dense, dark forest. While no human work can ever fully prepare you for the journey, Strickland’s tremendous work in Is This Abuse? affords us a map to guide us along the journey. In fact, Darby has poured so much of herself into this book that is more akin to having a guide than merely a map. She has traversed these paths and brings that experience to walk alongside us as we care for people facing the horror of abuse.”  Extremely insightful and intensely practical. “This is an exemplary biblical counseling manual. It offers biblically based, theologically minded insights into abuse, practical wisdom on counseling abuse victims gained from years of experience, and ready-to-use tools that can be implemented in the counseling process.”  “Is This Abuse? draws readers into the lived experience of those who face abuse, sheds light on the heart of the oppressor, interprets both through the Scriptures and applies divinely inspired wisdom and truth to bring hope and healing to broken marriages.” -- Curtis W. Solomon, Executive Director, The Biblical Counseling Coalition

This book is now my “go to” resource on domestic abuse. I have looked for a book on domestic abuse that is the total package: biblical, practical, accessible, and theological. I have finally found it. It is gospel rich, well-written, and it is chock full of practical wisdom. Darby Strickland is a gift to the church. -- Jason Meyer, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis

For the pastor, leader, or counselor, there are few issues like abuse which can seem more perplexing and confusing. That is why I am grateful for Darby Strickland’s most helpful book, Is It Abuse? Darby strikes the difficult balance of being clear, compassionate, as well as comprehensive covering an impressive amount of content related to abuse. I have not come across another resource like it which is as thoroughly biblical, yet imminently practical. If you find yourself in a helping role of any kind, this book should be required reading. You will read it and weep for those who are and have been oppressed, but also rejoice in the comfort and encouragement of gospel hope -- Jonathan D. Holmes, Founder and Executive Director, Fieldstone Counseling; Pastor of Counseling, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Darby has served the church well by answering what seems like it would be a straightforward question: Is It Abuse? But if you've experienced abuse or walked alongside someone who is experiencing abuse, you  know a fog of confusion surrounds this question. Don't wait for a crisis near you to read this book. If you read this book before you need it, you will be grateful... and so will the person who is reaching out to you for guidance -- Brad Hambrick, Pastor of Counseling, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina; General Editor, Becoming a Church That Cares Well for the Abused

The presence of oppressive marriages in the church is grievous. We must take notice. The road of caring for souls in oppressive marriages is long and painful. We cannot be timid or impatient. With the grace, mercy, and compassion of Christ, we need to intervene. There are words of redemption to speak and works of redemption to do. There are serious obstacles to overcome. We need wisdom. We need biblical, practical resources. I praise God that Darby Strickland has written such a resource. Is It Abuse? A Biblical Guide to Identifying Domestic Abuse and Helping Victims belongs on the shelf of every pastor and church leader. -- John Henderson, Author, Catching Foxes: A Gospel-Guided Journey to Marriage

Darby Strickland has written an exceptionally helpful, winsome, and authoritative resource that should be required reading for all helpers in the church. Rather than giving a simplistic line-in-the-sand answer to the question, "Is it abuse?," she builds carefully upon Scripture and her years of counseling experience to explore the heart of abuse and its many horrific manifestations in ways that equip readers to discern when oppression is occurring and how to move forward with wise, compassionate care of victims. As an elder and counselor, I found Darby's approach to this complex and heart-rending issue immensely clarifying and seasoned with wisdom that I can use immediately in my pastoral care of others. I pray this important book will enjoy a very wide readership within the church. -- Michael R. Emlet, Dean of Faculty and Counselor, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation; Author, CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet

Darby’s materials are always ranked #1 on my list of resources for understanding and addressing abuse!  Through church-wide conferences, specific leadership training, and her written and online materials, Darby’s faithfully biblical insight and expertise have provided solid guidance for our church as we have stepped deeply into this crucial ministry to brokenness and need.  I welcome Is It Abuse? gratefully and enthusiastically. -- Joan McConnell, Director of Womens Ministry, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Is it Abuse is a wonderful addition to the growing library of Biblical resources regarding domestic abuse. Through clear language, real life examples, and biblically-informed responses Darby Strickland has given the church the clearest and most complete work on understanding the dynamics and impact of abuse to date. This work is the first book pastors and Biblical counselors should read on their journey to understanding domestic abuse.   -- Chris Moles, Author, The Heart of Domestic Abuse: Gospel Solutions for Men Who Use Control and Violence in the Home

I love this book! I don’t know of another written from a biblical perspective that provides such an accurate and comprehensive description of the dynamics of domestic abuse. For two decades my top recommendation to pastors and counselors seeking to understand these dynamics has been a secular book, simply because it touched on the many subtleties of abuse that most Christian resources lack. However, I believe this book provides what has been missing in our circles—an in-depth resource that will truly help equip God’s people to better understand and respond to a problem that is ever-present in our churches. I am particularly grateful for Darby’s thorough description of the impacts of spiritual abuse and the effects of domestic violence on children. Far too few resources touch on these important topics, but they have not escaped our Savior’s notice, and I believe he will use this book to help awaken the church to the plight of his children who are being oppressed in their homes. Is it Abuse? is an absolute gem, and I plan to recommend it often! -- Joy Forrest, Founder and Executive Director, Called to Peace Ministries

This is a significant book which raises and answers an extremely important question for counselors and church leaders, “Is it abuse?” Too often we have gotten the answer wrong by failing to recognize oppression and to protect victims. The author is also careful to help us to avoid another wrong answer which would be to falsely label ordinary marital sin struggles as abusive. She employs her wealth of knowledge and experience as she helps us to accurately identify different categories of habitual oppressive behavior (abuse). She then wisely shows us how to offer compassionate biblical help to victims. I especially appreciate how she faithfully applies Scripture throughout, how she carefully addresses delicate issues, how she fearlessly confronts sin and how she encourages the involvement of the local church. -- Jim Newheiser, Director, Christian Counseling Program, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte; Executive Director, The Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship

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