Monday, August 7, 2017

Wounded in the Church: Hope Beyond the Pain by Ray Beeson & Chris Hayward + A GIVEAWAY

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About the Book

Book title: Wounded in the Church  
Author: Ray Beeson & Chris Hayward  
Release date: March 14, 2017
 Genre: Non-fiction

Church should be a safe place, right? Then why do so many get hurt there? 

Ray Beeson and Chris Hayward combine their years of ministry experience to address head-on the elephant in the room: church members and church leaders hurt Christians. All the time. And the long-lasting effects—rejection, shame, despair, loneliness, fear—can be devastating. The authors have witnessed the rise of the “dones,” those who are just done with God thanks to scars from church. 

With first-person stories of hurt and loss, this book is a wake-up call for any who deny woundedness in the church but is also a redemptive message for any who hurt from church wounds. Leaders and laypeople alike will learn how to grieve over abuse, to leave unhealthy attitudes and patterns that cause pain, and to trust in God’s real, delivering work through churches that build up, not tear down. 

Thanks to the grace of God, there is always hope beyond the pain.

My Review

A deep look at a very difficult subject.

The authors start by addressing the fact that many are wounded in the church and this issue needs to be addressed so people can find healing. They then take the time to focus on a few of the ways that this wounding occurs. It is very clearly laid out and dealt with.

I found the first section of the book to be very hard to read. It brought back memories of wounds that I received from those in leadership in churches I attended in the past. I really appreciate the fact that they then went on in part 2 of the book to discuss the hope that we have to be healed from those wounds. They carefully lay out steps that need to be taken without making it a canned approach to wholeness.

The one thing that I really love is the fact that they make it very clear the first step to healing is KNOWING that our identity is in Christ! Everything else presented is built upon this foundation.

The other thing that I was very happy to see was how much scripture they use to explain the points that they were making.

I am giving this book a rating of 5 stars and recommending it. It is a good book for those who have been wounded in the church to read. It would also be helpful for anyone who wants to guard against wounding others.

I received a free copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.

About the Authors

Ray Beeson is the director of Overcomers Ministries, a teaching ministry with a special emphasis on spiritual warfare and prayer. Ray teaches seminars on spiritual warfare, prayer, and Christlike living and is the author of numerous books including Signed in His Blood (Charisma House, 2014) and The Hidden Price of Greatness (Overcomers, 2000). Ray and his wife, Linda, live in Ventura, CA. 

Chris Hayward has had over thirty-six years of pastoral ministry and is currently serving as president of Cleansing Stream Ministries, a discipleship ministry that works with the local church around the world. He is also the author of God’s Cleansing Stream (Chosen Books, 2004) and The End of Rejection (Chosen Books, 2007). Chris and his wife, Karen, live in Castaic, CA.

Guest Post from Ray Beeson & Chris Hayward

When we tell people we’ve written a book entitled “Wounded in the Church,” many nod knowingly. Sadly, the pain and heartache that happens in churches is all too common. Collectively, the two of us have spent more than 70 years in ministry. During that time we have seen neglect, tactlessness, and blatant insensitivity fostered by some leaders and congregations resulting in the wounding of others. We realize it is not prolific in every church, but the wounding is significant and it needs to be exposed. That is why we wrote this book – we share real stories of real people who were wounded in church, a place that should be a shelter of God’s love and peace. Sometimes people are abused by leaders or church members. There are also times when leaders are abused by people within the congregation. As you read, perhaps you’ll identify with some of the situations described. If so, be assured you are not alone. If you have been wounded, it is our hope and prayer God uses this book to facilitate healing. Because of Jesus Christ, there is hope beyond the pain.

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Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*


  1. Thanks for your review. I think this is a much needed book, and I'd love to read it.

  2. Hi Debbie: Thank you so very much for your comments. Chris and I have come across so many wounded people in the church that we wanted to see if a book might help. From the comments we are getting it seems to be on tract.

    We set out not to place blame but to show how even little inadvertent acts can bring deep pain. We wish that the many who have walked away from church and those who have given up on God only new that God had very good answers for keeping His people in unity. Ray Beeson

  3. Thank you for your heartfelt review. I must read this book as I've been wounded in the church in the past, too. God bless.

  4. Thank you, Debbie! It does a publicist's heart good to read heartfelt reviews like yours. Because so many people HAVE been deeply wounded, some choose to walk away from the pain. They don't want to revisit their hurts. I'm beginning to think some could be restored and healed more quickly if they had a reading partner to walk through this book with them. I'm sorry for what you went through, but have to say I wanted to jump up and cheer when you said, "The one thing that I really love is the fact that they make it very clear the first step to healing is KNOWING that our identity is in Christ! Everything else presented is built upon this foundation." Amen and amen.
    Thank you so much for the thought and effort that went into your comments and for your high recommendation.
    Cathy Hickling