Trusting Gods People ...Again
Blake Coffee and Debbie Taylor Williams
Trusting God's People Again CONFERENCE: Invite Debbie to speak to kick off your church-wide conference or life group.
This Review is from Dr. Larry Crabb
author of Shattered Dreams and The Pressure’s Off
Our longing for community is a hot topic. Programs, ideas, and resources have flooded the Christian marketplace. One thing is glaringly missing: an honest discussion of how Christians hurt each other and what to do about it. This book fills the gap. Its biblical wisdom and painful realis, point the way to knowing God better and reflecting Him more clearly in the way we related when we’ve been wounded. Vital reading!
This Review is from D.L. Lowrie
Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church, Lubbock, Texas
The Father has uniquely prepared Blake Coffee and Debbie Williams to join in a writing project that can be a healing balm to the wounded. I wish I had been armed by these insights as a young minister attempting to lead a congregation of wounded saints!
This Review is from Don Guthrie
Pastor, First Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas
For 11 years it has been my privilege to admire Blake Coffee, to observe first-hand his God-given abilities to help people in conflict and after conflict. The ideas that fill this book have been taught in our congregation with powerful, positive results. Debbie Williams’ fictional story adds a new and compelling impact. As a pastor, I’ve seen the benefits for people who encounter the wisdom of God through this excellent book. I think you will, too.
This Review is from Joyce Handzo
If a fellow believer in Christ has ever hurt you, Trusting God's People...Again can help you explore your feelings and encourage a scriptural response to your situation. The authors quote an astounding statistic that anywhere from 15% to 40% of Christians have felt betrayed and wounded by the church. These numbers show that this issue is prevalent across the country and needs to be addressed. These pages recognize the very real pain people are experiencing, as well as the One who has the power to heal those hearts.
It should be immediately noted that this book doesn't offer a lot of empty platitudes, or clever phrases to cover up the hurt Christians have. Instead, the authors directly tie in sound biblical principles with contemporary situations, showing readers real solutions to their circumstances. To highlight the relevancy of Scripture in our modern world, a selection of fictional journal entries, by a woman named Mavis, parallel the main teaching of this book. The words of Mavis are brutally honest and capture many of the thoughts and feelings a wounded believer has. Readers will watch her transition from disappointment and anger to enlightenment and understanding. In a special way, Mavis invites wounded Christians to come alongside her, as she crawls and stumbles to a place of peace. Her story is full of raw emotion and will resonant with many believers.
This book has been successful in support groups for people hurt by the church. The biblical principles are sound and encourage a response from readers. There is a steady progression of ideas expressed here, from reconciliation to recommitment to re-engaging in the church. This is not a book to merely read and close, while nodding your head at the implications. Readers will examine some hard issues like reconciling with those who hurt you, and recommitting to God as a major part of the healing process. The authors don't gloss over the problems, but strive to connect with wounded believers through an intellectual, emotional and spiritual pathway that will bring about a permanent and peaceful closure to their situations.