Understanding Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Ministry Leaders and Survivors
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Understanding Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Ministry Leaders and Survivors

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It is said that the true test of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members. As many as one in four girls and one in six boys experience sexual abuse during childhood, and it’s estimated that as many as half of the incidents are never reported. This means that countless millions in our societies, both children and adults, carry this complex, often hidden pain. What does the path to healing look like for survivors? And how can ministry leaders, pastors, and counselors best help them as they walk this difficult road?

Drawing on both his own experience and his wife's experience as survivors of childhood sexual abuse, minister and lecturer Tim Hein offers his expertise, practical guidance, and empathy both for ministry leaders and for survivors themselves. How can we best respond when a survivor shares their secret with us? Where can survivors turn for encouragement when the road to recovery seems so long and lonely? Hein presents clinical data and resources alongside pastoral wisdom and care, addressing both psychological and spiritual aspects of sexual abuse.

Both for those who have suffered sexual abuse and those in a position to help them, this book is a rich resource. Filled with both sober truths and the hope of Christ, it calls survivors to take courage and walk unafraid down the road of healing.

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Title: Understanding Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Ministry Leaders and Survivors
By: Tim Hein, Debra Hirsch
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 193
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 9 ounces
ISBN: 0830841350
ISBN-13: 9780830841356
Stock No: WW841356

Author Bio

Tim Hein is vice principal and director of discipleship at Uniting College for Leadership and Theology in Adelaide, Australia. He is an ordained minister in the Uniting Church in Australia and speaks and preaches regularly on the Christian faith. He lives in Adelaide with his wife, Priscilla.


Deb Hirsch is a speaker, church leader, and writer who has led churches in both Australia and Los Angeles. She is one of the founders of Forge Mission Training Network and is a member of the Forge America national team. She is the coauthor (with Alan Hirsch) of Untamed, and her book Redeeming Sex reflects her own journey and attempts to bring new conversations about sexuality into the context of the church. Deb has been involved in social work, community development and as a trained counselor has worked in the field of sexuality for over twenty-five years. She and her husband live in community with others in Los Angeles.

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"Tim Hein's Understanding Sexual Abuse is a useful guide to the psychology of the abused and to ways churches can help."

-- Marvin Olasky, World Magazine, March 17, 2018

" Understanding Sexual Abuse is a short, but realistic book. Realistic not only about the pain of sexual abuse, but about the hope for healing. Given how widespread the problem of sexual abuse is, pastors and other church leaders will benefit from reading it and knowing how to serve the victims in their congregations."

-- Influence Magazine April 10, 2018

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