In Preventing Violence Against Women
Editor: Dr. James Newton Poling, Dr. Christie Cozad Neuger
Utilizing the experiences of 12 practicing counselors, this book challenges traditional images of masculinity, exploring both effective and ineffective methods of helping men face their own sexism and change their behavior toward the goal of ending domestic violence.
"A POWERFUL, PRACTICAL BOOK....Clearly lays out various aspects of men's violence and specific ways that faith communities can begin to address this epidemic in our society. Pastoral leaders need to read this book and recommend it to men's groups. Men in our faith communities need to read and discuss this book to begin the important work on reflecting on the way they were raised, on scripture that has been used to justify male control, and on ways that our faith communities need to change. SEMINARY STUDENTS NEED TO READ THIS BOOK before assuming ministerial leadership."
--Bill Ratliff, PhD, Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Earlham School of Religion
"Curious about the cultural and religious narratives that support violence against women? Want to understand why males have difficulty recognizing females as 'other' and their need to control women? Would you like to identify religious messages that contribute to male violence, and also those that can bring change? Want to assess how premarital counsel and wedding rituals speak to marital violence? Interested in increasing male empathy toward female victims and enabling the church to do a more creative job in changing patterns of violence toward women? More personally, are you interested in confronting, confessing, and changing your own conscious and unconscious narratives concerning attitudes and behaviors that cause or allow violence toward women? THEN YOU HAVE COME TO THE RIGHT BOOK!"
--Andrew D. Lester, PhD, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University
"A VALUABLE RESOURCE...Demonstrates ways religious sources in Jewish and Christian traditions reject violence against women....Offers motivation and guidance for men who are willing to assume accountability....Accessible and substantive, this is a volume for religious leaders and seminary classrooms as well as persons of faith who engage these issues with those whose lives are affected by violence."
--Nancy J. Ramsay, PhD, Harrison Ray Anderson, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary