Renewed: A 40-Day Devotional For Healing From Church Hurt And For Loving Well In Ministry
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Renewed is a forty-day devotional for women in ministry, ministry wives, and lay leaders who have been wounded by their congregations. You are not alone. God sees your pain. He knows your hurts. And he is waiting to bind up your broken heart. This forty-day journey into the healing love of Jesus will help you find the courage to stop hiding and start loving the church again.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: FaithWords
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1478975458
ISBN-13: 9781478975458

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RENEWED is a devotional providing healing for those in ministry who have been hurt in the church.

Ministry is a privilege, but it can also be a painful experience. Unrealistic expectations, church conflict, forced resignations, and our own struggles with burnout, loneliness, and insecurity can make church feel more like a place of wounding than a place of healing. How can wounded leaders find the courage to reject bitterness and keep loving the church?

RENEWED is a forty-day devotional for women in ministry, ministry wives, and lay leaders who have been wounded by their congregations. You are not alone. God sees your pain. He knows your hurts. And he is waiting to bind up your broken heart. This forty-day journey into the healing love of Jesus will help you find the courage to stop hiding and start loving the church again.

Author Bio

LEIGH POWERS has been in full-time ministry for the past 15 years, and is a pastor's wife and devoted Bible student. Leigh's works have been published in MomSense, Just Between Us, Seek, Penned From the Heart, and at (in)courage.me. She has written over 100 Bible study lessons for publishers such as BaptistWay Press, Smyth & Helwys, and Union Gospel Press. She earned her MDiv at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Editorial Reviews

"I absolutely love this book. Leigh is honest, candid, raw, and open. I don't know a pastor's wife anywhere who hasn't been where she's been. I also don't know many who are bold enough to express their thoughts and feelings the way Leigh has expressed them. I love most that when Leigh struggled with her faith, she chose to press in to God rather than run away. As a pastor's wife who's had to learn to love the church over the long haul, I am grateful for this book!"—Leighann McCoy, pastor's wife and author of Spiritual Warfare for Women, A Woman's Guide to Hearing God's Voice, and Taking Responsibility for the Choices We Make
"Being a pastor's wife has simultaneously been one of my greatest joys and my greatest struggles. When I've experienced hurts and heartaches, I haven't known what to do beyond turning to the Lord. That's why I'm grateful for Leigh Powers. In RENEWED, she offers us a knowing heart and a guiding hand as we seek the Lord's healing, something we all will need at some point in ministry."—Christine Hoover, author of The Church Planting Wife and Messy Beautiful Friendship
"As a pastor's wife, daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter, I related to every single word in Leigh's book. Someone in my family has experienced just about every worst-case scenario imaginable in ministry. But one of the most beautiful parts of being part of a family with well over 100 years of ministry experience is hearing the stories of restoration, of redemption, of reconciliation. Leigh's stories coupled with biblical truth offer all of us in ministry a tool for moving through the hard seasons and celebrating the hope we have in Christ. This book belongs on the bedside table of every pastor's wife."—Teri Lynne Underwood, writer, speaker, and author of Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They Need Most
"Being in ministry can be a joy, but it can also bring about pain and loneliness. Leigh Powers, a pastor's wife, shares from her heart with honesty and transparency about the struggles of being on a church staff. I found myself saying, 'Yes, I've felt and thought those exact things.' But Leigh doesn't just share about the struggles; she shares how to walk through those difficult times by being honest with God and allowing Him to heal the hurts that are inevitable in ministry. This is a must-have book for not only those in full-time ministry, but for every Christian."—Crickett Keeth, Director of Women's Ministry at First Evangelical Church, author of The Gift of Rest, and co-author of Sumatra with the Seven Churches
"RENEWED is written from the heart with transparent, authentic emotion as Leigh Powers shares her wounds from the fierce battles of ministry through the instrument of prayer taken straight from her prayer journal. But then -- and this is what I love -- Leigh takes her story and reflects God's light on the hurt through His Word. She shares wisdom and insight into how the relevant scripture impacts and transforms the difficult place into a watershed of God's grace. Each of the 40 devotions end in a prayer and an opportunity for the reader to contemplate her own life, her own wounds and lay them honestly at the feet of Jesus where He can take their despair, infuse it with His hope, and bring healing to His faithful servant. Have you been wounded by the church, especially due to ministry? RENEWED will take you straight to the throne of grace where your painful places can be soothed and healed by the Father's love."
Nan Jones, pastor's wife of 31 years, speaker, and author of The Perils of a Pastor's Wife
"Leigh Power's RENEWED gripped me from the start and held me through forth days of help and healing. It is honest and refreshing."
Bob Hostetler, author of Life Stinks... And Then You Die
"Practical, honest, down-to-earth, and inspirational. Those are the words I'd use to describe Leigh Powers' book, RENEWED. I only wish it had been available when I was starting out two decades ago as a ministry leader and pastor's wife! I highly recommend it as an encouraging and much-needed resource."
Dena Dyer, speaker, coach, and author/co-author of ten books including Love at First Fight: 52 Story-Based Meditations for Married Couples

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  1. JS McCabe
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Renewed: A book for your "must read" shelf-especially if you are a pastor's wife
    December 9, 2017
    JS McCabe
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Leigh Powers has written a book that every Christian should read and especially those in ministry. The church is a place of hope, worship, friendship and freedom, yes, but it can also be a place of weariness, worry, strife and anxiety. As a pastor's wife of over eighteen years I consider myself a veteran. We've served in tiny little places and large places. My husband has spoken in front of ten and in front of two thousand and through it all there has been triumph and tension, peace and pain, and we've felt the sting of rejection and the deep wounding that can come from those you are trying to lead, love, and serve.

