Dr. Leonard Hedges-Goettl’s book available for sale online
When you preach on a typical Sunday morning, you can be sure that you are looking in the faces of people who have been and are being sexually abused. More than one in five women and at least one in eleven men report being sexually abused as children, and these figures do not account for the sexual abuse of adults. This means that on any given Sunday morning in every church, victims, abusers, and their families all sit, stand, listen, sing and pray together at the worship service. Left alone, these lives can follow a path of failure and destruction despite wonderful preaching and otherwise effective programming. This book aims to address the great hurt. Called upon to offer advice, guidance, and comfort to parishioners, their families and the congregation on a myriad of medical, mental health, social, legal, and theological issues, this book offers concrete, practical suggestions for the situations that pastors face in the parish today.