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Season 2 Bonus

A letter from our story-teller and survivor to her daughters. Words cannot do this heartfelt, gripping outpouring justice. Worthy of a repeat listen and study!

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Season 2 Episode 6

Is ‘trauma-informed’ only a secular concept? Darby’s new book? How is 1 Peter 3:1-6 misapplied? Darby Strickland is back to discuss hope and care-filled biblical counsel for women devastated by sexual abuse in marriage. Darby has abundant wealth to share on these and other topics with us.

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For details on the CCEF Conference on Trauma, Virginia Beach, visit https://www.ccef.org/conference/2023-national-conference/If you want to know more about domestic abuse I suggest you go to Called to Peace.org. A ministry specific to domestic abuse. You’ll find a lot of information and resources.

Darby Strickland’s book Is It Abuse? is excellent for both victims and church leaders for identifying the patterns of abuse and in particular her chapter on marital sexual abuse in that book. Dr. Jeremy Pierre and Dr. Greg Wilson’s book When Home Hurts is particularly helpful for church leaders.

Season 2 Episode 5

Michelle navigates the many layers as a survivor of domestic and specifically sexual abuse in marriage. We're also going to look at God's redemptive thread flowing throughout her circumstances. She shares just some of the ways God met her and some of the many thoughts and feelings she had to mediate during that time. May you be ministered to by Michelle's wisdom as she shares in our final discussion really helpful things to hear.

Brad Hambrick mentioned include the Church Cares program, and Making Sense of Forgiveness: Moving from Hurt toward Hope. and God’s Attributes: Rest For Life’s Struggles

To learn more about domestic abuse, go to Called to Peace.org.

Darby Strickland’s book, Is It Abuse? which is an excellent resource for both victims and church leaders for identifying patterns of abuse. And specifically, Darby speaks in one chapter regarding sexual abuse in marriage.

Dr. Jeremy Pierre and Dr. Greg Wilson’s book When Home Hurts is particularly helpful for church leaders.

Season 2 Bonus

As we’ve heard, Brad Hambrick is a well-seasoned counselor who has a deep understanding of abuse victims and survivors, all the while having a heart to care. Brad again joins us in this bonus episode and interacts with Michelle’s story addressing the injustices of how abuse is being handled, and what proper biblical responses look like. An excellent resource for pastors who want to help and not hurt.

Brad Hambrick mentioned include the Church Cares program, and Making Sense of Forgiveness: Moving from Hurt toward Hope. and God’s Attributes: Rest For Life’s Struggles

For domestic abuse, go to Called to Peace.org.

Darby Strickland’s book, Is It Abuse? which is an excellent resource for both victims and church leaders for identifying patterns of abuse. And specifically, Darby speaks in one chapter regarding sexual abuse in marriage.

Dr. Jeremy Pierre and Dr. Greg Wilson’s book When Home Hurts is particularly helpful for church leaders.

Enjoy this episode on our YouTube channel.

Season 2 Episode 4

From his many opportunities, Brad openly shares powerful and practical insights to level up what it means to care. Brad and Ann Maree discuss phases of abuse, rightly discerning next steps, theological concepts needed to shepherd women well, and so much more. 

Brad Hambrick mentioned include the Church Cares program, and Making Sense of Forgiveness: Moving from Hurt toward Hope. and God’s Attributes: Rest For Life’s Struggles

To learn more about domestic abuse, go to Called to Peace.org.

Darby Strickland’s book, Is It Abuse?

Dr. Jeremy Pierre and Dr. Greg Wilson’s book When Home Hurts is particularly helpful for church leaders.

Season 2: Episode 3

We join Michelle in the second part of her story where she elaborates on the devastating situation that impacts every aspect of her life, including her children and church family.

If you want to know more about domestic abuse, go to Called to Peace.org. They have a lot of resources that would be helpful can get a hold of an advocate if you need one.

Also, I recommend Darby Strickland’s book, Is It Abuse? which is an excellent resource for both victims and church leaders for identifying patterns of abuse. And specifically Darby speaks in one chapter regarding sexual abuse in marriage.

And then as I’ve said before, Dr. Jeremy Pierre and Dr. Greg Wilson’s book When Home Hurts is particularly helpful for church leaders.

Season 2 Episode 2

We welcome back Melissa Affolter, as she helps us understand more about Michelle's situation - specifically about the ways to help victims of domestic abuse and survivors - as they navigate the healing process from this trauma, especially as it relates to sexual abuse and marriage.

Visit Melissa’s website including ReStoried. ReStoried support groups are designed from a Christ-centered theological framework and clinically informed perspective.

If you want to know more about domestic abuse, go to Called to Peace.org. They have a lot of resources that would be helpful can get a hold of an advocate if you need one.
We recommend Darby Strickland’s book, Is It Abuse? : A Biblical Guide to Identifying Domestic Abuse and Helping Victims.  Also recommended is Dr. Jeremy Pierre and Dr. Greg Wilson’s book When Home Hurts:  A Guide for Responding Wisely to Domestic Abuse in Your Church. Particularly helpful for church leaders.

Additional references and Resources:
Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman
Diane Langberg
Beth Broom Christian Trauma Healing Network
Karen Corcoran

Season 2 Episode 1

Lately, numerous victims and survivors have come forward to report domestic abuse which is occurring just as much within congregations as in the broader society. It is a privilege to introduce you to this season's Story-Teller, Michelle.

If you want to know more about domestic abuse, go to Called to Peace.org. They have a lot of resources that would be helpful can get a hold of an advocate if you need one.

Also, I recommend Darby Strickland’s book, Is It Abuse? which is  an excellent resource for both victims and church leaders for identifying patterns of abuse. And specifically Darby speaks in one chapter regarding sexual abuse in marriage.

And then as I’ve said before, Dr. Jeremy Pierre and Dr. Greg Wilson’s book When Home Hurts is particularly helpful for church leaders.

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