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From Hurt to Healing: A Theology of the Wounded [Paperback]

By Andrew S. Park (Author)
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At any gathering, you will likely see both abusers and victims. In Christian theology, we have approached these two very different types of people with a single solution. Having drawn a map of salvation for sinners, we ignore the victims, making it their responsibility to find their way back to peace. Park argues it is time for the church and its theology to remedy this situation by using an Asian religious concept called han--the psychic and spiritual pain caused by unjust oppression--as a way of healing the wounds of abuse and violence.

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Look around at any gathering--whether it be a sporting event, a civic meeting, or a worship service--and you will likely see representatives of two groups of people. On one hand there will be someone who has caused grievous harm to another person by physical mistreatment, emotional abuse, sexual victimization, violence, or any number of other ways. On the other hand will be those who have been harmed by just these same evils.

While the two groups are inextricably linked, and while it is far too often the case that an individual can be both abused and abuser, nonetheless the two groups stand before God with very different sets of needs. In Christian theology, however, we have approached these very different sets of personal situations with one vocabulary and one solution. Traditionally, we have had only the language of sin to describe these very different human predicaments. What's more, we have offered but one solution to the problem, the two-way transaction of God's forgiveness of sinners. Yet when one person harms another, that action not only violates God's will, but also unleashes anguish and misery in the victim, scarring his or her soul. We are right to speak of the sinner's need of forgiveness, but we have forgotten to take the next step: to seek healing for the victims. Having drawn the map of salvation for sinners, we have left it to those who have been sinned against to find their own way to wholeness and peace.

Andrew Sung Park argues that it is time for the church and its theology to face this issue and work toward its remedy. It is time to give a name to the suffering of those who have been sinned against and to seek their healing. He proposes that the Korean religious term han can serve as an instrument in this endeavor. While it is an intricate concept, in short han can be defined as the psychic and spiritual hurt caused by unjust oppression and suffering. As the church seeks to play its distinctive role in healing the wounds of abuse and violence, the idea of han can be a powerful tool. It can allow pastors and other caregivers to explore the depths of anguish that victims experience. It can illustrate the fact that, having sinned against their victims as well as against God, the perpetrators of violence and abuse must seek salvation not only by asking for God's forgiveness, but also by working for the healing of those they have wronged.

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Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 6.48" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.69 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2004
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
Edition  New  
ISBN  0687038812  
ISBN13  9780687038817  

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Good news for those hurt by sin  Apr 19, 2007
God offers good news to the sinner---forgiveness for our sin. God also offers good new to those hurt by sin---healing from our woundedness. Andrew Sung Park believes that the church has excelled at calling people to repentance from their sin, but has failed at offering healing to those wounded by sin.

Park offers the word "han" from his Korean heritage to describe the deep wound of victims. Han is the woundedness caused by sin.

In order for all people to receive the wholeness and holiness of God the church must both call sinners to repentance and proclaim healing for victims of sin. Park gives us language to speak of the deep wounds that sin causes in people, and reminds us to work for the healing of those wounded by sin.

I find From Hurt to Healing to be a compelling call to care for those in our congregations who have been victimized by others' sin. Park has given me language to speak of the terrible hurts that sin causes. This alone is worth reading this book.
Healing As Salvation  Apr 15, 2007
The thesis of Andrew Park's work is that Christianity has limited its ability to heal broken hearts and wounded spirits by limiting its theology to the "sin-repentance-salvation" model. He points out that Jesus spent far more time healing the sick and wounded than calling sinners to repentance. It requires his whole book to develop the concepts of guilt, shame, anger, justice, confession, reconciliation etc. Even those with theological training will find these discussions inspiring, and useful.

This book properly belongs under the head of practical theology. It is a masterful synthesis of wisdom and revelation. The understandings are basic to effective pastoral ministry whether one is involved in the task of proclamation or of personal work and counseling.

