Comments on Steven Tracy’s Book – Mending the Soul
UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.
My pile of books on forgiveness continues to grow. I am gathering the data to do a biblical study on the subject so that abuse victims can be set free from so much of the nonsense floating around our churches. We really are not clear on forgiveness. Pretty strange. I pick up a book, I read some of it, I put it down. “Well, that guy is all messed up too,” I tell my wife. How can I tell? Is it that I am just soooo brilliant and way, way far ahead of these authors? No. Well, in one way, yes.
I know about abuse. I know more than they do. I am learning about its mentality and its tactics. And that is how I know they are wrong in what they are teaching about forgiveness.
Then I picked up Steven Tracy’s book, Mending the Soul [*Affiliate link], Zondervan, 2005. The tenth chapter is about forgiveness. This is not primarily a book about forgiveness, but about abuse. And guess what? Lo and behold, the guy who gets forgiveness right is the guy who specializes in abuse! This is evidence that my theory is correct – abuse is the test case for much of our theology. Tracy is wise to the abuser. No way is he going to insist that the Bible will have reconciliation of the victim and the abuser included. He warns about the abuser’s crafty and deceptive repentance, and notes that Christians and churches are very often sucked in by him.
I still have to read the rest of the book. But I suspect it is going to be a good one. An author who gets forgiveness right is someone who gets my attention. This book is worth buying if only for the 10th chapter.
Many thanks to Steven Tracy. Visit him at Mending the Soul