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Sunday, December 30, 2007

I'm giving away a copy of Baaad Sheep...When God's People Let You Down by Ellen Gillette

All you have to do to enter is post a comment saying why you want the book. Please leave me a way to contact you if you win. I'll pick a name from the hat on Wednesday!


Baaad Sheep: When God's People Let You Down

by Ellen Gillette / 10-session book-workbook


Softcover: 8.5 x 11", spiral
Page Count: 155 pp.
List Price: $14.95 USD
ISBN 10: 0-9792089-3-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-9792089-3-5

Excerpt:


““As a teenager, I was molested by a trusted family friend in our church. Over the years, I’ve suffered from the gossip mill that routinely operates among congregations of all shapes and sizes. I’ve sought help and counsel from pastors and left wondering why I’d bothered. I know what it’s like to have someone at church say, ‘I’ll be there for you’ and then disappear. I know what it’s like to have Christian friends forsake me based on rumor or assumption—or even based on accurate information…to walk into church and not feel safe, shadowing my husband David so that no one is able to catch me alone and inflict more pain. I know what it’s like to watch people be publicly affirmed as pillars of the congregation who have knowingly hurt me and my loved ones. It was at just such a point during a Sunday morning service that David turned to me and said simply, ‘I think we need to be somewhere else. ’Unfortunately, “somewhere else” can easily become nowhere at all....

“If you fall into the category of ‘formerly churched,’ my prayer is that this study will encourage you to make the effort to step back into the fray. Strictly speaking, church attendance is an obedience issue not to be treated lightly (see Hebrews10:25), but more than that, it’s a ‘God thing.’ Church isn’t full of perfect people, but it is full of people God wants us to learn to love. With all the potential for hurt in the church, you’ve got to admit it does make the perfect classroom!”


About the Author

A Christian since her teenaged years “a long, loooong time ago,” Ellen Gillette has been writing professionally for almost two decades, primarily as a weekly newspaper columnist, but also for both Christian and secular magazines. Raised in the mountains of North Carolina, she spent most of her life on the southeast coast of Florida. A former homeschooler, foreign missionary, and classroom teacher, Ellen serves in her local church, has a “real job” with another church, is a community theater enthusiast, and helps raise goats and grandchildren with David, her husband of thirty years, in Lillington, North Carolina.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

boy do l need to read this one! you know my childhood... need l say more! Percy

Nancy said...

This sounds exactly like what I need to start off the new year right. I'm one of the formerly churched.

Nancy
njones127 at tampabay dot rr dot com

windycindy said...

Hello, I,too, have had questions about some of the so-called Christians sitting in the pews on Sunday morning! My thoughts would turn to the idea that many were hypocrites. It took time and aging for me to begin to settle this issue with myself. Please enter me in your book drawing. Thanks,Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

This is exactly what I need to start off my new year. I would like to have a closer walk with God. shaythatcher@yahoo.com

Betsy said...

My dh and I are in the ministry. I would love to add this book to our resources!

betskev(at)earthlink(dot)net

Bebemiqui said...

sounds like a good read :0)

bebemiqui82 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Doreen said...

Sounds like a great book! Would love to read this.

ChristiS said...

This sounds like something I could really use!! Thanks for sharing!

dodo said...

Sounds like a good read. Count me in.

Qtpies7 said...

I would like to read this book. I am dealing with some hurt in our church. Someone who walks around inflicting damage, but pretending to do good. I also am in a ministry position and one of my goals is to make it safe in our church to share your struggles and pain without fear.
qtpies5@ msn.com

Lesha said...

I could use this to get a better understanding of people who call themselves Christians yet who act otherwise. It is sad and very disheartening.

HomeandHearth said...

I hadn't heard of this book until I saw your giveaway, but I'd really like to read it. I think it might help me with some of my own issues in separating the faith from some of the followers.

Michelle said...

And the winner is...

windycindy

Dorothy said...

Congratulations, windycindy!

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