Refuge from Abuse: Healing and Hope for Abused Christian Women, By Nancy Nason-Clark and Catherine Clark Kroeger

Refuge from Abuse

Healing and Hope for Abused Christian Women

by Nancy Nason-Clark and Catherine Clark Kroeger

Refuge from Abuse
  • Length: 178 pages
  • Published: May 28, 2004
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 3203
  • ISBN: 9780830832033

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Abuse is ugly. It is always wrong. It is never part of God?s design for healthy family living. It distorts relationships and shatters dreams. It creates pain and despair. It never produces hope.You know this all too well--that's why you've picked up this book.

Nancy Nason-Clark and Catherine Clark Kroeger know the pain of women who have been abused, especially the unique pain of Christian women who thought it couldn't happen to them. In this straightforward, practical book they supply the answer to the questions you face:

  • How do I know I need help?
  • How much of my story should I tell?
  • Where do I find spiritual support as a victim of abuse?
  • What help can I find in the community?
  • How do I get started on the healing journey?
  • What key steps will I need to take to get on with my life?
  • How can I understand what help my abuser needs?
  • How do I learn to trust God again?

Their advice is solid, backed up by Nason-Clark's professional expertise as a sociologist and Kroeger's as a biblical scholar. Together they supply both here-and-now, step-by-step advice you need to start the healing journey and biblical insights to nourish your soul and sustain you on the path to wholeness.


Pathway to Hope
1. How Do I Know I Need Help?
2. How Much of My Story Should I Tell?
3. Where Do I Find Spiritual Support?
4. What Help Can I Find in the Community?
5. How Do I Get Started on the Healing Journey?
6. What Steps Do I Take to Get On with My Life?
7. How Can I Understand What Help My Abuser Needs?
8. How Do I Learn to Trust God Again?
Appendix 1: Healing for Abused Husbands
Appendix 2: God's Pattern for Safety and Peace in Home Life
Appendix 3: Some Suggestions for Worship That Heals


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Nancy Nason-Clark

Nancy Nason-Clark is professor of sociology at University of New Brunswick, Canada. Her books include No Place for Abuse, Refuge from Abuse and The Battered Wife: How Christians Confront Family Violence. She is the creator of the RAVE (Religion and Violence e-Learning) Project website.

Catherine Clark Kroeger

Catherine Clark Kroeger is adjunct professor of classical and ministry studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. With James Beck, she edited Women, Abuse and the Bible and Healing the Hurting, and with Mary J. Evans she edited The IVP Women's Bible Commentary and The Women's Study Bible (Oxford University Press). She is a coauthor (with Nancy Nason-Clark) of No Place for Abuse.