By Carol Howard Merritt
An powerful plan to assist these being affected by wounds inflicted via the church locate non secular therapeutic and a renewed feel of faith.
Raised as a conservative Christian, minister and writer Carol Howard Merritt came across that the normal associations she grew up in inflicted nice discomfort and anguish on others. although she enjoyed the spirituality the church supplied, she knew that, as a result of sexism, homophobia, and manipulative non secular politics, verified non secular associations weren’t consistently holy or secure. rather than providing safe haven, those associations have betrayed people’s hearts and souls. “People have suffered non secular abuse,” she writes, “which should be various from actual damage or mental trauma.”
Though participation and association in conventional spiritual associations is waning, many folks nonetheless think in God. Merritt contends that many depart the church simply because they've got misplaced belief within the establishment, no longer in God. Healing religious Wounds addresses the church’s dichotomous image—as a secure house and as a deadly place—and presents the way to repair own religion and connection to God in the event you were damage or betrayed by way of confirmed associations of religion. Merritt lays out a multistage plan for relocating from discomfort to religious rebirth, from improving theological and emotional shards to improving communal wholeness.
Merritt doesn't sugarcoat the wrongs associations lengthy visible as reliable have inflicted on many blameless sufferers. Sympathetic, knowing, and deeply optimistic, she bargains desire and the way to aid them heal and reclaim the religious pleasure which could lead them to complete again.