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TRAUMA AND HER VICTIMS

The groans of the dying rise from the city,

and the souls of the wounded cry out for help.

Job. 24:12


My friend Mike and I are studying the book "Between Two Worlds" by John Stott. In the book, Stott encourages preachers to be aware of their surrounding culture. One way of doing this is paying attention to movies, tv shows and books that are circulating in our culture.


Mike took that advice and perused the New York Times bestseller lists. He was surprised to see several books in the non fiction list that addressed the issue of trauma. These titles included "What Happened to You?" by Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey and "The Body Keeps Score" by Bessel van der Kolk. (The Kolk book was first published in 2014 but has re-entered our consciousness.)


America is a nation in trauma. 2020 gave us the triple whammy of a deadly pandemic, an eruption of pent-up anger and frustration at racial injustice and the loss of jobs through a depressed economy.


We are living through and trying to manage trauma - both personal and corporate.


Sheila Wise-Rowe is the author of "Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience". She and I will be teaming to present a two part series addressing the themes in her book. I will be speaking on May 25 and she will be speaking on June 1. If interested please register here: https://conta.cc/3f40Yt2


Peace.


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