Thursday Thought — Mending the Soul by Stephen Tracy
Because our Resource pages are extensive we have decided to occasionally use the Thursday Thought post to highlight a Resource. Today’s highlight is Steven Tracy’s, Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse [affiliate link*]. While not specific to domestic abuse, it is nevertheless very useful for understanding the dynamics of abuse in general. Pastor Crippen has these comments about Mending the Soul:
The tenth chapter is about forgiveness. This is not primarily a book about forgiveness, but about abuse. And guess what? Lo and behold, the guy who gets forgiveness right is the guy who specializes in abuse! This is evidence that my theory is correct — abuse is the test case for much of our theology. Tracy is wise to the abuser. No way is he going to insist that the Bible will have reconciliation of the victim and abuser included. He warns about the abuser’s crafty and deceptive repentance, and notes that Christians and churches are very often sucked in by him. This book is worth buying if only for the 10th chapter.
Steven Tracy is the founder of the organization Mending the Soul. He and his wife Celestia and others at Mending the Soul are doing great work with victims of sex trafficking, and they offer training in Arizona, Oregon and Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo, the “rape capital of the world”) which is helping Christians minister to survivors of abuse and trauma.