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God and the Victim - Lisa Lampman

Paperback Published: 17th November 1999
ISBN: 9780802845467
Number Of Pages: 316

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A probing look at one of America's pressing social concerns--crime and the spiritual needs of those who suffer because of it. Headlines and nightly news programs remind us constantly of the reality of crime and victims who suffer from it. This important book is the first to make a theological exploration of the spiritual issues that victims face in the aftermath of crime and to offer practical advice for assisting those in need. Written by teachers, theologians, and practitioners well known for their expertise in the field, GOD AND THE VICTIM probes and examines issues of evil, justice, victimization, and forgiveness. Working from the view that crime is primarily a spiritual issue, the authors look at examples of victimization in the Bible for guidance about we can better minister to victims today. Readers of the book will attain a deeper understanding of what crime victims experience, insight into their practical and spiritual needs, and concrete suggestions for giving wise and sensitive help. Including thought-provoking sidebars and study guides for personal or group use, this volume is the best av ailable resource for readers ranging from pastors and counselors to individuals whose own lives have been impacted by crime.

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Finding God in the Wake of Crime: Answers to Hard Questionsp. 1
Original Crime, Primal Carep. 17
The Mark of Evilp. 36
Responsibility toward Victims' Rightsp. 61
Go and Do Likewise: The Church's Role in Caring for Crime Victimsp. 70
Victimization and Healing: The Biblical Viewp. 89
The Contours of Justice: An Ancient Call for Shalomp. 107
Restoring Justicep. 131
Behold, I Make All Things Newp. 160
Every Knee Shall Bowp. 183
"Forgive and Forget" and Other Myths of Forgivenessp. 199
Assisting Crime Victims: A Continuum of Carep. 217
The Spiritual Problem of Crime: A Pastor's Callp. 235
Study Guidep. 251
Recommended Readingp. 298
About Neighbors Who Carep. 301
Neighbors Who Care Ministry Resourcesp. 303
Acknowledgmentsp. 305
NWC Theological Forum Participantsp. 307
Contributorsp. 311
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ISBN: 9780802845467
ISBN-10: 0802845460
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 17th November 1999
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.5