Item description for Restoring the Soul of a Church: Healing Congregations Wounded by Clergy Sexual Misconduct (From The Interfaith Sexual Traum) by Mark Laaser & Nancy Myer Hopkins...
Overview The Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute has commissioned this pastoral work which focuses on the healing of congregations following clergy sexual misconduct. The book discusses the original problem of sexual misconduct and exploitation and then focuses on those neglected "secondary" victims of abuse: the congregation, the wider community, other clergy, the wider church, the offender's family, and the pastor who takes over.
Publishers Description This book focuses on the healing of congregations and "secondary" victims, such as the community, other clergy, the wider Church, the offender's family, and the pastor who must take over for an offending pastor. It also discusses the original problem of sexual misconduct and exploitation.
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Studio: Liturgical Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2000
Publisher Liturgical Press
Series From The Interfaith Sexual Traum
ISBN 0814623336 ISBN13 9780814623336
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More About Mark Laaser & Nancy Myer Hopkins
Mark Laaser, MDiv, PhD, is the founder of Faithful & True, a Christian-based counseling center in Minneapolis, specializing in sexual addiction. Dr. Laaser is regarded as the leading sexual addiction authority in the Christian counseling community. He is author of many books, including Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction, Becoming a Man of Valor, Taking Every Thought Captive, and The 7 Principles of Highly Accountable Men.
Mark Laaser currently resides in Chanhassen, in the state of Minnesota.
Reviews - What do customers think about Restoring the Soul of a Church?
Extremely helpful for congregations and pastors Apr 14, 2007
When I first read this book, in the confusing time of having found out about undisclosed clergy sexual misconduct in my first parish, I finished it at 3 a.m. without stopping. The craziness of the congregation, the way that the bishop had covered up, the way that the evidence of the abuse was making itself known in parish interactions among people who hadn't even been there at the time, all of it, including me, my spouse, and the congregational members and even the abused were clearly "known" and understood by those who wrote this book. Without it, I might not have been able to lead the congregation through the time of disclosure and healing that was so necessary for them, and also for me as the pastor. Get it. It's not a book to stay in the library. It's a book to be used in any congregation where there was an intimation of clergy sexual misconduct even in what might seem to be in the far distant past.
VERY HELPFUL!!!! Nov 18, 2006
This is an extremely helpful volume for understanding clergy sexual misconduct on the offender's family, the church family, and other clergy (including the after-pastor). This book helps one recognize and identify congregational dynamics and has helpful suggestions of how to address such a situation.