One of my “go to” books in ministry is Wounded by God’s People by Anne Graham Lotz. We don’t have to be in ministry very long until we are hurt by someone and it hurts deeply when it is a church member. The reason it hurts deeply is because all we have done is love them, laugh with them, cry with them and serve them. What do we do with that hurt? We must deal with it or it will turn into anger and bitterness.
In Anne’s book she talks about how to break the cycle of pain. Here is a description of this vital book:
Everyone has been wounded…hurt…neglected…by others. But as Anne Graham Lotz looks back on her life, the sad truth is that her most painful wounds were inflicted by religious people—God’s people. People she had grown to love and to trust. But people whose words and behavior were inconsistent with what they said they believed. Anne not only understands the wounded, she also understands how easy it is for the wounded to become wounders themselves.
In this book, Anne breaks the silence of the wounded and the wounders, in order to break the cycle of pain. Drawing on the biblical story of Hagar, Anne leads those who have been hurt by God’s people on a path of discovering the healing power of God’s redemptive love.
This book is a love story….yours!
This will be a book that you will go back to over and over again because we will continue to get hurt over and over again.
A very good pastor friend once told me, “Hurt people hurt people, but healed people heal people.” And that is so true; if we don’t deal with our hurt and allow God to heal us then we will become the wounder. Don’t let that happen in your life; let this book be a tool that you use over and over again.
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