I highly recommend this book to anyone involved in Christian ministry. The principles are universal and need to be adapted to children's ministries, family ministries, youth ministry, church polity, evangelism etc.
Even the Vicim can be a Sinner  Mar 2, 2007
From Hurt To Healing
Andrew Sung Park

Andrew Sung Park writes with passion, a passion born out of his own experience. In his introduction he shares the story of his own mother whom he says "spent more time grappling with the issues of her wounds than she did her sin." This though seems to be what gives power to the rest of the book. Park is wanting to take the side of the wounded, and help them find healing. If one persons finds help from this book, he says he will be pleased. This is admirable, but much of this book troubles me.
I hesitate as, because I do sympathize with those who are abused, oppressed, and wounded. However, Park seems to suggest that God is more concerned with the victim than the victimizer. I believe God cares for all men, and offers forgiveness and salvation to all who come to Him.
Park attempts to reduce the Gospel, and the New Testament for that matter to a formula for assisting the wounded, those suffering from "han" a Korean word for the wounded. Park uses a term that troubled me tremendously, he spoke of the paralysed man and his "false sin-consciousness" . While I do think we can have false grief, sin-consciousness has only one source, the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Park tries to hard to prove his point about "han" and ends up asking us to accept a whole new concept that I am not sure stands up to the truth of God's Holy Word.
This is a challenging book. I believe in the Gospel there is healing for the wounded, I am just not sure Andrew Sung Park has done a very good job of sharing that with us. I would say that his chapter on forgiveness is perhaps the highlight of the book.
Contending for the Wounded  Mar 2, 2007
From Hurt to Healing: A Theology of the Wounded, by Andrew Sung Park, offers students of the Christian Scriptures a much needed interpretation on behalf of those persons suffering from han: emotional anguish, soul suffering. Much gospel preaching concentrates on announcing the good news of God's forgiveness through Jesus Christ to all of us who have sinned. In addition to this traditional emphasis (or, one may suggest, instead of this traditional emphasis), Park also issues a call for us to consider the Scripture's good news for those among us who are victims of others' neglect and abuse - the sinned against.

In order to construct his argument that God's priority is actually for the wounded, the shamed, and the offended over against guilty offenders in need of the forgiveness of God and others, Park goes to great lengths to interpret and, in significant ways, reinterpret the traditional understanding of the primary message of the gospel: namely, God's forgiveness for sinners. Parks is right (and quite convincing) in his contention that Christians must understand and underscore the Scripture's concern for the wounded of this world. At the same time, though, one may rightly question the theological lengths to which Park goes to swing the pendulum in favor of his thesis.

I would recommend the book to anyone who has ever wondered whether the Bible has more to offer the suffering and abused than most of us preachers have been delivering. As an interpreter and proclaimer of the Christian message, I certainly benefited from engaging the tenets set forth by Parks. For those not interested in wrestling with the major theological reconstruction that Parks builds to support his passionate and much needed defense for the wounded, though, the book may enrage more than enlighten. Yet I would still suggest serious consideration of his important convictions on behalf of those who are suffering.
From Hurt to Healing  Mar 2, 2006
Andrew Sung Park has written a book that offers an insightful look into the deep seeded woundedness of people described by the Korean concept of Han-a term that attempts to explain the experience of pain. Park offers a call to religious leaders to be sensitive to the wounded and the victimized. However, I am troubled by a number of issues in this book.
The author suggests that God is primary for the victimized and not the victimizer. God is for anyone who is willing to follow Him and do His will. His spirit seeks to save everyone who is lost: rich, poor, male, female, liberal, conservative, black, white, victim, or victimizer.
Park's view of salvation being for the sinner and liberation being for the wounded creates an unnecessary separation. Everyone is a sinner needing God's grace and forgiveness. Furthermore, a great number of the victimizers are people who have been deeply wounded themselves and are, in turn, wounding others from their area of Han.
Another area of concern I have is the author's description of "resistance and repentance." This investigation deals with Jesus' teachings concerning turning the other cheek, going the extra mile, and giving away your coat. Park paints a picture of Jesus with an "in your face" attitude that is not consistent with how Jesus lived His life and how he demonstrated radical love to those who persecuted Him.
The premise of liberation for the wounded is the focus of this book, but this writing too heavily weights the wounded and ends up narrowly defining the work of Jesus on the cross, the love of God for all people, and the salvation-sanctification process accessible to everyone.

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