How Survivors of Abuse Relate to God: The Authentic Spirituality of the Annihilated Soul

1st Edition

Susan Shooter

Routledge
Published November 17, 2016
Reference - 224 Pages
ISBN 9781138279636 - CAT# Y315896
Series: Explorations in Practical, Pastoral and Empirical Theology

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Summary

Grappling with theological issues raised by abuse, this book argues that the Church should be challenged, and ministered to, by survivors. Paying careful attention to her interviews with Christian women survivors, Shooter finds that through painful experiences of transformation they have surprisingly become potential agents of transformation for others. Shooter brings the survivors' narratives into dialogue with the story of Job and with medieval mystic Marguerite Porete's spirituality of 'annihilation'. Culminating in an engagement with contemporary feminist theology concerning power and powerlessness, there emerges a set of principles for authentic community spirituality which crosses boundaries with God, supports appropriate human boundaries and, crucially, listens attentively. Appealing to Church leaders, students, practitioners and practical theologians, this book offers a creative and ethical theological enquiry as well as some spiritual anchor points for survivors.

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