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In Wounded in the Church, Ray Beeson and Chris Howard combine their years of ministry experience to address head-on a commonly ignored or bypassed, though prevalent and devastating issue reality within the church—church members and church leaders who hurt their fellow Christians. The long-lasting effects left by such hurts and losses— rejection, shame, despair, loneliness, fear, or more— can be devastating and, so often, contribute to the rising number of "dones," those who are just done with God due to the scars left from the church.

Offering first-person accounts, Beeson and Howard provide a wake-up call for anyone who denies woundedness within the church, as well as a message of redemption for those who have been hurt from church wounds. Leaders and laypeople alike will learn how to grieve abuse, to leave unhealthy attitudes and patters that cause pain, and ultimately, to trust in God's real, delivering work through churches that build up rather than tear down.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1629118133
ISBN-13: 9781629118130

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Church should be a safe place, right? Then why do so many get hurt there?

Ray Beeson and Chris Hayward combine their years of ministry experience to address head-on the elephant in the room: church members and church leaders hurt Christians. All the time. And the long-lasting effects—rejection, shame, despair, loneliness, fear—can be devastating. The authors have witnessed the rise of the "dones," those who are just done with God thanks to scars from church.

With first-person stories of hurt and loss, this book is a wake-up call for any who deny woundedness in the church but is also a redemptive message for any who hurt from church wounds. Leaders and laypeople alike will learn how to grieve over abuse, to leave unhealthy attitudes and patterns that cause pain, and to trust in God’s real, delivering work through churches that build up, not tear down.

Thanks to the grace of God, there is always hope beyond the pain.

Author Bio

Ray Beeson is the director of Overcomers Ministries, a teaching ministry with a special emphasis on spiritual warfare and prayer. Ray teaches seminars on spiritual warfare, prayer, and Christlike living and is the author of numerous books including Signed in His Blood (Charisma House, 2014) and The Hidden Price of Greatness (Overcomers, 2000). Ray and his wife, Linda, live in Ventura, CA.
 
Chris Hayward has had over thirty-six years of pastoral ministry and is currently serving as president of Cleansing Stream Ministries, a discipleship ministry that works with the local church around the world. He is also the author of God’s Cleansing Stream (Chosen Books, 2004) and The End of Rejection (Chosen Books, 2007). Chris and his wife, Karen, live in Castaic, CA.
 

Editorial Reviews

"Chris Hayward and Ray Beeson are two of the most theologically balanced and spiritually sensitive leaders I know. Their experience and their impact in the body of Christ through their pastoral work and writings, as well as capable conference ministry, is known in many segments of the evangelical community. Their pastoral backgrounds highly qualify them as sensitive and wise communicators. I commend this book as a helpful resource for pastoral and group study, as well as a self-examining read for any church leaders wise enough to open their hearts to learn how to heal the hearts and souls of broken people."
—Jack W. Hayford
Chancellor
The King’s University
Southlake, TX

"There are multitudes of people from all walks of life suffering from deep wounds and great pain. They are seeking help, hope, healing, and happiness. When they turn to the church for answers they are often hurt worse rather than embraced, understood, and led through a healing process. Most churches are ill prepared to bring wholeness to these hurting individuals. Often the leadership of the church hinders rather than helps by not having been equipped to address the real issues at the source. Deliverance and inner healing are misunderstood by much of the church, and shunned, ignored or glossed over with holy-sounding answers. Wounded in the Church very accurately describes the seriousness of the issue, and pinpoints the existing need with many true-life examples. We are deeply indebted to Chris Hayward and Ray Beeson for exposing these problems, and especially for indicating ways to repair them. I love this book, and I know you will also!"
 
