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The Church, the Bride of Christ. That description conjures up images of radiant white bride, eyes sparkling with peace and harmony, right? Maybe that's why it's such a gut-punch when that Bride behaves more like a grade school bully or a hot tempered drill sergeant.

The Bride(zilla) of Christ is a verbal I.V. dripping with the mercy found only in Christ. Though you've been wronged, or perhaps wronged another, there is cause for great hope. The hurt is not the deepest thing. Grace is deeper still.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1601428723
ISBN-13: 9781601428721

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Sometimes, Church Hurts
 
The Church, the Bride of Christ. That description conjures up images of radiant white bride, eyes sparkling with peace and harmony, right? Maybe that’s why it’s such a gut-punch when that Bride behaves more like a grade school bully or a hot tempered drill sergeant.
 
What do you do with that reality, a reality that sometime hurts? Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin aren’t interested in 140 characters of tweetable comfort. They’d rather share their own stories of being both the wounded and the wounder.  Plus they offer practical, yes-you-can-do-this steps to moving forward in those times not if, but when the Church hurts. 
 
Bride(zilla) of Christ is a verbal I.V. dripping with the mercy found only in Christ. Though you’ve been wronged, or perhaps wronged another, there is cause for great hope. The hurt is not the deepest thing. Grace is deeper still.

Author Bio

Ted Kluck has authored or co-authored over a dozen books, including the bestselling Why We’re Not Emergent. Kluck’s work has appeared in ESPN the Magazine, Sports Spectrum Magazine, and ESPN.com. He is an assistant professor at Union University and lives in Jackson, Tennessee, with his wife and sons. Ronnie Martin is an internationally known Dove Award–nominated recording artist with more than 20 album credits spanning three decades. He is lead pastor of Substance Church in Ashland, Ohio. He lives in Ashland with his wife and daughter.

Endorsements

"I love the way Ted's and Ronnie's perspectives and voices play off each other and support each other in this book. They provide honesty, humor, pointed commentary, earnestness, humility, and clarity. As someone who has been hurt by churches and who has doled out more hurt than I probably realize, I found Bride(zilla) uncomfortable but incredibly helpful therapy for my soul. Church leaders need this book. Those who have been hurt by churches need it too. I can't recommend it highly enough." - BARNABAS PIPER, author and podcast co-host of The Happy Rant with Ted and Ronnie

"This book was simultaneously all that I hoped and not at all what I expected. Without throwing the church under the bus or minimizing the hurt that can be caused in her midst, Kluck and Martin share their hearts, their scars, and great insights for believers who may be tempted to write off the church for good." - ZACHARY BARTELS, author of The Last Con and Playing Saint; pastor of Judson Baptist Church, Lansing, MI

"Rather than lamenting for a return to the early church through misplaced nostalgia, or recommending magic bullet solutions for the pain in the church, The Bride(zilla) of Christ offers insights into the true wounds of consumerism, individualism, and materialism with healing balm of a gracious gospel, community church, and winsome worldview. Ronnie Martin and Ted Kluck bring weighty matters of forgiveness, honesty, and unity in Christ to the forefront to help solve the crisis of church members wounding one another." - DANIEL MONTGOMERY, lead pastor of Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, KY; founder of the Sojourn Network; and author of Faithmapping, PROOF, and Leadership Mosaic

"With pastoral care and passion, Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin walk us through the joys and sorrows of being a part of the body of Christ. Through this helpful work, they clear the fog from our eyes to see with renewed wonder that the church's one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord." - MATT BOSWELL, pastor of ministries and worship, Providence Church, Frisco, TX; founder of Doxology & Theology

"Kluck and Martin have taken on a difficult task of addressing hurt within the church and have handled it with vulnerability and grace. They allow the truth of Scripture to be primary and encourage all of us to seek unity and reconciliation within the church." - BRAD HOUSE, executive pastor of ministries at Sojourn Community Church; author of Community: Taking Your Small Group Off Life Support

"Ted Kluck is one of faith literature's unsung heroes. Always authentic, always funny, and nothing short of your best friend on every page." - BRIAN IVIE, head of storytelling at Arbella Studios

Editorial Reviews

"I love the way Ted’s and Ronnie’s perspectives and voices play off each other and support each other in this book. They provide honesty, humor, pointed commentary, earnestness, humility, and clarity. As someone who has been hurt by churches and who has doled out more hurt than I probably realize, I found Bride(zilla) uncomfortable but incredibly helpful therapy for my soul. Church leaders need this book. Those who have been hurt by churches need it too. I can’t recommend it highly enough."
—Barnabas Piper, author and podcast co-host of The Happy Rant with Ted and Ronnie

