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Why should churches heal? Does your church touch the lives of broken people and bring healing to their hearts? How does a church become that healing force that glorifies God and impacts whole communities? In a desperately hurting world full of toxic relationships, crippled values, and mutilated morality, lives are crying out for real healing -- not drug-induced solutions, not psychobabble Band-Aids, but authentic answers that heal the heart, soul, mind, and strength. There is only one source for such healing power. The Church that was built on the One who said to the world, "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened." The question is not can we become a church that heals shattered lives but will we. Doug Murren, in this insightful, inspiring, and instructive book, reveals why and how you can become a healing force in your neighborhood, community, and the world.
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Studio: Howard Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2003
Publisher Howard Books
ISBN 1582293015 ISBN13 9781582293011
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More About Doug Murren
Doug Murren is director of Square One Ministries and the author of more than thirteen books covering a wide variety of genres. Doug is an ordained minister with the Free Methodist denomination. He and his wife, Lori, are a team in leading Square One. He and Lori live in Sammamish, Washington.
Doug Murren currently resides in the state of Washington. Doug Murren was born in 1951.
Reviews - What do customers think about Churches That Heal: Becoming a Church That Mends Broken Hearts and Restores Shattered Lives?
Churches that Heal May 21, 2004
I recommend this book because it is Biblical in content, Basic in communication, and Believable in character restoration and reconcilation. Pastors, Denominational leaders, and Christian Education workers alike, can benefit from the inspired guidelines the author gives, along with his own victory over personal "giants" that he himself overcame; giving him the experience to write about this all important subject matter.
This is what the church should be all about... Apr 24, 2003
My relationship with Jesus has made an impact in my life, and it's brought me renewal and healing. This is the same thing that I want to see in the church today -- people finding healing and restoration. Unfortuntately the church is often a "toxic" environment without acceptance of each other and without real intimate sharing of love and true heart-felt fellowship. But, that's what the gospel is all about! Bringing people forgiveness and reconcilation to their heavenly father and to each other. This is what God wants the church to become!
Pastor Murren's book gives excellent guidelines on how to change the local body to become a church that can make an impact on people. He points out the messy problems that bringing true healing to people entails, and helps you to sight on the long-term goals, rather than the short-term problems. He also brings a lot of real-world examples (both positive and negative) that show how powerfully the Spirit can move in the church as well as bad-examples to avoid. Pastor Murren is transparent and talks about his own problems and short-comings, and his advice helps you to see your own problems, but how God can still work and use you and your church for His work. I found his book very useful and see it as a great resource for doing ministry in the 21st century
A Must Book for Rebuilding a Church Feb 2, 2000
Many churches are struggling to find a way to reach the people of their community. This book reminds us that the focus should be on ministering to the broken. Doug provides practical advice on how to accomplish this. Our local church is in disarray and searching for a new pastor. I found this book to provide some practical insight as to the characteristics that we should strive for in rebuilding our church and selecting a pastor. It should be prayfully read by every pastor and deacon. It describes the focus that the local church needs to be relevant to the 21st century.
A Book That Reminds You What Church is Supposed To Be Like Dec 16, 1999
In a down-to-earth and honest manner, Murren reminds us of the Church's purpose and call to those in need. His stories and personal experiences, when matched with biblical truths, are a genuine reminder of how churches should operate. This book not only initiated my own introspection into how I deal with others, but offered biblical direction into how I should deal with others. Overall a very valuable read.