Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): Wounded in the Church by Ray Beeson & Chris Hayward

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about the book

Church should be a safe place, right? Then why do so many get hurt there?

Ray Beeson and Chris Hayward combine their years of ministry experience to address head-on the elephant in the room: church members and church leaders hurt Christians. All the time. And the long-lasting effects—rejection, shame, despair, loneliness, fear—can be devastating. The authors have witnessed the rise of the “dones,” those who are just done with God thanks to scars from church.

With first-person stories of hurt and loss, this book is a wake-up call for any who deny woundedness in the church but is also a redemptive message for any who hurt from church wounds. Leaders and laypeople alike will learn how to grieve over abuse, to leave unhealthy attitudes and patterns that cause pain, and to trust in God’s real, delivering work through churches that build up, not tear down.

Thanks to the grace of God, there is always hope beyond the pain.

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GENRE: Christian Non-Fiction
PUBLISHER: Whitaker House
RELEASE DATE: March 14, 2017
PAGES: 256

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about the author

Ray Beeson is the director of Overcomers Ministries, a teaching ministry with a special emphasis on spiritual warfare and prayer. Ray teaches seminars on spiritual warfare, prayer, and Christlike living and is the author of numerous books including Signed in His Blood (Charisma House, 2014) and The Hidden Price of Greatness (Overcomers, 2000). Ray and his wife, Linda, live in Ventura, CA.

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Chris Hayward has had over thirty-six years of pastoral ministry and is currently serving as president of Cleansing Stream Ministries, a discipleship ministry that works with the local church around the world. He is also the author of God’s Cleansing Stream (Chosen Books, 2004) and The End of Rejection (Chosen Books, 2007). Chris and his wife, Karen, live in Castaic, CA.

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When we tell people we’ve written a book entitled “Wounded in the Church,” many nod knowingly. Sadly, the pain and heartache that happens in churches is all too common.

Collectively, the two of us have spent more than 70 years in ministry. During that time we have seen neglect, tactlessness, and blatant insensitivity fostered by some leaders and congregations resulting in the wounding of others. We realize it is not prolific in every church, but the wounding is significant and it needs to be exposed.

That is why we wrote this book – we share real stories of real people who were wounded in church, a place that should be a shelter of God’s love and peace. Sometimes people are abused by leaders or church members. There are also times when leaders are abused by people within the congregation.

As you read, perhaps you’ll identify with some of the situations described. If so, be assured you are not alone. If you have been wounded, it is our hope and prayer God uses this book to facilitate healing. Because of Jesus Christ, there is hope beyond the pain.

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17 Responses to “Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): Wounded in the Church by Ray Beeson & Chris Hayward”

  1. Ray Beeson

    Thank you, Carrie. Chris and I know we have set about to tackle one of the biggest challenges to the Christian church. Our deepenst desire is to alert those who may not know that God sees their plight and has ways of healing deep unsettled wounds. Ray Beeson

  2. Cathy Hickling

    Hi Carrie,
    Thanks for letting your followers know about Wounded in the Church! Chris Hayward and Ray Beeson undertook the mission or putting this book together, witnessing first hand what many, many people experience. I’d kind of like to see a copy in every church lobby.
    God bless,

  3. Margaret Appel

    Wounded in the Church sounds like an interesting and intriguing read. Hopefully it brings much comfort and healing to those in need.

  4. Marilyn

    What an interesting book. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

  5. Chris Hayward

    I was recently at a conference in Texas. A thousand people were present and I asked them if they knew of anyone who had been wounded in the church. The response was loud with groans and scattered laughter – as if to say, “Are you kidding? Of course we’ve been wounded. Hasn’t everyone?” No matter where Ray and I have been, the response has been the same. Very few talk about the subject, and even fewer attempt to respond to the issues. We spent two years digging in to the needs of wounded. Our hope and prayer is that this book will provide true hope beyond the pain.

  6. Jocelyn

    Wow! Your subject matter is impressive. Mostly because, as you said, there IS an elephant in the room. Some people are more thick skinned than others. But the people who are hurting, whether emotionally or physically, are often the ones deeply wounded. A word here or there, made flippantly by someone who thinks they are being funny, can send a deep wound into someones heart and soul. Years ago someone made a comment to me that I’ve never forgotten. And that is probably the crux of the matter. We carry the wound in our hearts, even though we’ve been forgiven, have forgiven that person, it still seems to simmer, just below the surface.
    Great job! A book well worth reading.

  7. Robin in NC

    Churches are just as full of wounded souls as any where else, people can be cruel. Forgiveness is key!

  8. Janet Estridge

    What a wonderful addition this book would be to our church library.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.

  9. Melissa

    There are so many souls that have been wounded by others I pray they get the healing they need without rejecting church fellowship or the Truth.

  10. Stephanie

    It’s so unfortunate a book like this needs to be written, but thankfully these two gentlemen tackled the subject. I very rarely read anything beyond fiction but this one is one I will read.

    Thank you,
    Stephanie C.

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