A 40-Day Devotional for Healing from Church Hurt and for Loving Well in Ministry
FaithWords, 9781478975458, 192pp.
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
List Price: 14.99*
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RENEWED is a devotional providing healing for those in ministry who have been hurt in the church.
Ministry is a privilege, but it can also be a painful experience. Unrealistic expectations, church conflict, forced resignations, and our own struggles with burnout, loneliness, and insecurity can make church feel more like a place of wounding than a place of healing. How can wounded leaders find the courage to reject bitterness and keep loving the church?
RENEWED is a forty-day devotional for women in ministry, ministry wives, and lay leaders who have been wounded by their congregations. You are not alone. God sees your pain. He knows your hurts. And he is waiting to bind up your broken heart. This forty-day journey into the healing love of Jesus will help you find the courage to stop hiding and start loving the church again.
About the Author
LEIGH POWERS has been in full-time ministry for the past 15 years, and is a pastor's wife and devoted Bible student. Leigh's works have been published in MomSense, Just Between Us, Seek, Penned From the Heart, and at (in)courage.me. She has written over 100 Bible study lessons for publishers such as BaptistWay Press, Smyth & Helwys, and Union Gospel Press. She earned her MDiv at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Praise For Renewed: A 40-Day Devotional for Healing from Church Hurt and for Loving Well in Ministry…
"I absolutely love this book. Leigh is honest, candid, raw, and open. I don't know a pastor's wife anywhere who hasn't been where she's been. I also don't know many who are bold enough to express their thoughts and feelings the way Leigh has expressed them. I love most that when Leigh struggled with her faith, she chose to press in to God rather than run away. As a pastor's wife who's had to learn to love the church over the long haul, I am grateful for this book!"—Leighann McCoy, pastor's wife and author of Spiritual Warfare for Women, A Woman's Guide to Hearing God's Voice, and Taking Responsibility for the Choices We Make
"Being a pastor's wife has simultaneously been one of my greatest joys and my greatest struggles. When I've experienced hurts and heartaches, I haven't known what to do beyond turning to the Lord. That's why I'm grateful for Leigh Powers. In RENEWED, she offers us a knowing heart and a guiding hand as we seek the Lord's healing, something we all will need at some point in ministry."—Christine Hoover, author of The Church Planting Wife and Messy Beautiful Friendship
"As a pastor's wife, daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter, I related to every single word in Leigh's book. Someone in my family has experienced just about every worst-case scenario imaginable in ministry. But one of the most beautiful parts of being part of a family with well over 100 years of ministry experience is hearing the stories of restoration, of redemption, of reconciliation. Leigh's stories coupled with biblical truth offer all of us in ministry a tool for moving through the hard seasons and celebrating the hope we have in Christ. This book belongs on the bedside table of every pastor's wife."—Teri Lynne Underwood, writer, speaker, and author of Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They Need Most
"Being in ministry can be a joy, but it can also bring about pain and loneliness. Leigh Powers, a pastor's wife, shares from her heart with honesty and transparency about the struggles of being on a church staff. I found myself saying, 'Yes, I've felt and thought those exact things.' But Leigh doesn't just share about the struggles; she shares how to walk through those difficult times by being honest with God and allowing Him to heal the hurts that are inevitable in ministry. This is a must-have book for not only those in full-time ministry, but for every Christian."—Crickett Keeth, Director of Women's Ministry at First Evangelical Church, author of The Gift of Rest, and co-author of Sumatra with the Seven Churches
"RENEWED is written from the heart with transparent, authentic emotion as Leigh Powers shares her wounds from the fierce battles of ministry through the instrument of prayer taken straight from her prayer journal. But then -- and this is what I love -- Leigh takes her story and reflects God's light on the hurt through His Word. She shares wisdom and insight into how the relevant scripture impacts and transforms the difficult place into a watershed of God's grace. Each of the 40 devotions end in a prayer and an opportunity for the reader to contemplate her own life, her own wounds and lay them honestly at the feet of Jesus where He can take their despair, infuse it with His hope, and bring healing to His faithful servant. Have you been wounded by the church, especially due to ministry? RENEWED will take you straight to the throne of grace where your painful places can be soothed and healed by the Father's love."—Nan Jones, pastor's wife of 31 years, speaker, and author of The Perils of a Pastor's Wife
"Leigh Power's RENEWED gripped me from the start and held me through forth days of help and healing. It is honest and refreshing."—Bob Hostetler, author of Life Stinks... And Then You Die
"Practical, honest, down-to-earth, and inspirational. Those are the words I'd use to describe Leigh Powers' book, RENEWED. I only wish it had been available when I was starting out two decades ago as a ministry leader and pastor's wife! I highly recommend it as an encouraging and much-needed resource."—Dena Dyer, speaker, coach, and author/co-author of ten books including Love at First Fight: 52 Story-Based Meditations for Married Couples