Healing Your Church Hurt is the product of Mansfield's personal hurt and ultimate growth. He guides the reader to engage that wound, ponder their own reactions and get tough with themselves. The questions he provides seem simple enough, but what Mansfield asks is to really dig deep. The questions aren't as simplistic as one might first assume. When pondered, I warn you, you may not necessarily like the reflection you find yourself looking into. On the upside, now you have a chance to polish what you see.
Before the deep-soul plunging journey, the author takes you back into time. Looking into lives past, such as Edwards, Saint Patrick and Whitefield, Mansfield points out the many hurts some Christian greats have suffered. Of course, Jesus Christ is our glorious elite example of suffering and the beauty that replaces it. The reader will be led to look at the sinful nature of man and understand why one needs to forgive others.
I wanted to review this as I have gone through my own church hurt and found my healing was much like Mansfield's process. I still found this book revealing and engaging. At the onset, the reader is warned of the author's tell-it-like-it-is style. Trust me, it is not as scary as it sounds. In fact, inside I imagine he has a soft heart as is great intentions show. Although, he doesn't coddle you and bandage your wound, either.
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|Author Stephen Mansfield|
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