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“After everything that happened I could never go back.” That sentence appears on the back cover of Stephen Mansfield’s book, Healing Your Church Hurt: What To Do When You Still Love God But Have Been Wounded by His People. He looks at why people are leaving the church by the droves and many are saying just that. They have been hurt by well- meaning church going people. Words play over and over in their head and the hurt caused by “God’s people” causes them to run away from the faith family.
Stephen Mansfield is a former pastor who discusses his own hurt at the hands of those who were a part of the faith family. He quickly lets the reader know this is not a book about fixing the church. It is a book about finding healing yourself. You are not the first to be hurt by the church and you won’t be the last. He gives a mini-history lesson of great men of faith who were hurt by fellow believers but went on to do mighty things for the Lord. The author gives specific things to do and not to do to find the healing those who are hurt desire. He reminds his reader to move forward and stop replaying events of the past. It is a new day and God is not finished with you yet. So many of his words are a reminder that Christ suffered and we will too. It is what we do in the crisis that defines our faith or lack thereof.
If you have been hurt or know someone who has, I would say this is a must read. The first question to ask is: do you want to get well? If so, the keys to healing are in these pages, but it all begins with wanting to be healed.