TRAUMA
IN AMERICA

UNDERSTANDING HOW PEOPLE FACE HARDSHIPS AND HOW THE CHURCH OFFERS HOPE

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HOW CAN THE BIBLE AND THE CHURCH HEAL THE WOUNDS OF TRAUMA?

Trauma affects every part of a person: mind, body and spirit. American Bible Society has found that churches have a special opportunity and responsibility to help people heal from the spiritual and emotional wounds of trauma.
What is Trauma?

Some experiences in life are so painful they cause deep and lasting suffering. That suffering is what we call trauma.

Millions of people in the United States contend with poverty, the effects of disease, and natural disaster. Many suffer in silence from domestic violence, emotional abuse, and the fallout of addiction. Every part of their lives is affected—physical, emotional, relational, spiritual. They long for healing, joy, comfort. But they often don’t know where to turn.

Discover How the Church Brings Hope

First, we need to understand how trauma affects our church communities in the United States.

Through a nationwide study with Barna, we’ve uncovered the latest research on trauma you can apply to best shepherd your church.

Chapters Included

-    Incidence of Trauma
-    Coping with Trauma
-    What Churches Can Do
-    Deepening Faith During Trauma
-    Pastors’ Preparation for Trauma
-    Walking Through Trauma with the Scriptures

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"God doesn’t waste our suffering. He walks with us through traumatic experiences and trauma-filled seasons—and though I have since experienced his presence and ongoing work for myself, it was making that discovery first in the Bible that was a comfort in those painful days."

David Kinnaman

Author of the bestselling books Faith For Exiles, Good Faith, You Lost Me and unchristian

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"I am convinced that hope does not operate in isolation. Hope is something that is built upon relationships. Through this, we overcome the guilt and shame of our own experience.?

Chan Hellman

Professor of social work at the University of Oklahoma and Director of The Hope Research Center

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"Abuse of any kind is also spiritual abuse. … it really does damage to understanding who God is and the truth about him. Everything is filtered through the lens of abuse. That’s why providing a safe relationship is the first thing that must be done to help people deal with trauma."

Diane Langberg

Director of Diane Langberg, Ph.D. & Associates and Biblical Theological Seminary clinical faculty member

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