"This book was simultaneously all that I hoped and not at all what I expected. Without throwing the church under the bus or minimizing the hurt that can be caused in her midst, Kluck and Martin share their hearts, their scars, and great insights for believers who may be tempted to write off the church for good."
—Zachary Bartels, author of The Last Con and Playing Saint; pastor of Judson Baptist Church, Lansing, MI

"Rather than lamenting for a return to the early church through misplaced nostalgia, or recommending magic bullet solutions for the pain in the church, The Bride(zilla) of Christ offers insights into the true wounds of consumerism, individualism, and materialism with healing balm of a gracious gospel, community church, and winsome worldview. Ronnie Martin and Ted Kluck bring weighty matters of forgiveness, honesty, and unity in Christ to the forefront to help solve the crisis of church members wounding one another."
—Daniel Montgomery, lead pastor of Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, KY; founder of the Sojourn Network; and author of Faithmapping, PROOF, and Leadership Mosaic

"With pastoral care and passion, Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin walk us through the joys and sorrows of being a part of the body of Christ. Through this helpful work, they clear the fog from our eyes to see with renewed wonder that the church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord."
—Matt Boswell, pastor of ministries and worship, Providence Church, Frisco, TX; founder of Doxology & Theology

"Kluck and Martin have taken on a difficult task of addressing hurt within the church and have handled it with vulnerability and grace. They allow the truth of Scripture to be primary and encourage all of us to seek unity and reconciliation within the church."
—Brad House, executive pastor of ministries at Sojourn Community Church; author of Community: Taking Your Small Group Off Life Support

"Ted Kluck is one of faith literature’s unsung heroes. Always authentic, always funny, and nothing short of your best friend on every page."
—Brian Ivie, head of storytelling at Arbella Studios

"Kluck and Martin ground their reflections on hurt with biblical and theological reflections, particularly utilizing the works of C.S. Lewis, and include practical advice on what to do when readers realize they've hurt others or have been hurt themselves. This is an engaging look from two distinct viewpoints on dysfunction within church communities." —Publishers Weekly

"A great read that should be the subject of intense study in every church on the globe." 
—Christian Market magazine

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  1. York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Hurts in the Church
    July 23, 2016
    gcw1
    York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    THE BRIDE(ZILLA) OF CHRIST

    What to do When Gods People Hurt Gods People

    By Ted Kluck & Ronnie Martin

    Hurt within the church body happen, it does not matter what church you attend, it happens. The people do the hurting. Sometimes they receive the hurt other times they do the hurting. People make up the church, each one will have their own ideas and opinions and this will cause problems if we let it. In this book, the two authors explore the hurt that can happen by others or by you. They share stories of many things that they know took place, either to them or to others. Some help is offered in handling the hurts and some Biblical references are offered.

    The types of hurts and personality conflicts that can take place because of self-centeredness, selfishness and wanting to be in charge are discussed.

    I thought some of the stories were too long and could have been done in a different way, however their point was made.

    The hurt is not the deepest thing. Grace is deeper still.

    I received this book free from Blogging for Books Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
  2. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Important Issues, Vital Read for Believers
    July 12, 2016
    Lady Bibliophile
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Probably reading that description conjured up times you've been hurt by others...or hurt others yourself. I once heard Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth say, we all take turns being the oppressor and being oppressed. In the complication of being hurt by believers, we can often occupy both positions at once.

    I think this is an important book. I've never read one like it thus far, addressing the issue of Christians hurting Christians. It's a prevalent issue, one that's swept under the rug. It's also one I've been learning about this year--the humility that giving and receiving forgiveness with fellow believers requires. Thus, I think it's a timely book. Whether it's a family member, a fellow church attendee, a friend, or even a leader in the national Church that you feel has let you down, this book gives much insight, challenge, and healing.

    It's not a sugary comfort book. It confronts you with your own sin in the process. If you haven't forgiven someone, it may be because you aren't understanding the Gospel yourself. Christ died for our unity. He suffered the anguish of the wrath of the Father so that we might be one body. We shouldn't cast aside that unity in anger, even with those who have wronged us.

    Forgiveness comes down to our understanding of the Gospel. If we cultivate an entitled spirit, then we're going to have a hard time with the unselfish service that forgiveness requires. We're going to think people owe us apologies and perfect behavior, when as Kluck and Martin say, all we are owed is the wrath of the Father.

    This book delves deep into Gospel, unity, and the darkness of an unforgiving heart. While offering comfort and understanding to the offended and the wounded, neither author leaves you in a shell of hurt. That's not where any Christian is supposed to stay.

    While sometimes Kluck's chapters seem to wander into side points and marginal rabbit trails, the book itself and the issues it addresses are vital ones. Christians are fellow sinners and are going to hurt me sometimes. I am a sinner too, and I am going to hurt them. Only in the cycle of repentance, forgiveness, and clinging to the Gospel can we maintain the unity that most glorifies our Lord. Being a bridezilla this side of the fall shouldn't take us by surprise. But we don't have to be at the mercy of our sin anymore, thanks to the sacrifice of our Savior.

