Knowledge is power

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 9, 2004

LIVING FREE with Liz Johnson

Knowledge is power. If domestic abuse takes away the power of those who are its victims the knowledge can be the beginning of reclaiming that power. This knowledge can be gained through various means. It can be gained through counselors and advocates who work with domestic violence victims. It can be gained through Christians who understand domestic violence. It can be gained through God and His Word. It also can be gained by reading books written on this subject. When victims are empowered with the right kind of knowledge they can start taking steps towards becoming survivors.

This week’s column presents you with some good books to read about domestic violence. Check the public library to see if the book you are interested in is on the shelf. If it is not, an inter-library loan can be arranged to get that book or the library may purchase the book if the need is expressed. You could go to a bookstore or Christian bookstore to inquire about purchasing the book through them to keep for your personal use.

The knowledge in these books can be helpful to domestic violence victims, to community leaders/servants, to religious leaders/servants, to churches and to the community as a whole. Knowledge can empower us all to do what is right and effective so that we can defeat domestic violence in our communities. RememberĊ  knowledge is power.

The Abuse of Power by James Newton Poling Violence Against Women and Children: A Christian Sourcebook edited by Carol Adams & Marie Fortune

No Place for Abuse: Biblical and Practical Resources to Counteract Domestic Violence by Catherine Clark Kroeger & Nancy Nason-Clark

Verbal Abuse: Healing the Hidden Wound by Grace Ketterman

I Closed My Eyes, Revelations of a Battered Woman by Michelle Weldon

It’s My Life Now: Starting Over After an Abusive Relationship or Domestic Violence

by Meg Kennedy Dugan and Roger R. Hock

Healing Violent Men: A Model for Christian Communities by David J. Livingston

Power and Control: Tactics of Men Who Batter by Ellen Pence & Michael Paymar

Domestic Violence, What Every Pastor Needs to Know by Al Miles

The Battered Wife: How Christians Confront Family Violence by Nancy Nason-Clark

Living Free Ministries

Liz Johnson

P. O. Box 2815

Reserve, La. 70084

(985) 652-9938