Friday, July 15, 2016

Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife by Ruth Tucker

★★★★★  The publisher provided a copy for review
This book knocked me off my feet. Tucker asks why the Church still tolerates domestic abuse under the guise of wifely (or husbandly) submission.

I read and quoted Tucker's work for my dissertation, admiring her excellent research and writing, so helpful to historians and missiologists.

In this book, her piercing honesty and reflections on sufferings as an abused spouse  - and how a local congregation and fellow believers can support or discourage the hurting - broke my heart. Who knew?

Several of our friends are therapists and counselors. They hear these stories regularly and help the abused heal. For the rest of us, Tucker exposes the heartache of dashed hopes, the fear of physical and mental harm, and the escape from terror at home.

While her extreme honesty will make readers uncomfortable, it forces us to think about how we can be a refuge and sweet support for those who suffer domestic abuse - or a lack of safety in the Church or community. Highly recommended.

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