Ruth Tucker recounts a harrowing story of abuse at the hands of her husband, a well-educated, charming preacher no less, in hope that her story would help other women caught in a cycle of domestic violence and offer a balanced biblical approach to counter such abuse for pastors and counselors.
Weaving together her shocking story, stories of other women, and powerful stories of husbands who truly have demonstrated Christ's love to their wives, with reflection on biblical, theological, historical, and contemporary issues surrounding domestic violence, she makes a compelling case for mutuality in marriage and helps women and men become more aware of potential dangers in a doctrine of male headship.
- Fresh information on an important topic
This is a very important book for both men and women to read. However, there is very little "story" to it. It's more of an exegesis of Scriptures that refer to domestic violence, the role of women and men in relationships, etc. Much of the information is excellent, and blows away the current church view of male leadership; However, readers who learn better by hearing others' stories may get bored with all the bible teaching. Some of it was a bit redundant and I tended to let my mind wander and often had to fast forward through certain parts in order to finish the book. To be fair, the writer is a college professor and this type of writing is to be expected. For readers who enjoy a solid biblical teaching about an important topic, this book is an excellent choice, especially those for whom this topic is currently an issue.
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