Length: 209 pp
Author: Justin and Lindsey Holcomb
Statistics say one in four women, and one in six men have been sexually assaulted. If you are one of those women or men buy this book. If you know one of those women or men, buy two copies, one for yourself and one for them. The damage of sexual assault is often intensely compounded by friends and relatives who don’t know how to respond appropriately. As a pastor I am so profoundly thankful to have such a Biblical and therefore, grace-filled resource as Rid of My Disgrace at hand.
Sin and the effects of sin are similar to the laws of inertia: a person (or object) in motion will continue on that trajectory until acted upon by an outside force. If one is devastated by sin, a personal failure to rise above the effects of sin will simply create a snowball effect of shame. Hurting people need something from the outside to stop the downward spiral. Fortunately, grace floods in from the outside at the point when hope to change oneself is lost. Grace declares and promises that you will be healed. One-way love does not command “Heal thyself!” but declares “You will be healed!”
The cross is God’s solidarity with and compassion for the assaulted, and the resurrection is this promise that he can heal and redeem your suffering.