Abuse: Finding Hope in Christ
None of us can escape the brokenness of our world. We are sinful, hurting people surrounded by sinful, hurting people in a universe groaning under the curse of sin. The reality of physical and sexual abuse in our world is a blatant and painful proof of this brokenness. What does the gospel have to say when we are victims of evil? How do we minister to those who have suffered under abuse?
John Henderson provides Psalm 22 as a framework for responding to these questions and understanding how God comforts the afflicted through his Word, bringing it to bear in the life of a couple deeply affected by childhood sexual abuse. Their example shows the beauty and light of the gospel, and how it brings hope and perspective in the darkest of our circumstances.
The Gospel for Real Life booklet series by the Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC) applies the timeless hope of Christ to the unique struggles of modern believers.
“With the heart of a pastor, John Henderson helps us to see how Scripture really does make a difference in life’s most difficult hurts, pains, and sorrows.”
—Deepak Reju, Associate Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.
“An invaluable resource that reflects the profound realities of the gospel in caring for those impacted by abuse. . . . A must read for everyone in the church.”
—Robert K. Cheong, Pastor of Care and Counseling, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, KY
About the Author
John Henderson (PhD, University of North Texas) is counseling pastor at Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas, and a board member of the Association of Biblical Counselors and the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He is the author of Equipped to Counsel.