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Healing Wounded History
Reconciling Peoples and Healing Places
by Russ Parker
Publisher:SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Originally published in 2001 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd. Books by the long-standing Director of the Acorn Christian Healing Foundation are always worth reading. This re-issued title is no exception. As usual, Russ Parker stretches our understanding of the meaning of healing. He writes that over more than twenty-five years of praying with people and seeking help for himself, he has learnt that ‘the profile of healing is more complex than I had at first thought’. The healing agenda may begin with an individual’s request for prayer, but we soon have to engage with the context of our lives. That context takes the form of a ‘collection of group stories’, with all their memories and emotions, blessings and wounds.
Parker explores the stories of several human groups: The Family Group, starting with 3 generations in the biblical story of Abraham’s family; The Church Group, starting with the 2nd and 3rd chapters of Revelation (and including a fascinating chapter on ‘The Christian Day of Atonement’; The Community Group, particularly the city and The Tribal or Nation Group.
Reconciliation and the healing of group stories and wounds is the book’s theme. Parker has much to say about ‘representational confession’ and the way in which Jesus is the representational confessor.
He frequently refers to the workbook that is the essential companion to this volume as your use of Healing Wounded History will be incomplete without it. You can order the workbook on The Acorn Christian Healing Foundation website http://www.acornchristian.org via the bookshop. It is on sale for £2.95 at the moment, Feb 2012.
Further information can be found from the links below.
Reviewer: Barry Vendy (03/03/12)
|Reader review: - Johnny Douglas TGBS Reviewer, 12/4/12
This unique title reflects Russ Parker's years of pastoral care and healing ministry. There is a real breadth and depth of material here. Listening for pain in individuals and groups, is addressed authentically and so reducing the capacity for hurting people to not automatically hurt others! Holy Spirit wisdom drips from this republished word. A resource rich calling us away from forgetfulness, denial and foolish games to deep and costly healing. Full of insight, bible and practical wisdom. Excellent stuff.
|Reader review: - Mary Bartholomew, Editor, for original DLT edition, 200
This is the first book I have read, setting out the Biblical context, from which these teachings originate. It has taken a long time (for me) to read through and try to understand what Russ Parker is saying, not that he doesn’t write clearly, just that he gives such food for thought, I could only read a small piece at a time. Of all the books I have read for these reviews, this is the one I would wish all people to read and take heed of what is being said. This is a subject that touches us all whether we like it or not. Personal hurts, group hurts, national hurts. Humans have an infinite capacity to hurt and damage each other, as they have done through the ages. This book shows that we, you and I, can do something about it.