by Rachel Held Evans
(Note: Look for Sunday Superlatives later this evening!)
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
- Matthew 11:28
As we come to the end of our weeklong series, “Into the Light: A Series on Abuse and the Church,” I feel weary and heavy-laden, in need of rest. I am struck by a special longing for Easter, which, believe it or not, is just around the corner.
I am also struck with a feeling of incompleteness. We covered a lot of ground this week, and we told a lot of stories, but there are still many stories we didn’t tell—stories of human trafficking and sex slavery, stories of men abused by women, stories of redemption and reconciliation, stories of abuse on the mission field. Each story is unique, and each story is sacred. And so I hope the series has inspired you treat your own story, and the stories of others, as such. May we all be inspired to speak with more truth, more conviction, more care, and more bravery about this difficult topic, so that our awareness doesn’t end here, but continues to grow, until the day when all things are reconciled to the source of love, and the story of abuse is only a memory.
I’ll conclude the series with a list of resources and links to posts from others this week. Please feel free to add to the list in the comment section.
Into the Light: A Series on Abuse and the Church
Spiritual Abuse Awareness Synchroblog
Additional Resources / Domestic Violence
Additional Resources / Abuse in a Christian Environment
"10 Ways to Spot Spiritual Abuse" and "What to Do if You Are in a Spiritual Abusive Situation” by Mary DeMuth
“Tips for Recovering from a Spiritually Abusive Church” and “Tips for “Moving On” from an abusive church experience” by Elizabeth Esther
The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse: Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church by David Johnson and Jeff VanVonderen
Additional Resources / Sexual Abuse
Thin Places by Mary DeMuth
The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Child Sexual Abuse by Dan B. Allender
Additional Resources/ Counseling & Therapy
"3 Signs of Repentance Every Church Leader Should Know" by Dr. Philip Monroe
Additional Resources / Child Abuse
A Silence of Mockingbirdsby Karen Spears Zacharias
Additional Resources / Bullying
“Understanding Bullying” – Psychology Today
This is obviously an incomplete list. So please feel free to use the comment section to help me fill in the gaps with your own favorite resources on abuse
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