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Previously published as ReChurch.”Healing Your Church Hurt: What To Do When You Still Love God But Have Been Wounded by His People” is a timely book by Stephen Mansfield that encourages readers to move beyond hurt and fall in love once again with God’s Church.

Mansfield approaches this topic with directness and sensitivity recognizing that an estimated 37% of the US population avoids church because of past hurts (pg. x).

I like Mansfiend’s story of a young boy with his arm stuck in the vending machine. Crying and bleeding, the boy begs for help, when all along, the boy was clutching onto a candy bar that kept his arm pinned inside.  Once he let go of the bar, his arm was set free. Mansfiend likens this experience to the many people who have left the church, but continue to hold onto the “candy bar” of hurt and anger.  Only when we chose to let go, will the healing process begin.

Each chapter of the book offers encouragement to pursue healing with heartfelt word of encouragement:

  • Adversity endured righteously has the power to lift a man to new heights.
  • Nothing can keep my soul in bondage except the forbidden or unclean thing I insist on holding tight.
  • When we think we are loving Jesus but hating his people, we are actually loving Jesus so little that his people don’t matter anymore.
  • Enduring the wounds of fellow Christians with mercy and grace seems to be the call of every true saint.  We should not expect it to be any different in our own lives.
  • As you play your bitter story over again in your mind, you keep hardening your feelings and deepening the woud.
  • It is time to make a change. And the change begins with forgiving.

In my own life, I have experienced hurts from the church and I have had to forgive and allow God to restore true fellowship with my fellow saints.  I can say from experience, there is hope beyond hurt and if you are suffering now, reading this book is a great first step toward restoration.

Author Info

About the Author: Stephen Mansfield is the New York Times bestselling author of The Faith of George W. Bush, The Faith of the American Soldier, Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill, and ReChurch: Healing Your Way Back to the People of God among other works of history and biography. Founder of The Mansfield Group, a research and communications firm, and Chartwell Literary Group, which creates and manages literary projects, Stephen is also in wide demand as a lecturer and inspirational speaker. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Beverly, a successful producer and songwriter.
Foreward by George Barna : George was raised and educated on the East Coast before moving to California in the early 1980s. He held executive positions in advertising, public policy, political campaigns, and media/marketing research before beginning his own company, the Barna Research Group (now The Barna Group). To date, George has written more than 40 books, predominantly in the areas of leadership, trends, spiritual development, and church health. Included among them are best sellers such as Revolution, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, The Frog in the Kettle, The Power of Vision, and Pagan Christianity? Several of his books have received national awards and have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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