The following is an essay I wrote over a year ago for Christianity Today. It was declined, but as I was going through some old files today, I came across it again. I’ve healed a lot since writing this, but I feel it captures a window into the grief resultant from abuse in the church. I hope you find it comforting.
I’m excited to announce the launch of three new support groups. These groups are not only for victims and survivors of physical abuse, but also psychological abuse and neglect, as well as for spouses, family members, pastors, and counsellors who want to support victims and survivors better.
Not Forsaken: A Shepherd’s Guide is a practical how-to study and theological resource for seminaries, pastors, counselors, and ministry leaders who seek to minister to abuse victims and survivors with compassion and biblical wisdom.
I’ve had the privilege of reading and recommending some truly excellent books. I don’t think I’ve ever read or recommended a more important book than this one: Not Forsaken: A Story of Life After Abuse, by my friend, Jennifer Michelle Greenberg.
Today (June 3, 2020) at 3PM CT / 4PM ET, Jennifer will be featured live on Iron Sharpens Iron radio: Free Book Giveaway! Episode Description: Jennifer Michelle Greenberg is a pianist, vocalist, and songwriter (who has received a wonderful commendation from Brian Ray, Bassist & Guitarist for Paul McCartney), author, wife, mother, and half of a musical duo with her husband, Jason. She’s an advocate for victims …
I recently had the honor of interviewing with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) on “How can a survivor thrive after sexual abuse?” In addition, they’re gifting readers with a free pre-release chapter from my upcoming book! Not Forsaken releases on August 20, and this preview download will give you an idea of what to expect from it.
Exciting news! My publisher is giving away FIVE free copies of Not Forsaken 6 weeks before it releases on August 20. Not Forsaken Book Giveaway winners will be selected at random when the giveaway closes on July 10th. Head on over to http://www.TheGoodBook.com/Giveaway to enter: Not Forsaken Book Description: Jenn Greenberg was abused by her church-going father. Yet she is …
But for me personally, nothing is more frustrating than discovering a weakness inside myself. A blind spot. A behavioral pattern resultant from years of abuse that I never realized I had.
I’m recovering from abuse, and while I’ve made a lot of progress, shame still permeates my life. How do I break free? How do I trust that God loves me?
If, like me, you find yourself in need of repeated assurance of God’s faithfulness, dedication, and forgiveness toward his children, I highly recommend reading Cherished. It is more than a book. It is a testimony. Thank you, Polly Hamp.
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