Item description for Keeping the Faith: Guidance for Christian Women Facing Abuse by Marie M. Fortune...
Overview Practical guide addresses issues of faith for battered women-an invaluable resource for victims of domestic violence and the crisis centers that counsel them.
Practical guide addresses issues of faith for battered women--an invaluable resource for victims of domestic violence and the crisis centers that counsel them.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.89" Width: 4.02" Height: 0.35" Weight: 0.15 lbs.
Release Date Jun 23, 1995
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0062513001 ISBN13 9780062513007
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More About Marie M. Fortune
Marie M. Fortune is founder and senior analyst at the FaithTrust Institute, whereshe addresses sexual and domestic violence in faith communities. The Rev. Dr.Fortune is ordained in the United Church of Christ. She is a pastor, an educator, an author, and a practicing theologian and ethicist. Her books include Keepingthe Faith: Guidance for Christian Women Facing Abuse; Is Nothing Sacred? WhenSex Invades the Pastoral Relationship; and Sexual Violence: The Sin Revisited.
Marie M. Fortune currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington.
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This book is a Gift from God Mar 25, 2006
I spent far too long in a verbally and emotionally abusive relationship. I thought it was my duty to stay because I had entered a covanent. A pastor told me that should I leave my marriage, I would have to be alone for the rest of my days unless my abusive husband took another wife or died. I was encouraged over and over to turn the other cheek and remember 77*7 and forgive.
But God heard my cries and led me to a book called Changes that Heal, and I learned that grace would always be available to me. I left my husband and filed for divorce. My abusive husband then pursued me (as is classic in the abuse cycle), was baptized and began to attend my church. The pastors began encouraging me to give my marriage and my husband an opportunity to repent for the sake of our daughter. I kept trying to explain that they didn't understand the abuse or the mind of the abuser enough to encourage more 77*7 (forgiveness). Eventually I relented and my daughter and I moved back in with the abuser.
The abuser was on a roll. He had won. The pattern started again within three months. Within a year, he was constantly used the bible to tell me that I was to obey him and stay with the abuse no matter what. A year later in a rage he threatened a neighbor with a gun in the presence of my daughter, and I walked away for good. But my heart was not at peace.
This book brought me peace like nothing else I've ever experienced. It explained God's views to me in a light I wished I had understood years ago. God is a God of love and grace. This book will teach you how that applies to walking away from abuse. Long suffering was Jesus' role, not the role of the abused spouse. I wished I could hug everyone of you that reads this, because you need someone who has been there and understands. God bless you. Read this book and begin taking care of yourself, the child God loves so much.
Great book for abused Christian women Nov 21, 2002
This is a great book for Christian women. I am a victim and was concerned about what the Bible and the Lord would think about me having to get away of my husband because I was in fear of my life. This book points out specific scriptures of what the Bible says about husband's and wives staying together or apart and why it is okay to get away from your husband if he is abusive. I no longer feel guilty about having to get away from my husband. This is an absolutely fabulous book and I would recommend it for any woman who has been abused by her husband.
Highly Recommended by a Police Officer and Counselor Jun 27, 2002
As a trainer of police officers on domestic violence response, and as a counselor of survivors, I highly recommend this book for all who suspect they are experiencing intimate partner abuse. It is also very important for family and friends. I have given away at least 20 copies to survivors and will continue to. Religion and faith are a foundation for the worldview of many and Ms. Fortune shows us all how scripture, used properly, can support and liberate victims. Keep copies of this book in stock for your clients, family members, and friends.
Restoring spiritual sanity to abused Christian women Sep 28, 1999
This book was purchased and distributed by our local Domestic Violence Shelter to women who's faith stood in the way of their safety and sanity regarding whether or not it is God's will for them to live with abuse. I hope to buy more booklets to have available for this dedicated population.
Honest helpful and loving advice Mar 17, 1999
This little book is quick to read and will help give you courage to do what is right. Sometimes Christian women get so bogged down in guilt and the need to save our marriage, that we forget to save ourselves. This book is a must read for anyone in an abusive marriage seeking spiritual guidance. Solid, Christlike interpretation of scripture will offer much needed inspiration and encouragement.