    I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Dallas, Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A needful perspective on hurts and healing
    June 25, 2016
    Loretta
    Dallas, Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The sub-title sums up the purpose and whole gist of the book, "What to do when God's people hurt God's people." It is for people who have been hurt in the "church" by church people. It informs us that even though it's the "church", people are still imperfect, that the true Christian Church is still a necessary source of hope, growth and comfort. It is filled with nuggets, quotes that really mean a lot to one who is suffering from hurts they sustained in a church. It is a reminder that in all the "unresolved church issues, Who is still the Head of these sinful, imperfect people, so that we will return to Him. God still uses all these hurts to conform us into the image of His Son Jesus Christ. I am reminded of Philippians 1:6 "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

    It is written from a Pastor's perspective, who has been through these types of hurts. There are illustrations about the problems in the Church in Corinth and what kind of issues they had and how it parallels to today.

    In Chapter 3, Ted Kluck describes types of hurts, example, a pastors wife who is embroiled in a "Tyson/Holyfield ear biting match" with the Women's ministry. Despite the deep subject matter, it is written with some humor. It is infused with stories of various hurts and even failures from Pastor's points of view. Most importantly, the end Chapter by Ted Kluck deals with Restoration. He references one of my favorite authors, C. S. Lewis from his book "On Forgiveness" A great quote, "There's only been One innocent Person in the history of mankind, and He was shown no mercy and grace, so that we could be shown an Eternal supply of it."

    I would recommend this book to Pastors and people in the Church who have been struggling with offenses and hurts, and to those who are new to church and if an issues arises how to deal with it correctly.

    I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Realistic, Honest, Convicting
    June 9, 2016
    ldesherl
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is part memoir, part how-to. Its focus is on interpersonal conflict among those in the Christian community. Ted Kluck, one of the authors, is a professional writer. He has written or co-written many books. These include WHY WE'RE NOT EMERGENT, a bestseller. His work has appeared in ESPN THE MAGAZINE, SPORTS SPECTRUM MAGAZINE, and at ESPN.com. He's an assistant professor at Union University. Ronnie Martin is an internationally known Dove Award-nominated recording artist. He has more than 20 album credits that span three decades. He is the lead pastor of Substance Church. The authors open this book with their Prologues. They alternate chapters, over nine chapters. They end this book with Acknowledgements of those who made this book possible. Both authors include their credits. Then they wrap it all up with notes crediting outside sources they used.

    In the literary sense, I found this book very easy to read. I read it in two days. Emotionally, it's very hard to absorb. I didn't expect this book to be so convicting and focused on the inherent corruption and wickedness of the reader. This is true whether we are the ones being wounded or are doing the wounding. This isn't a soothing, feel-good book. I rather expected it to be. I have read other books on this same topic which were more soothing and less convicting than this book. As I read, I was taken back to hurts I experienced in the Christian community that were based on cliques, church politics and favoritism. In fact, our family left one congregation because of my interpersonal conflicts with some members whom I got to know really well. I fully agreed with the authors when they point out that we need to lower our expectations of fellow Christians. I do wish he had addressed the reality that not everyone who attends church possesses saving faith. Being part of a church fellowship doesn't make us believers. In fact, Rev. Billy Graham one said that he believes that only five percent of members in any American local church fellowship are true Christ-followers. He needed to point out that many people we attend church with may not know Christ. And that may be the biggest reason that they act unChristian--they don't have the Holy Spirit living inside them. But the authors are 100% right in asserting that we are to relate to people based on appreciating the underserved grace that God extends to us in His Son Jesus. Then with this appreciation of knowing that we are the recipients of God's grace, we extend this same grace to others. I would have liked to see more examples of the authors' principles but I understand they may have felt that the excluded them because of confidentiality, space and readability. One of the authors briefly mentioned "the horrors of abortion" as part of the depravity of our culture, which is behind church conflicts.

    I recommend this book for all pastors. Above all those in any congregation, they and their families have to deal with the Christian community. This book will give them talking points for preaching on interpersonal relationships in sermons. This book is for every Christian. We all need the foundation of the knowledge of God's grace toward us in the face of our sins and wrongs. Without this understanding, the principles in this book and in the Bible, are foolishness. There is no earthly reason to obey many of the Bible's precepts, except love for God and knowing His grace toward us. Because of bullying in schoold and online, a youth version of this book needs to be written.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through BloggingFor Books in exchange for my honest review of this book. The book I received was an uncorrected proof. It was not the finished product. I was not required to give a positive review of this book.
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