Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church

Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church Review

Power has a God-given role in human relationships and institutions, but it can lead to abuse when used in unhealthy ways. Speaking into current #MeToo and #ChurchToo conversations, this book shows that the body of Christ desperately needs to understand the forms power takes, how it is abused, and how to respond to abuses of power.

Although many Christians want to prevent abuse in their churches and organizations, they lack a deep and clear-eyed understanding of how power actually works. Internationally recognized psychologist Diane Langberg offers a clinical and theological framework for understanding how power operates, the effects of the abuse of power, and how power can be redeemed and restored to its proper God-given place in relationships and institutions. This book not only helps Christian leaders identify and resist abusive systems but also shows how they can use power to protect the vulnerable in their midst.

Title:Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church
Edition Language:English

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    Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church Reviews

  • Persis

    I am still pondering "Redeeming Power." But my first impression is that this is a powerful call to the church and especially its leaders to be like Christ in its use of the authority he has given. One...

  • Marie Griffith

    It took three years to learn about and understand what happened to me and my family at the church we left in 2017. Dr. Diane Langberg and her work helped give me the language to tell our story of spir...

  • Jacqueline Wright

    This book is pure gold! It is a must-have for every Christian, including church leaders, Bible Colleges, Seminaries, counsellors, therapists, victims, survivors and supporters. It is a call to the chu...

  • George P.

    In his 1633 poem, “The Bag,” George Herbert depicted the Incarnation as a descent from almighty majesty to naked vulnerability:The God of power, as he did rideIn his majestic robes of glorie,Reser...

  • Christie Leggett

    This is the first book I have read by Diane Langberg, and it will certainly NOT be my last!I was a little skeptical that I would be mired in story after story of actual abuse, wading through the muck,...

  • Lori Williams

    “Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but wi...

  • Jonathan

    Buy a copy for your Pastor, Priest, Elders, Church leaders.This is a heart wrenching account of God's love for the vulnerable and hurting, and the dangers we face when we have authority and power, whe...

  • Peter Neumann

    Sermonesque Exploration of Power in the ChurchLangberg provides a helpful overview of the nature of power abuse and its damage in the context of the church. This is a good book on an important subject...

  • Kenneth J.

    Diane Langberg's "Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church" contributes a relevant, informative resource and primer regarding abusive leadership in churches, Christian organiza...

  • Leslie

    "Redeeming Power" will be a book I'll keep close at hand for many years to come. Diane Langberg does an excellent job shining light on the way abuse happens and what needs to be present in the church ...