The Long Journey Home
Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"The Long Journey Home is a powerful and important work that addresses an issue the church has too often been reluctant to discuss, but must if it is to bring healing to the countless people who have been deeply wounded by sexual abuse. The book's multidisciplinary approach reflects the complexity of the issue and provides a rich resource offering theology, theory, and practical advice. A necessary read for pastors and others who desire to minister in a biblical, scientifically informed, and empathetic way."
Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
"Christian mental health professionals are typically the ones most interested in discussing the integration of psychology and theology. How refreshing and encouraging it is to see a biblical scholar at the forefront of integration conversations. Dr. Andrew J. Schmutzer brings together many of today's finest Christian thinkers to address a topic of essential importance to the church. The Long Journey Home is a valuable resource for all those who care for souls."
-Mark R. McMinn
Professor of Psychology
George Fox University
"The Long Journey Home is an impressive gathering of over twenty-six specialists who band together to bring clinical experience, academic depth, theological competence, compassionate hearts, and spiritual maturity to bear on the painful plague of sexual abuse. The expertise compiled in these chapters was summoned to speak boldly to those who minister to the broken in the healing power of the Gospel of Christ. The result is a significant compilation of definitions, insight, story, wisdom, and pathways to recovery. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts for this journey; so this is no naive portrayal of a complex issue. The One who created human beings male and female is ever faithful, always available, and sufficient to provide an escort home. Pastors, counselors, and people helpers who love others for Jesus' sake are indebted to those who share their journey and counsel in these pages."
-Stephen P. Greggo
Professor of Counseling
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"The Long Journey Home is an ambitious attempt to address the multifaceted problem of sexual abuse, an issue that is often overlooked in our churches. The book is comprehensive in scope, covering the prevalence and types of sexual abuse, its immediate and long-term consequences upon victims, survivors, and abusers, the theological and spiritual dimensions and implications, reviews of current research, and practical guidelines for ministry and healing. Over two-dozen contributors provide multiple levels of insight into sexual abuse, from scholarly investigation to the personal and practical. Most noteworthy is the emphasis on the use of Scripture in understanding the fundamental spiritual issues of sexual abuse and in directing survivors, perpetrators, ministers, counselors, and the community of faith toward ultimate healing found in God. I recommend this book for anyone dealing with sexual abuse, and, in particular, students, pastors, and care givers who seek a better understanding of the problem and desire to be more effective ministers of the Gospel."
-Ian F. Jones
Professor of Psychology and Counseling
Baptist Community Ministries' Chair of Pastoral Counseling
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
"The Long Journey Home offers a unique contribution to the subject of undeserved, horrifyingly hurtful suffering associated with sexual abuse. As editor and contributor, Dr. Schmutzer has gathered a collection of specialists to address the problem from three different perspectives: social sciences, theological disciplines, and pastoral care. However, sexual abuse isn't merely theoretical, philosophical, or theological. It is deeply personal. Therefore, of significant importance is this book's value to pastors, counselors, and churches who are dealing with (or will deal with) the complex causes and consequences connected with sexual abuse."
-Larry J. Waters
Associate Professor of Bible Exposition
Dallas Theological Seminary
"The Long Journey Home is the fruit of excellent work blending theology, ministry, and psychology concerning sexual abuse and healing into a magnificent resource. The church has struggled for centuries to walk with abuse survivors and become an advocate in their healing. This book equips us to face their journey with hope and justice. I feel it is about time Christian practitioners have been able to publish something of this caliber to address such a painful issue."
George Fox Evangelical Seminary
"It is no secret that the darkness and horrors of sexual abuse are all too prevalent within the Christian community. Tragically, for too many years the Church has responded to such darkness with silence. As a result, this darkness has spread and left a broad trail of destruction along its way . . . the destruction of individual lives, families, church communities, and the glorious witness of Christ. Through this great tragedy, we must be reminded that all is not hopeless and lost. There is hope, much hope, because we worship the God of truth and light who is moving in mighty ways by demonstrating love to those who knew no love, hope to those who had no hope, and the power of His Gospel to those who had only associated the Gospel with abuse and pain. Dr. Schmutzer's new collaborative book, The Long Journey Home, will undoubtedly be one way God uses to demonstrate such Gospel-centered hope to so many inside and outside of His Church who have been effected by abuse. Written by a collection of experts who have spent entire careers addressing and confronting the various facets of this sin, The Long Journey Home is the most comprehensive and well informed book on this subject from a Gospel-centered perspective. As one who spends his days laboring alongside the Christian community in addressing the issue of abuse, I am greatly encouraged by the depth and spirit that fill the pages of The Long Journey Home. This book should be required reading for all Christian leaders and anyone else whose life has been impacted by the horrors of abuse."
Professor of Law
Liberty University School of Law
"The trauma and heinousness of sexual abuse leaves me speechless. Unfortunately, many of us pastors and ministry professionals are clueless. Andrew J. Schmutzer's excellent work helps change that and more; it gives us tested insights and strategies to unpack abuse and facilitate healing in Christ. I have seen this first hand. Andrew's teaching and counseling ministry in our church-his church-has been a beacon of light for so many stuck in the shadows of shame."
Wheaton Bible Church
"This collection of vital information holistically addresses issues of abuse that are deeply complex and tender. Hope is offered from many voices that is personal, biblical, and insightful. Many survivors, counselors, pastors, and family members are sure to find the understanding they have longed for and help for which they have prayed. This book has a very important message."
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Studies
Moody Bible Institute
"Andrew J. Schmutzer's The Long Journey Home is an outstanding compendium of resources from the social sciences, the helping professions, theology, and pastoral care focused on understanding and caring for those who have been sexually abused. Schmutzer has accomplished the monumental task of weaving together the writings of over twenty-fix social scientists, clinicians, church leaders, and survivors telling their personal stories into one coherent volume. It is an amazing accomplishment. Every church leader has in their congregation survivors of sexual abuse and has opportunity like no one else to speak healing words into their lives. The Long Journey Home will enable seminarians, church leaders, and helping professionals to become instruments of hope and healing."
-Diana R. Garland
Baylor School of Social Work
"I highly recommend this book to any person who seeks to help sexual abuse survivors on their journeys toward healing. I especially recommend this book to church leaders and spiritual directors, as people in these professions are often on the front lines of the battle involved in helping sexual abuse survivors heal. Psychotherapists and other helping professionals interested in integrating Christian theological perspectives into their work would also greatly benefit fro this book, as it provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary discussion of sexual abuse within a Christina framework."
-- Christine Gomes, as reviewed in the Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care