Not Under Bondage: Update

Not Under BondageThey’re there in every church, in every community, amongst your customers. Not aliens: abused women; but all too often they’re treated like aliens if not like animals. Most are silent: they’ve been beaten into silence, some verbally, some physically; but whether verbal or physical, it’s still abuse; and all too often, instead of becoming a place of refuge and safety for them, churches have become silent partners in their abuse, havens for their abusers.

This book by Barbara Roberts breaks that silence and helps to break down some of the barriers that much Christian teaching and thinking has placed in the way of these women, trapping them in the prisons of their abusive marriages. In the author’s own words, from her post A Hot Potato:

Not Under Bondage differs from other Christian books on divorce in that it focuses primarily on divorce for domestic abuse. It explains the scriptural dilemmas of abuse victims, carefully examines the scriptures and scholarly research, and shows how the Bible sets victims of abuse free from bondage and guilt.

Maschil Press Returns Policy (pdf, 96kb)The book is now available to order from STL UK (albeit not actually in stock as I write) or can be ordered direct from the author herself, whose trade terms include an especially enlightened returns policy (pdf, 96kb). My experience at LST, however, suggests that you’re unlikely to need to make use of that policy: my stock has all sold through and I fully expect to be restocking for the autumn term. The book addresses an important topic that we cannot afford to ignore.

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More reviews and resources can be found on the Not Under Bondage website.

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