Ann is right on about being wounded by God's people! I see it continually as I work with women in my church and elsewhere. For some reason...we think we are to use God's Word as a Sword against one another! NOT so! We are to provide healing ointment...a word of comfort or challenge...and always the word of how much, HOW MUCH God cares for the wounded.This book ranks high in my estimation of hitting the "nail on the head" concerning our treatment of the wounded in our church community....
We tend to think that God's servants are above being hurt; 513qnib9ecl-_sx334_bo1204203200_but that is just not true. As a matter of fact, I would venture to say that most ministers of the Word are hurt at least once in their ministry. I so appreciate Anne for being vulnerable and opening up to us about her own life while she teaches us through the life of Hagar on how to deal with hurt.
I had not ever taken much thought to Hagar and her son but God did. It is in the story of Hagar, that we find the name for God, El Roi, The God Who Sees Me. He cares so much about each one of us and the plight we are in AND he is watching over us.
What I learned was the God Who Sees Me cares deeply for His own. He sees each and every one of us. He loves us so much. He has a plan for us but He also allows us to make our own decisions. So He waits for us to call out to Him to rescue Him.
Studying the plight of Hagar has helped me face my own situation. It has taught me to look at where I may have failed. IT has warned me to not be a wounder myself. It has taught me to forgive regardless of what the other party may do towards repentance and reconciliation.
This book would help anyone who has been hurt not only by the church, but by anyone. In this age where we seem to think everyone is bullying everyone else. I think we need to start looking at how Jesus handled those who bullied Him. "Forgive them, for they know not what they do."
If you have ever been hurt by someone, read this book.
I was able to identify as a wounded person and as a wounder. I had to ask God to forgive me for pass things I had not thought about or did not realize how I acted towards others. Reading this book was cleansing. It helped to open my eyes about holding on to past hurts, being angry with people long dead, and being prayerful about what I say and do in the future.