Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church
:Power has a God-given role in human relationships and institutions, but it can lead to abuse when used in unhealthy ways. Speaking into current #metoo and #churchtoo conversations, this book shows that the body of Christ desperately needs to understand...
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:Power has a God-given role in human relationships and institutions, but it can lead to abuse when used in unhealthy ways. Speaking into current #metoo and #churchtoo conversations, this book shows that the body of Christ desperately needs to understand the forms power takes, how it is abused, and how to respond to abuses of power.
Although many Christians want to prevent abuse in their churches and organizations, they lack a deep and clear-eyed understanding of how power actually works. Internationally recognized psychologist Diane Langberg offers a clinical and theological framework for understanding how power operates, the effects of the abuse of power, and how power can be redeemed and restored to its proper God-given place in relationships and institutions. This book not only helps Christian leaders identify and resist abusive systems but also shows how they can use power to protect the vulnerable in their midst.
Diane Langberg, Ph.D., has been a licensed psychologist in private practice for twenty-five years; for nearly all of those years she has worked with survivors of sexual abuse. She is a speaker at local and national conferences for clergy, women, couples, students, and professional counselors. Dr. Langberg writes the counselor column in Today's Christian Woman magazine and has also written for Partnership magazine, Urban Mission Journal, and Christian Counseling Today. Her books include Counsel for Pastors' Wives (Zondervan, 1988), On the Threshold of Hope: Opening the Door to Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse (Tyndale, 1999) and Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse (Xulon, 2003).-Editorial Review. .
- :<b>contents</b>prelude<b>part 1: Power Defined</b>1. The Source And Purpose Of Power2. Vulnerability And Power3. The Role Of Deception In The Abuse Of Power4. The Influence Of Power And The Weight Of Words<b>part 2: Power Abused</b>5. Understanding Abuse Of Power6. Power In Human Systems7. Power Between Men And Women8. The Intersection Of Race And Power9. Power Abused In The Church10. Christendom Seduced By Power<b>part 3: Power Redeemed</b>11. Redemptive Power And The Person Of Christ12. Christ-honoring Individuals And Systemspostlude