Wounded in the Church by Ray Beeson & Chris Hayward

About The Book


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Church should be a safe place, right? Then why do so many get hurt there?

Ray Beeson and Chris Hayward combine their years of ministry experience to address head-on the elephant in the room: church members and church leaders hurt Christians. All the time. And the long-lasting effects—rejection, shame, despair, loneliness, fear—can be devastating. The authors have witnessed the rise of the “dones,” those who are just done with God thanks to scars from church.

With first-person stories of hurt and loss, this book is a wake-up call for any who deny woundedness in the church but is also a redemptive message for any who hurt from church wounds. Leaders and laypeople alike will learn how to grieve over abuse, to leave unhealthy attitudes and patterns that cause pain, and to trust in God’s real, delivering work through churches that build up, not tear down.

Thanks to the grace of God, there is always hope beyond the pain.


About the Authors

Ray Beeson is the director of Overcomers Ministries, a teaching ministry with a special emphasis on spiritual warfare and prayer. Ray teaches seminars on spiritual warfare, prayer, and Christlike living and is the author of numerous books including Signed in His Blood (Charisma House, 2014) and The Hidden Price of Greatness (Overcomers, 2000). Ray and his wife, Linda, live in Ventura, CA.

Chris Hayward has had over thirty-six years of pastoral ministry and is currently serving as president of Cleansing Stream Ministries, a discipleship ministry that works with the local church around the world. He is also the author of God’s Cleansing Stream (Chosen Books, 2004) and The End of Rejection(Chosen Books, 2007). Chris and his wife, Karen, live in Castaic, CA.

My Review

When I first read the title of this book, I couldn't wait to read it even though I'm not typically a non-fiction reader. I know many who have been wounded in the church in some way. This book skillfully addresses the reasons many are wounded, how to handle forgiveness, and what we as believers can do to help. It identifies how leaders and church members can help versus cause more difficulties. I think it is a great book for anyone to read whether you're the one who's been hurt, the one who may have been hurt, or the leader/fellow member trying to help. 

I liked the way the book is divided into two parts. Part One focuses on the pain, leaving Part Two to focus on the hope for joy. Each chapter ends with a Proverb and Psalms for the wounded. The authors seem knowledgeable and use anecdotes to make their points. The style keeps you interested as you read each chapter.

I would give this book a five star rating. I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 


Guest Post from Ray Beeson & Chris Hayward

When we tell people we’ve written a book entitled “Wounded in the Church,” many nod knowingly. Sadly, the pain and heartache that happens in churches is all too common. Collectively, the two of us have spent more than 70 years in ministry. During that time we have seen neglect, tactlessness, and blatant insensitivity fostered by some leaders and congregations resulting in the wounding of others. We realize it is not prolific in every church, but the wounding is significant and it needs to be exposed. That is why we wrote this book – we share real stories of real people who were wounded in church, a place that should be a shelter of God’s love and peace. Sometimes people are abused by leaders or church members. There are also times when leaders are abused by people within the congregation. As you read, perhaps you’ll identify with some of the situations described. If so, be assured you are not alone. If you have been wounded, it is our hope and prayer God uses this book to facilitate healing. Because of Jesus Christ, there is hope beyond the pain.


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  1. Ray Beeson

    Very encouraging review. We trust that those who read the book will be encouraged to continue with a group of people who will give help and support the way Jesus meant it to be.
    Ray Beeson

  2. Marilyn R

    Nice review for Wounded in the Church. I’m going to have to see about getting a copy.

  3. Jocelyn

    Thanks for the review. I agree that every Christian should read this book. So many times, someone says something, thinking they are being funny, and they send a sword into someones heart. Sounds like a great book that I would love to read.

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