    When I started this devotional my heart was very much in a place of grief. We had just left the church where we'd spent the last seven years. I'd developed friendships within our church family and was deeply invested in many relationships and as with too many fellow pastors and their wives we became a target. My husband was slow to leave until we knew the Lord was releasing us and when He did it came with great relief and also a lot of hurt.

    Opening the pages of Renewed I knew immediately that this was written by someone who had walked this same rocky journey. A fellow warrior on the front lines of ministry that had experienced deep wounding. Through her words I found myself feeling less alone and was relieved to know that I was not the only person who ever wrestled with feelings of doubt, sadness, disappointment and disillusionment. But the best part, and the part I needed so badly, was the truth in scripture that pushed past the pain and into healing.

    I've heard it said over and over that any situation can make us better or bitter and I felt that this author opened the door to allow me to see that better is right around the corner.

    Leigh said it and we know it, "Church people can be mean." (Leigh Powers, Renewed, Page 21) This from chapter eleven also resonated deep within me, "...my pain seems like a safer place than the risky journey of forgiveness." And some clarity and freedom came as I read on page 77, "...remember love and honor are free. Trust and respect are earned. There may be people in our lives whom we grant love and forgiveness and honor as God's creation but can't trust with our lives and hearts..."

    This is a forty-day devotional that can be heart healing. If you've ever felt the hurt handed you by fellow Christians I urge you to read this work.

    Thank you Leigh for your willingness to be transparent and allowing the Lord to use your pain to reach out to others in our Fishbowl sisterhood.

    I was blessed to have been given an advanced copy of this book and to be asked to review it and after reading it I bought copies to give to a couple of friends. This book has touched a sore spot within me and I am grateful to know I am not a sole traveler on this journey to healing.
  2. Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Not Just For Those In Ministry - Wisdom And Strength For All Women
    December 9, 2017
    Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Renewed: A 40-Day Devotional For Healing From Church Hurt And For Loving Well In Ministry by Leigh Powers is a 40-day journey through the hurts and aches of ministry, including anger, failure, resentment, selfishness and more. Containing personal stories both from her own experiences and that of others, Leigh candidly discusses the setbacks and bumps along the road to being a pastor's wife. Each day has a main focal story, scripture, a Biblical account for similar struggles, and a prayer to help you push in closer to God through your hardships and pain.

    Reminding all women that they are not alone in their trials, this book (though intended for women in ministry leadership roles) is a powerful asset for all women who have dealt with hurts or heartache at the hand of others within the Christ body.

    Laid out with beautiful progression to help you work your way from pain and anger into a place of gratitude and grace, I would highly recommend working your way through this devotional one day at a time, in the order set forth. However, after reading through its powerful messages, this is one you'll definitely want to keep on the shelf to be able to read a day here and there as new situations arise to bring up past or present sorrows that need addressing. With each day given appropriately clear titles, such as "Lord, I Feel Betrayed", it is easy to find help for so many common issues within your daily relationships with God, others, and yourself. 5/5 stars.

    *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
  3. Pam
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Renewed
    December 9, 2017
    Pam
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a refreshingly honest and inspiring book RENEWED has been for me. Even though the book is designed as a 40 day journey, I had thought I would be able to quickly read through it in a week. But the way it drove me to reflection made my journey longer but completely worth it. After being a ministry partner for more than 35 years, I can only say I wish I had read it 35 years ago and then reread it once a year. I will be sharing this book with friends new to ministry and others who have loved the church and ministry but who have carried scars that still need healing.
  4. Ramona
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Renewed: A 40-Day Devotional For Healing From Church Hurt And For Loving Well In Ministry
    November 28, 2017
    Ramona
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a blessing to pastors' wives! It's like she's been reading my diary -- each devotional identifies with the emotions we may be feeling, shares encouragement and insight from God's word regarding that specific pain, followed by prayer and action steps that lead to healing. It's not just fluff some one threw together to market to pastors' wives. It's good stuff. And I imagine it will help many, many pastors' wives to heal. (I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes, and then I bought several more to share with others because I liked it so much.)
  5. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    For wives of pastors and other paid church staff
    November 25, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This is a book aimed primarily at wives of ministers. Powers is a pastor's wife and she laments in the first ten devotionals as she shares examples of the hurts she has experienced. She is honest in her feelings. "God, I don't like you right now." (6) She suggests we don't hide from God when we are angry at him. She wants us to pour our feelings, like she does. Then be silent and wait, she says.

    The next ten devotionals are ones to help readers deal with the hurt. Powers writes about forgiveness, even when she doesn't feel like forgiving. "Choose blessing over bitterness.' (72) Then follows ten devotions on reorienting one's self toward God, with good teaching on worship, prayer, and hope. "You are the God who fights for me." (107) The last ten devotionals encourage readers to love again, trusting God to heal the heart. "Don't give up on the church." (138)

    Powers uses her own experiences and passages from Scripture for her teaching. Each devotion has a personal story, Scripture example and teaching for reflection, a written prayer, and thoughts for further contemplation.

    This book is for wives of ministers who have been hurt by people in the congregation. I had hoped the book would also be for those who volunteer in ministry but the text relates by far to paid staff, ministers and their wives. Laypeople and volunteers in ministry who have been hurt in a church experience may have difficulty relating to the specific slant of the devotions.

    I do recommend this book to pastors' wives. You'll find honest expression of hurt and sincere and encouraging writing about healing, restoration, and continued ministry.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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