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Cokesbury

Moral Injury

Restoring Wounded Souls
  • By Larry Kent Graham
Restoring Wounded Souls
  • By Larry Kent Graham
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If we can share our burdens, we can bear them. If we can bear them, we can change the circumstances that brought them about.

If we can share our burdens, we can bear them. If we can bear them, we can change the circumstances that brought them about. In a world where anything goes, people have a hard time deciding what is right and what is wrong. Pastors have a hard time helping people discern right and wrong because the church’s theological language of sin and redemption have so little currency and even less cultural relevancy.

How can pastors help people deal with their feelings of guilt, shame, and responsibility when most many people don’t believe in sin and have a limited or “flexible” moral framework?

People need help assessing moral alternatives, reconciling what they have done with what they think is right, recovering from burdens of guilt and shame, and imagining moral options to serve the common good. It is the call of pastors, chaplains, and other spiritual caregivers to help people move from moral injury to pardon and, eventually, to sustained recovery and resilience—in essence this book will help pastors reclaim their pastoral tasks of soul care and moral guidance without succumbing to the temptation of moralizing.

"Moral Injury affirms what we all know: We face decisions filled with moral conflict, we take actions that defy our values and hurt others, and we are wounded by experiences and the decisions of others. Graham’s pastoral wisdom awakens hope and shows that moral courage, creative living, and personal and systemic healing—“mending our ways”—are possible." -- Jaco J. Hamman, Director of the Program in Theology and Practice, Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology and Culture, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN

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If we can share our burdens, we can bear them. If we can bear them, we can change the circumstances that brought them about.

If we can share our burdens, we can bear them. If we can bear them, we can change the circumstances that brought them about. In a world where anything goes, people have a hard time deciding what is right and what is wrong. Pastors have a hard time helping people discern right and wrong because the church’s theological language of sin and redemption have so little currency and even less cultural relevancy.

How can pastors help people deal with their feelings of guilt, shame, and responsibility when most many people don’t believe in sin and have a limited or “flexible” moral framework?

People need help assessing moral alternatives, reconciling what they have done with what they think is right, recovering from burdens of guilt and shame, and imagining moral options to serve the common good. It is the call of pastors, chaplains, and other spiritual caregivers to help people move from moral injury to pardon and, eventually, to sustained recovery and resilience—in essence this book will help pastors reclaim their pastoral tasks of soul care and moral guidance without succumbing to the temptation of moralizing.

"Moral Injury affirms what we all know: We face decisions filled with moral conflict, we take actions that defy our values and hurt others, and we are wounded by experiences and the decisions of others. Graham’s pastoral wisdom awakens hope and shows that moral courage, creative living, and personal and systemic healing—“mending our ways”—are possible." -- Jaco J. Hamman, Director of the Program in Theology and Practice, Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology and Culture, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781501800757
    • Manufacturer: Abingdon Press
    • Binding Type: Adhesive - Perfect Binding
    • ISBN 13: 9781501800757
    • Publication Date: 07/18/2017
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Larry Kent Graham
    • Page Count: 192
    • Width: 6.00 inches
    • Height: 9.00 inches
    • Length: 9.00 inches
    • Weight: 0.58 pounds
    • SKU: 9781501800764
    • Manufacturer: Abingdon Press
    • ISBN 13: 9781501800764
    • Publication Date: 07/18/2017
    • Format: Electronic Media
    • Author: Larry Kent Graham
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