This book provides a well-researched biblical and scientific overview of abuse. It deals with the various types of abuse, the various effects of abuse, and the means of healing. Abuse can be sexual, physical, spiritual, and verbal. The chief arguments pursued throughout the book are: (1) abuse is far more rampant than most Christians realize. (2) All types of abuse create profound, long-term soul damage due to the way abuse perverts various aspects of the image of God. (3) God is the healing redeemer. (4) Healing must take place in the context of relationships.
Humans are deeply impacted by others due to being made in the image of God. Just as surely as abusive relationships have tremendous power to wound the soul, so healthy relationships have tremendous power to nurture and heal the soul. Questions answered in the book include: How can a genuine believer abuse a child? Why would someone abuse a child? How can parents and children’s workers identify abusers? How can abuse victims heal? What does genuine healing look like? Is anger appropriate or hurtful for abuse victims? Where does forgiveness fit in? Includes illustrations, case studies, and art therapy drawings as well as sample child protection policies, applications, screening interviews, and warning signs of potential abusers.