—Doris M. Wagner
Global Spheres, Inc.
Wife of C. Peter Wagner

"This book is long overdue. During my own years in pastoral ministry, I have seen and experienced everything described here. I remember well when my friend and brother in ministry, the author Ray Beeson, first began this project several years ago. Now, with the collaboration of Chris Hayward, they have together described ’abusive congregations’ at both the pastoral or leadership level and the congregational level. They describe so clearly the demonic culprit guaranteed to wound the body of Christ—the perfectionistic ’religious spirit’ which lies at the heart of all church abuse. The best part, however, is their presentation of biblical solutions. May the healing of the wounded in the church begin as Christ, the Master Healer, is exalted!"
—Jim Ayars
Pastor, Ventura Seventh Day Adventist Church
Ventura, CA
 

"Our churches and ministries are filled with hurting hearts—among them, those who too often have been wounded by the body of Christ itself. These are suffering souls we cannot ignore; problems we cannot sweep under the proverbial rug. We wound Christ when we wound others! Wounded in the Church is a powerful resource every church leader urgently needs. Filled with honest and heartbreaking stories, this book will open your eyes to the real emotional pain far too many are experiencing at the hands of those who should be loving them into the kingdom. Don’t miss this timely and life-transforming message. It’s needed now more than ever."
 
—Dr. Dick Eastman
International President
Every Home for Christ 

"’And one will say to him, "What are these wounds between your arms?" Then he will answer, ’Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends’ (Zechariah 13:6). Any real discussion of the various kinds of abuse that have taken place in the church must embrace this allusion to Christ’s suffering at the hands of God’s people. Chris Hayward and Ray Beeson have combined their many years of ministry to hurting people and produced an impressive discussion of the reality that exists in too many churches. It’s informative, instructive, and essential for those who believe that the church ought to be first and foremost a place of healing. Jeremiah 6:14 issues a strong rebuke from God, to those who have ’healed the hurt of My people slightly….’ This book is timely and critical to the ministry of healing."
—Bishop Joseph L. Garlington, Sr.
Founder and senior pastor, Covenant Church
Pittsburgh, PA

"The word church means ’a gathering.’ God’s people gather to fellowship and to strategize for war. But both of these types of gathering can create woundings. Ray Beeson and Chris Hayward have developed the best book for the ’wounded church.’ God’s Word tells us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves, but when we end up wounded, the spirit of rejection attempts to force us into isolation. Wounded in the Church will not only help you heal, but get you positioned for your future."
 
—Dr. Chuck D. Pierce
President, Global Spheres Inc.
President, Glory of Zion Intl.  

"Thank you, Ray and Chris, for writing a book which explores the many areas where God’s people may experience hurts and wounds in churches and religious communities. A pastor recently said to me, ’If you as a pastor are not sensitive to the hearts of your people, then you are not in the right calling.’ Above all else, the gathering of believers should be a safe place, where people find hope for restoration. As a cancer survivor I know every individual goes through dark seasons, and during those times a patient, gentle love is the greatest treasure to be found in the believing community. God is a God of restoration and healing!"
—Julie A. Dawson
Youth With A Mission
Wife of John Dawson, International President of YWAM

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  1. Carole Jarvis
    Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    In depth study of the topic
    August 9, 2017
    Carole Jarvis
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    Christians wound their own, and most of us probably know someone who has been hurt or even turned away from God and the church because of this. I dont understand why we cant forgive as weve been forgiven and freely offer the same grace that weve received. Many Christians do, but not all and its those who dont that seem to get the most attention.

    Wounded in the Church, a book that explores this topic in great depth, would be great for personal use and also as a resource for pastors and church leaders. The authors divide this topic into two parts The Pain and The Hope. Its well written, incorporates a lot of real-life examples, and is solidly Scripture based. I loved the meditative ending of each chapter, which includes a proverb and Psalms for the Wounded section.

    This book is not only helpful to those who have been hurt by other Christians, but eye opening in showing how we could unintentionally be the actual ones wounding others at times. I would like for it to have had more of a personal focus rather than on the established church, but this book still has many strong points. Wounded in the Church is well worth the reading.

    Recommended.

