You might also like to read my 2008 blog post, His Eye is on the Sparrow. It’s not fiction, but it is my story of a little bird. Oh, and some music, too: a contemporary rendition by CeCe Winans and Lauryn Hill of the grand old spiritual “His Eye is on the Sparrow.” Go ahead! Click it!
This review is my second in a series on gender, authority, and abuse. You can read the first one atQuivering Daughters by Hilary McFarland (A Review)
Why this series? The theme of emotional, spiritual and physical abuse has ranked really high on my radar in the past few years. I wish I could say this is just because I read a lot, but unfortunately, I have known far too many dear people who are painfully affected by these problems in their own homes and churches. Their stories haunt me. At times, there is really not much I can do for them but to encourage them, offer resources, and pray. But there is something more I can do to keep it from happening to other families. I can write. Maybe not fiction, but I can write! So I have joined a growing cadre of bloggers who are addressing this issue, especially as it relates to home schooling, parenting, marriage, and church. I have written a number of articles touching lightly on aspects of these subjects, such as Help for Hurting Marriages. However, my first major direct foray into this realm was my article Child Discipline or Child Abuse? which I wrote last year after Lydia Schatz, an adopted child, was beat to death by her home schooling parents who had been reading child discipline books by Michael Pearl. That post received thousands of page hits in the first few weeks, and nearly 18 months later it is still getting daily visitors. However, just this past week, it was time for another heart-rending post, this time about Sovereign Grace Ministries, our former church denomination, in the wake of its current turmoil about abuse of authority. You can read it here: My Thoughts on CJ Mahaney and Sovereign Grace Ministries. That blog post, like the other, has received thousands of visitors from all over the world. It’s been a really long and wearying week for me, rethinking and responding and rewriting. Much praying, too. I posted the sequel this morning here: My Recommendations for CJ Mahaney and SGM (From the Cheap Seats!)
Please pray for the writers and speakers addressing abuse issues wherever they are found. I can’t go into all the details of the challenges we face, but this is a critical time for us. We are just ordinary people, seeking to be used by God “for such as time as this.”