Item description for Letters to a Devastated Christian: Healing for the Brokenhearted by Gene Edwards...
Overview Damaged by the domination of an overly authoritative Christian group, Ken finds himself a troubled young man with many questions. Ken's experience is representative of the large number of individuals who have been hurt by different Christian movements during the last decade. In Letters to a Devastated Christian, Gene Edwards explores the different techniques practiced by Christian groups who demand extreme submission and passivity from their members. The book's final chapters include some very personal and practical letters to those who have left such groups only to be faced with the difficult tasks of dealing with bitterness and resentment and rebuilding their faith and trust.
Publishers Description Damaged by the domination of an overly authoritative Christian group, Ken finds himself a troubled young man with many questions. Ken's experience is representative of the large number of individuals who have been hurt by different Christian movements during the last decade.
In Letters to a Devastated Christian, Gene Edwards explains the different techniques practiced by Christian groups who demand extreme submission and passivity from their members.
The book's final chapters include some very personal and practical letters to those who have left such groups only to be faced with the difficult tasks of dealing with bitterness and resentment and rebuilding their faith and trust.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.34" Weight: 0.32 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 2000
ISBN 0940232693 ISBN13 9780940232693
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More About Gene Edwards
Gene Edwards is one of America's most beloved Christian authors. He has published over 25 best-selling books, and his signature work, "The Divine Romance," has been called a masterpiece of Christian literature. He has written biblical fiction covering nearly the entire Bible, with titles that include the following: "The Beginning," "The Escape," "The Birth," "The Divine Romance," "The Triumph," "Revolution," "The Silas Diary," "The Titus Diary," "The Timothy Diary," "The Priscilla Diary," "The Gaius Diary," and "The Return."
Gene grew up in the East Texas oil fields and entered college at the age of 15. He graduated from East Texas State University at 18 with a bachelor's degree in English history and received his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Gene is part of the house-church movement, and he travels extensively to aid Christians as they begin meeting in homes rather than in church buildings. He also conducts conferences on living the deeper Christian life.
Gene and his wife, Helen, reside in Jacksonville, Florida, and have two grown children.
Gene Edwards currently resides in Jacksonville, in the state of Florida. Gene Edwards was born in 1932.
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A Lighted Path for the Wounded Apr 26, 2008
Having survived the devastation that can come during the decision making process surrounding leaving a church, I can whole-heartedly recommend this little book to soothe, clarify, and aid in the healing that must come after such a soul-wrenching experience. Before reading, set yourself to understand that when Edwards writes of "movement", he is also referring to "church". You don't have to belong to a movement for this piece of writing to apply. It can address any size setting where there is devastation from "top-heavy" spiritual leadership.
Edwards offers many eye-opening, key descriptions of what an authoritative leader looks like, operates like and what his character and habits reveal. This was very helpful to me and eased the guilt I had when I came to see this in my own situation. It gave words to what I had experienced but denied could be happening. Edward's writing is crafted to be effectual in addressing the depths of soul darkness that can occur when one leaves a church due to authoritative(controlling)leadership. He is equally effectual in leaving you with tangible considerations to make and actions to take in effort to preserve your threadbare, if not abandoned, faith. This book gets right down to the heart of the matter and swiftly leads you to a lighted path.
5 Stars for the book 5 Stars for AMAZON! Feb 5, 2006
I wrote that this book was not available due to an email received by this site. We were upset as this letter came AFTER we ordered it! But, we were reassured by customer service over the phone the book is in stock. Well, we recieved our order, thank you this site for coming through!! The Book is a wonderful read for anyone who has been hurt by the church or the people attending them........and who hasn't at one time or another? The damage that can be left behind from these authority figures can last a lifetime and ruin what could be a wonderful, close, personal relationship with Christ. If you are in this place and want something that speaks to the common man or woman in pain from these situations, Gene Edwards has many good books. Letters to a Devastated Christian being one of them. They are a fast read and touch the heart.
Please don't advertise what you don't have Oct 10, 2005
I ordered two items for my sister. After almost three weeks my money was returned with a notice that the items were not in stock. The items were a present for her. I will not order from this seller again.
Letters to a Devsetated Christian Sep 21, 2005
This is the most healing book I have ever read for anyone hurt by churches, especially controling authoritarian churches. If you have been hurt by "well meaning churches" or leadership that has overstepped their authority in Christ this is the book for you.
Devastated souls will find healing in this book... Oct 8, 2000
Gene Edwards is a master with the pen, and he has the heart of a shepherd to boot. This man's anointed writings have done much to aide in the healing of the spirit of many.
I've read most of his works, but this book, 'Letters to a Devastated Christian,' is his tour-de-force. It's a short read, but it is packed with a rich and manifold density. His spare writing style is showcased in this piece; there is a tremendous motherlode of wisdom and discernment packed into few words.
The outlay of the book is engaging... letters from a mentor to a crushed young man. The mentor doesn't try to sugar-coat the authoritarian abuses the young man has endured but instead uses them as stepping-stones to teach about issues such as suffering, humility and grace. The wells of wisdom come through as a breeze, refreshing, not as a jarring assault to an already-wounded soul. Edwards uses the Master to teach and show the higher way, the better way.
If you've ever been tormented at the hands of fellow believers then this book is for you. There's a healing balm in its words. It won't magically remove the pain inflicted upon you, nor give you rose-coloured perceptions regarding faith and fellowship, but it will help you understand that all things can be turned to good (hard as that is to believe)... and that the hardest things bring the biggest benefit to the maturing and deepening of one's faith. It will set you on the healing path and encourage you to take the higher, better road in life.
Edwards is a shepherd/prophet speaking to the church at large - admonition and exhortation for one and all is seen in his writings. Believers would do well to pay heed to his words. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who've gone through painful things in life, have been wounded deeply by fellow believers, or who just simply find life hard to live. I'm sure you'll treasure this title as much as I do.