Release date April 1, 2010
Heather has been sexually abused…
by her uncle…
for four years…
She has an appointment with you today at 4:30. What will you say? What will you do?
Infertility, divorce, domestic abuse, eating disorders, same sex attraction . . . They have become part of a day’s work for women and men in ministry.
Yet, no one prepared you for this aspect of ministry to women. Shepherding Women in Pain is the resource urgently needed for those ministering to women today.
A physical wound is more quickly healed under the care of a physician who has both the medical understanding of how the body responds to injuries and the skill to provide an antiseptic environment for healing. In a similar way, an emotional wound is more likely to heal in the care of shepherds who understand the critical aspects of the “injury” and the appropriate insights that foster healing.
Shepherding Women in Pain is a book designed to give shepherds and other care givers a greater understanding of the specific issues that cause women emotional pain. This clear understanding generates key insights necessary for effective shepherding.
Shepherding Women in Pain addresses specific issues that will be encountered by pastors, church leaders, counselors, co-workers, neighbors, friends and family. Three strategic questions are addressed in three segments of the book.
I. What the woman in pain wants to know
- How can I stop the pain?
- When will life be normal again?
- What does healing look like?
- Where is God in the pain?
II. What the shepherd needs to know
Sixteen issues are addressed in these chapters, written by experts in their field of ministry.
III. What the healing community wants to know
- Environments of grace offer acceptance
- Wounded healers reflect God’s power
- Authentic soul care givers generate health
- Communities of support bring hope
These chapters also provide examples of healing communities, how they were birthed.
Shepherding Women in Pain is unique in that it provides concise and strategic information designed specifically for people who want to assist women in dealing constructively with the trauma of their life experiences. This book provides needed information in an easily accessible format. It will serve as a key resource –read and re-read often–on the desks of men and women who intentionally identify themselves as caring friends, leaders, teachers and shepherds.
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