Guest / Limited Access /
Reviews

/

The Bible's Unequivocal 'No' to Domestic Violence
iStock
Is It My Fault?: Hope and Healing for Those Suffering Domestic Violence.
Our Rating
4 Stars - Excellent
Book Title
Is It My Fault?: Hope and Healing for Those Suffering Domestic Violence.
Author
Publisher
Moody Publishers
Release Date
May 1, 2014
Pages
240
Price
$11.92
Buy Is It My Fault?: Hope and Healing for Those Suffering Domestic Violence. from Amazon

I can't write about domestic violence without a nod to my current context: I live in a small, impoverished country in sub-Saharan Africa where domestic abuse, including physical and sexual violence against women and girls, is rampant. Women have few resources for getting out, getting safe, and getting help.

One of my friends and colleagues—a minister in the largest Protestant church in this country—says churches are seldom able to address the issue. Domestic violence is considered more or less "normal," she tells me, and clergy are inclined to dismiss it either as unimportant or as something to which a God-fearing woman should submit.

Until I read Is It My Fault? Hope and Healing for Those Suffering Domestic Violence (Moody Publishers), by Justin S. and Lindsey A. Holcomb, I had no idea that the leading cause of death for African American women ages 15 to 45 is murder at the hands of a partner. Nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who has faced domestic violence (90 percent of the victims are women). As the Holcombs show, the effects of domestic abuse are wide-ranging, unpredictable, severe, and long-lasting, affecting both the women and their children. Boys witnessing domestic violence, for example, are twice as likely to become abusers themselves.

Justin (a pastor and adjunct professor at Reformed Theological Seminary) and his wife, Lindsey (a case manager at a domestic violence shelter), answer the title's question with an unequivocal "no." They also acknowledge that while "many victims believe clergy have the most potential to help them," in fact "[clergy] are too often the least helpful and sometimes even harmful."

Indeed, years ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

From Issue:
Browse All Book Reviews By:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
Also in this IssueTwitter's Social Innovator: All In for God
Twitter's Social Innovator: All In for God
What happened the second time he flooded my life.
RecommendedThe Bible Never Says 'All Men Are Created Equal'
Subscriber Access Only The Bible Never Says 'All Men Are Created Equal'
How the New Testament offers a better, higher calling than the Declaration of Independence.
TrendingWhy Do We Have Christmas Trees?
Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?
The history behind evergreens, ornaments, and holiday gift giving.
Editor's PickWhen Christmas Meets the ‘Umbrage Industry’
When Christmas Meets the ‘Umbrage Industry’
If history is any guide, there’s no escaping the hostilities that erupt every December.
Christianity Today
The Bible's Unequivocal 'No' to Domestic Violence
hide thisMay May

In the Magazine

May 2014

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.