WHAT WOULD JESUS DO ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
AND ABUSE TOWARD CHRISTIAN WOMEN?
A Call to the Church to Act as Jesus WOULD
CHLOE CUMMINGS D.B.S
Format: Paperback, 284 pages
Publishing Date: Nov. 1st, 2010
“What Would Jesus Do about Domestic Violence and Abuse towards Christian Women” is a biblically-based book that provides specific answers to church leaders, counselors, victims and others, about how they should respond to domestic violence and abuse towards Christian women.
Exploring such things as Jesus’ personal experiences with abuse and violence, His ministry to others who were victims, His response and behavior towards the religious (and other) abusers of His day, and the success which Jesus had in His approach to both victim and abuser, this book uses Jesus’ actions as a model for successfully addressing or dealing with domestic violence and abuse issues.
The author shows that the same sins which constitute violence and abuse on the home front are the same sins which Jesus dealt with in the public arena. Because of the religious overtones in the emotional, spiritual, verbal, psychological, and other abuses which Jesus experienced, the model Jesus presents in dealing with domestic violence and abuse is especially relevant to victims who have a Christian or a strong religious background.
The book lists dozens of abuses which Jesus and the victim of domestic violence have in common. It shows how Jesus sees the victim of abuse, and how Jesus responded to victims in different instances. It identifies: 26 specific things Jesus did in abuse situations, how Jesus related to the abuser(s), and how Jesus addressed the specific sins which comprise abuse. The book also features 77 cases in which Jesus demonstrated specific behaviors in response to abuse and violence related to both victims and abusers.
The book sites hundreds of scriptural references with contextual and critical explanation to help the reader better understand what Jesus meant when He said or did certain things. This helps the reader to better filter his or her own encounter and experience with abuse (whether emotional, spiritual, verbal, psychological, financial, physical, or otherwise) through the lens of the Scripture.
The author also uses several studies done on domestic violence and abuse to support, and to give a better understanding of the nature of domestic violence and abuse.
Each chapter of “What Would Jesus Do about Domestic Violence and Abuse towards Christian Women” is sectioned in bite-sized pieces. First, a particular topic or issue is addressed using real situations, biblical examples, and/or case studies. Afterward the author tells specifically what Jesus would do in relationship to that issue, and then proves the point by citing several cases or scenarios where Jesus responded in said manner. This pattern gives the evidence to support or back-up the biblical action which is being presented.
The book also has a “WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) Quick Reference Guide” and an extensive reference and note section at the back of the book.
Some of the things which Jesus did are very surprising and the book ends with some biblical and real-life stories of violent and abusive situations where Jesus’ actions were put into play and the successful outcome of these actions, even if they are unconventional.
Ø Lists dozens of abuses which JESUS experienced, and which the Christian victim of domestic violence and abuse experiences today.
Ø Identifies 26 specific things that JESUS did in abuse situations.
Ø Features 77 cases in which JESUS demonstrated specific behaviors where He acted in response to abuse and violence related to both victims and abusers.
Ø Cites hundreds of Scriptural references with contextual and critical explanations or interpretation of parts that help us to better understand JESUS’ actions.
Ø Answers hard questions such as: “Should a Christian victim of abuse leave her husband?” AND “How much should a Christian wife submit to her abusive husband?” PLUS many, many MORE QUESTIONS about domestic abuse in Christian marriages and home WHICH THE BIBLE ANSWERS.
Ø Provides several case studies and testimonial from abusers, victims, pastors, and church members.
Ø Presents biblical steps JESUS provided for both the abuser and the victim to walk in LIBERTY, PEACE, and JOY.
Ø Offers hope for abuser reform as well as hope for CHRISTIAN WOMEN in a relationship with one who is a professed Christian but who has no Christ-like character traits in the privacy of the home.
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How many times have you been involved in a messy situation and wonder what Jesus would do if He were in your place?
More specifically, how Jesus Himself would react if that messy situation was domestic violence and abuse. How would Jesus react if He were a victim of domestic abuse, or if He were a pastor faced with an abuser or a victim?
This book answers many of the questions most people have asked or wondered about in regard to how Jesus Himself must feel concerning domestic violence and abuse among Christians and what HE would REALLY do about it.
This is a studious work and firmly rooted in the Scripture, but it was written with the casual reader in mind.
The author uses examples from Jesus’ life to make a strong case for what Jesus’ response to domestic violence and abuse in His Church would be today.
It is a book which gives hope as well as some very surprising answers that are guaranteed to bust the religious bubble of many professing Christians.