Abuse in the Bible

“No, my brother!” She (Tamar) cried. “Don’t’ be foolish! Don’t do this to me! Such wicked things aren’t done in Israel.”  2 Samuel 13:12 The Bible is a book of reality as it portrays the brokenness in the world without attempting to “cover up” the potential damage one...

When Restorative Justice is not Possible

“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” (Amos 5:24) I am grateful for the efforts that are happening today for victims and offenders of crime to experience healing and reconciliation. When I worked as a...
My Island Life

My Island Life

Renee’s Story: I decided to reinvent myself by moving to a Caribbean island at age 29. I managed a gift shop and also was an ocean kayak tour guide. There were a few local guides and one specifically caught my eye. We began spending time together, and eventually...
Saved By A Muffler

Saved By A Muffler

Kate’s Story: Shaking in the cold, my three brothers and I huddled under a discarded boat waiting for hours for the click of the lock on the door and our father to let us into the house. As an eight-year-old little girl I longed to run into my Daddy’s arms when...

Loving an Abusive Person

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’. They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” (Psalm 14:1) In my counseling practice, people would often come into the office asking me how to deal with a person – friend, husband,...