    I was provided a free copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
  2. Debbie Wilder
    Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A deep look at a very difficult subject.
    August 8, 2017
    Debbie Wilder
    Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    The authors start by addressing the fact that many are wounded in the church and this issue needs to be addressed so people can find healing. They then take the time to focus on a few of the ways that this wounding occurs. It is very clearly laid out and dealt with.

    I found the first section of the book to be very hard to read. It brought back memories of wounds that I received from those in leadership in churches I attended in the past. I really appreciate the fact that they then went on in part 2 of the book to discuss the hope that we have to be healed from those wounds. They carefully lay out steps that need to be taken without making it a canned approach to wholeness.

    The one thing that I really love is the fact that they make it very clear the first step to healing is KNOWING that our identity is in Christ! Everything else presented is built upon this foundation.

    The other thing that I was very happy to see was how much scripture they use to explain the points that they were making.

    I received a free copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.

    Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
  3. Annelr
    Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Thanks to the grace of God, there is always hope beyond the pain.
    July 31, 2017
    Annelr
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    Age: Over 65
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    Wounded in the Church by Ray Beeson and Chris Hayward is a theologically sound book, written about a difficult subject. With a combined total of more than 70+ years of experience in Christian ministry, these authors pull no punches in discussing the fact that people are wounded in the church and with this commentary are increasing awareness in the hopes of bringing repentance, forgiveness, change and the hope of healing. The book is written clearly and simply with specific examples of individuals from all walks of life who have encountered negativity, demands for perfection and emotional pain from people in a church setting. The book is organized into two sections, one defining the pain and the second highlighting the hope of healing, acceptance, and restoration through the love of Jesus Christ. Each chapter is steeped in scripture and ends with a Proverb and Psalms for the Wounded. One particular chapter, Will I ever get past the pain?, has a very powerful message of hope, of coming to know that the past that might have paralyzed one's life does not have to define the future. Understanding your identity in Christ, taking every thought captive, being full of courage, and learning to forgive are important keys to moving past the pain. Another chapter I found helpful was one that lists cliches (e.g. "you're too damaged to serve the Lord."), incomplete or confusing statements others may state (e.g. "Just trust God."), and statements a person might tell himself (e.g. "I've sinned so much God won't save me."). With each of the statements listed the authors give answers and scriptures to unmask the deception of the statements and show the truth from God's Word. The church should be a safe place where people can not only survive but thrive, where individuals can experience reconciliation, not division and yet the church is made up of people...people who are not perfect. This informative and enlightening book gives hurting individuals hope that finding a sense of love, compassion, and acceptance in a church setting is possible...hope that is realized when the body of Christ offers His love and ministers healing in His name. Wounded in the Church is timely and church leaders and laymen alike will benefit from its message. I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
  4. MaryAnn
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Insightful guide
    July 29, 2017
    MaryAnn
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    This book contains many sad stories of people hurt by Christians and church leaders--the very ones who should be showing Christ's abundant love to the world. I found much of the first half depressing because it was hard to read so many painful accounts. But throughout the text are helpful tidbits and hopeful Scriptures. The latter part, especially the final chapter, is more positive and filled with useful information and ways to counteract the negativity. Let's help heal the wounded. This book provides suggestions on how to work toward this worthy goal. It also causes readers to evaluate their own attitudes and actions. Although I may not totally agree with all the strongly stated points, I found this worthy of reading and application. Two appendices are found at the end. I especially appreciate the 101 Principles for Living in the Kingdom of Light. I received this book from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.
  5. CherylB1987
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    Eyeopener!
    July 28, 2017
    CherylB1987
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    WOUNDED IN THE CHURCH by Ray Beeson & Chris Hayward. This book is an eyeopener. It makes one stop and think no matter if you are the one that has been wounded or you are the person causing it. This is a book that should be read by all who claim to be a Christian and those who are a Christian. Great read. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4.0 stars!
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