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There have been a number of excellent books written in recent years about domestic abuse within the Church

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These books deal with domestic violence in a church context:

  • Battered into Submission: The Tragedy of Wife Abuse in the Christian Home, James Alsdurf and Phyllis Alsdurf, Eugene.
  • Battered Women: From a Theology of Suffering to an Ethic of Empowerment, Joy Bussert.
  • Beyond Abuse in the Christian Home: Raising Voice for Change, Catherine Clark Kroeger, Nancy Nason-Clark, Barbara Fisher-Townsend (Eds).
  • Counseling Families Across the Stages of Life: A Handbook for Pastors and Other Helping Professionals, Andrew Weaver, Linda Revilla and Harold Koenig.
  • Counseling Women – A Narrative, Pastoral Approach, Christie Neuger.
  • The Courage Coach: A Practical, Friendly Guide On How To Heal From Abuse, Ashley Easter.
  • Domestic Violence and the Church, Helen L. Conway.
  • Domestic Violence: What Every Pastor Needs to Know, Al Miles and Catherine Kroeger.
  • Family Violence: The Compassionate Church Responds, Melissa Miller.
  • Healing Spiritual Abuse: How to Break Free from Bad Church Experiences, Ken Blue.
  • Healing the Hurting: Giving Hope & Help to Abused Women, Catherine Kroeger and James Beck (Eds).
  • Keeping the Faith: Guidance for Christian Women Facing Abuse, Marie Fortune.
  • Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World, Carolyn Custis James.
  • No Place for Abuse: Biblical & Practical Resources to Counteract Domestic Violence, Catherine Kroeger and Nancy Nason-Clark.
  • Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing after Sexual Abuse, Mary DeMuth
  • Refuge from Abuse: Healing and Hope for Abused Christian Women, Nancy Nason-Clark and Catherine Clark Kroeger.
  • Render unto God: Economic Vulnerability, Family Violence, and Pastoral Theology, James Poling with contributions by Brenda Ruiz and Linda Crockett.
  • Telling the Truth: Preaching About Sexual and Domestic Violence, John McClure and Nancy Ramsay (Eds).
  • The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse: Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church, David Johnston and Jeff Van Vonderen.
  • The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize it and How to Respond, Patricia Evans.
  • Violence Against Women and Children: A Christian Theological Sourcebook, Carol Adams, Marie Fortune and Mary Fortune (Eds).
  • Violence in the Family: A Workshop Curriculum for Clergy and Other Helpers, Marie Fortune.
  • Weep Not For Your Children: Essays on Religion and Violence, Lisa Isherwood and Rosemary Radford Ruether (Eds).