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Setting the Captives Free: A Christian Theology for Domestic Violence [Paperback]

By Ron Clark (Author)
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"Abuse is a problem that needs to be understood, addressed, and challenged. The abused are humans in the image of God who need to be protected, loved, and empowered to stand with us and walk through life with respect and dignity. When God brings a victim to us, we have a responsibility to love them as we want to be loved and be faithful to that responsibility. We must make sure that they and their children are safe, protected, and given the chance to live in peace and love. Abusers are also humans who are in the image of God, and they need to be taught how to live and respect all others. They must be confronted and challenged to change or face prosecution by our legal system and our spiritual communities. "I believe that the faith community is in a great position to address this problem. We have a God who grieves over the violence that occurs in families. Yet we have a God who grieves even more over the fact that spiritual leaders have failed to act as servants of Yahweh in this respect. "The rest of this book is an appeal to you to gain an understanding of what it really means to face domestic violence and how to help bring peace and wholeness to victims and their children caught in the web of abuse. It is an appeal to you to confront those who abuse others rather than shut your eyes .

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Description: ""Abuse is a problem that needs to be understood, addressed, and challenged. The abused are humans in the image of God who need to be protected, loved, and empowered to stand with us and walk through life with respect and dignity. When God brings a victim to us, we have a responsibility to love them as we want to be loved and be faithful to that responsibility. We must make sure that they and their children are safe, protected, and given the chance to live in peace and love. Abusers are also humans who are in the image of God, and they need to be taught how to live and respect all others. They must be confronted and challenged to change or face prosecution by our legal system and our spiritual communities. ""I believe that the faith community is in a great position to address this problem. We have a God who grieves over the violence that occurs in families. Yet we have a God who grieves even more over the fact that spiritual leaders have failed to act as servants of Yahweh in this respect. ""The rest of this book is an appeal to you to gain an understanding of what it really means to face domestic violence and how to help bring peace and wholeness to victims and their children caught in the web of abuse. It is an appeal to you to confront those who abuse others rather than shut your eyes . . . ."" --from the Introduction Endorsements: Setting the Captives Free should be required reading in every seminary Ron Clark's knowledge on the dynamics of domestic violence, including the power and control issues surrounding the cycle of abuse is essential for clergy and Christian Counselors alike. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about how they might better assist victims of domestic violence in the faith community. --Patricia Riddle Gaddis, MA Director & Founder of The Family Peace Project Author of Battered But Not Broken: Help for Abused Wives and their Church Families and Dangerous Dating: Helping Young Women Say No To Abuse. Every few years a book comes along which opens the eyes of the church to a critical spiritual need in the world and the alarming gap in our theology which has closed our eyes to that need. ""Setting the Captives Free"" is one of those books. Just as Barna's books have done concerning the lost, just as Sider's books have done concerning poverty, so Ron's book does concerning domestic abuse. Ron opens the church's eyes to the dark world of domestic abuse victims and the gap in our theology which has kept us blind to their needs. After reading the book, I feel to my knees in repentance for not leading our church to minister to these victims. Ron gave me the tools and the theology to begin talking to our congregation about these needs. --Dr. Chris Altrock, Minister, Highland Street Church of Christ, Memphis, TN Author The Cross: Saved by the Shame of It All and Preaching to Pluralists This is a groundbreaking book that is well worth reading. It really grasps the issues of abuse and provides practical, spiritual answers to anyone who has been impacted directly, or indirectly. --Bettie Williams-Watson, Founder, Executive Director of Multi-Communities (M.I.C.), Seattle, WA. About the Contributor(s): Ron Clark is the Minister for the Agape Church of Christ in Portland, Oregon. He has led training seminars on domestic violence for pastors, law enforcement groups, and congregations. His articles on abuse have appeared in both religion and counseling journals.

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Studio: Cascade Books
Pages   271
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.91 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2005
Publisher   Cascade Books
ISBN  1597524247  
ISBN13  9781597524247  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ron Clark, M.D. is an attending emergency physician at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, a clinical instructor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and a guest lecturer at Central Connecticut State University. He actively provides clinical instruction for students and residents on the principles of emergency medical care. He is a Connecticut State Police Surgeon and a medical adviser and instructor for the Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement (CABLE). Dr. Clark is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a member of the Connecticut College of Emergency Physicians. He and his wife reside with their three children in Connecticut.

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a cup of cold water for victims of abuse and their advocates  Aug 28, 2007
Clark presents a sound biblical perspective on marriage as a model of God's covenant and a biblical response to domestic violence. The authur's view is well documented by Scripture and by those who deal with domestic violence. An eye opening read on domestic violence and how the world (especially the abused and counselors of the abused) sees the church as perpetuating domestic violence. This is not the typical wives submit to husbands period, but a godly view on the role of the husband as caretaker of the wife who models Jesus to her and their family through addressing her needs with compasion.
 
Highly recommended  Feb 12, 2006
I would encourage pastors and Christian counselors who want to help women in abusive relationships to seriously consider reading this book. I would also encourage women who suspect they may be in an abusive relationship to read this book. I say `suspect' because the woman in that life cannot openly admit it or else she couldn't understand herself for staying. She lives in the lie, the shame filled lie of existence. Dr. Clark has done a remarkable job writing what I couldn't find in any books available in the Christian community in the '70s and '80s when I was overwhelmed in my abusive marriage. The usual methods of counseling are not applicable in these marriages, but everyone seems to try. Because `I' hurt, the burden fell on me to read, counsel, pray, to fast and intercede, forgive and somehow even forget, and when it didn't work, it was I who was the failure. Christianity is a great hiding place for abusers because of distortions concerning principles of submission for women, forgiveness, and of accepting that a husband's role may include exerting power over the wife rather than in sharing mutual power and living like equals. Christian women who want to be pleasing to God can be set up to take the blame for the problem of their husband's anger. Too often, the woman is asked what she did to make him angry. It is not about his anger as much as it is about his need to control and the pattern of tearing down any sense of her self-esteem. That is why his repentance and tears are not safe. It is part of the dance to control. Dr. Clark writes to my heart as he describes the cycles and patterns of this family in distress. His validation is healing.

Besides being readable for the woman in, or from, an abusive marriage, it will encourage her to become empowered and see herself from the eyes of God instead of her husband, or even the church. And it addresses making the abuser accountable, because she probably can't do it alone. The church did not want to help me leave my former husband because `divorce was not an option' without proven adultery. But God did lead me out without the church's support. (Galatians 5:1) It is devastating for a woman to want to do God's will, and be told to do something that could kill her physically, spiritually, emotionally, and even mentally. It is the nature of our God to save women and their families from this state. Jesus came to set ALL the captives free. He set my children and me free, and it is from that voice that I so highly recommend this book! It is excellent!
 

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