"Wounded by God's People" is a Christian Living book about forgiving and healing from deep hurts. The target audience seems to be Christians who have been so badly hurt by other Christians that they are deeply bitter and angry and have completely rejected the church or even God.
From the first few pages, I'd expected more of a Bible study with a focus on how we shouldn't reject God based on how God's people act. So I'd expected a focus on what God is like (compared to his people), but the book focused more on how we ought to respond to Christians when they hurt us. There were some points about how God pursued and had plans for Hagar, but the focus of Anne's stories was more on forgiving others and healing.
Each chapter had two main parts: Anne's speculative retelling of the Hagar story and Anne's stories of how she's been hurt and what she found helped her to heal from that hurt. Hagar's story was mainly used to point out the different ways a person might feel when hurt by one of God's people.
The book was generally easy to follow, but I got stuck on things like God being in the darkness and God using hurt to plow us deep so fruit can grow. I didn't really follow how she was getting that from the Bible, but probably I simply wasn't understanding her metaphors.
To be honest, I found "The Search for Peace" by Robert McGee to be easier to follow and more helpful in leading me to forgive and heal from deep hurts of all kinds. But others might feel that Anne's book speaks to their hearts and touches them where they're at.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher through Booksneeze.com.
In her latest book, Wounded by God's People, Anne Graham Lotz gently approaches the subject of being wounded, as well as becoming a wounder, but she doesn't stop there. She also encourages the reader toward repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Through the Biblical story of Hagar, the Egyptian slave to Abraham and Sarah, Anne walks through the painful process of wounding that takes place in the hearts and lives of people, oftentimes inflicted by the people we've grown closest too, in the Body of Christ.
Anne shares from the hurtful experiences in her own past. She walks vulnerably down a road of transparency, as she encourages the reader to take a deeper look into their own life and actions, exposing areas where deeper works of cleansing need to take place. Her thoughts and words are backed by scripture, as she points us toward the God who loves and cares for both the wounded and the wounder. She reminds us that God does hear when we call, even as He heard the voice of Hagar in the wilderness.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever been hurt. Even if you think you have everything under control, this is a must read. God has blessings for each one of us, even in hurtful experiences. We have to accept and embrace the times of wounding...but Anne tells it so much more eloquently, so get yourself a copy of this book.
Anne G. Lotz has written an important message for our church culture today. I am a pastor's wife, involved in full time ministry, and I wish everyone I know would invest their time in reading Wounded by God's People. Churches keep trying to change music styles, programming and preachers thinking that one or the other will bring about church growth. I wish every church would hold a class to discuss what Anne has so perfectly said in this book. The early church grew because they had great love for the Lord and great love for one another. People, especially people who have been hurt by another Christian, are becoming disillusioned with the church and often with Christianity. This book will make you think and will probably make you think twice - about the way you speak to and about your brothers and sisters in the faith. Thank you Anne, for an important book with a profound message.