Description : She is a victim of intimate partner violence, a woman who has been harmed. She is a criminal offender, a woman who has harmed others. Superficially, it seems she is two separate women. "Victim" and "offender" are binary categories used within law, social science, and public discourse to describe social experiences with a moral dimension. Such terms draw upon cultural narratives of good and bad people and have influenced scholarship, public policy, and activism. The duality of "good" and "bad" women, separated into mutually exclusive extremes of angels and demons, has helped segregate thinking about, and responses to, each group. In this groundbreaking study, Kathleen J. Ferraro exposes the limits of such thinking by exploring the link between victimization and offending from the perspective of the women charged with the crimes. Interviewing forty-five women charged with criminal offenses (more than half of whom killed their abusers; the others participated in a range of violent crimes related to domestic violence), Ferraro uses their stories to illuminate complex interactions with violent partners, their children, and the legal system. She shows that these women are neither stereotypical angels nor demons, but rather human beings whose complicated lives belie the abstract categorizations of researchers, legal advocates, and the criminal justice system. Ferraro begins with a general discussion of blurred boundaries and the complexity of experience, and moves from there to discuss women's interactions with the criminal processing system. In the course of her study, she reexamines, and finds wanting, many standard ways of evaluating women's violent behavior, including "mutual combat," "battered woman syndrome," and "cycle of violence." She argues that a more complex, nuanced understanding of intimate partner violence and how it contributes to women's offending will contribute to public policy less focused on control and accountability of individuals than on developing social conditions that promote everyone's safety and well-being and foster a sense of hope.
Description : Do you need guidance, or provision, or inner strength? Are you looking for forgiveness, or love, or peace? Do you need comfort for a broken heart, or protection from enemy attack, or a prayer answered? Are you seeking victory over fear, escape from temptation, or a t turn-around in your situation? God has a promise for every need you face. In Bible Promises to Live By, Dave Earley shows you how to apply twenty-one of God’s greatest promises for twenty-one of our greatest needs. This encouraging book investigates twenty-one key promises God was pleased to make. Author Dave Earley shares personal examples from years of ministry that illustrate how these promises blessed not only Biblical heroes but Christians of today. Hope and encouragement are the hallmarks of this collection, providing life-changing insights to any reader in need of a spiritual boost.
Description : With raw transparency and straightforward truth, Alysia Rieg shares candidly the things she went through emotionally and mentally throughout her time of loss and grief. She describes with exquisite detail and gentle passion the pivotal moments and challenges that brought her from being a lost and hopeless victim to a triumphant and victorious overcomer. Alysia begins For Such a Time as This with an obvious but necessary acknowledgment: Life is filled with many shortcomings, trials, losses, disappointments, and failures but encourages us that we can choose to not be a casualty of our circumstances. For Such a Time as This includes a thirty-day fitness program using exercises and daily techniques that will transform not only your body but your heart and mind leaving you inspired, empowered, and with the desire to courageously take back your life and become all that you were created to be. Why not choose today to begin your transformation so that you can walk confidently through the successful and purposeful life you were meant to live? For Such a Time as This is for such a time as this!
Description : Saint Thomas Aquinas has been admired throughout the ages for his philosophical brilliance and his theological sanity, but author and professor Peter Kreeft thinks the practical spiritual wisdom of Aquinas is just as amazing. In this book, Kreeft brings together 358 useful, everyday insights from Aquinas' masterpiece the Summa Theologiae. He pairs these easily digestible quotes from the Summa with his own delightfully written commentary in order to answer the kinds of questions real people ask their spiritual directors. These 358 passages from the Summa have helped Kreeft in his own struggles to grow closer to the Lord. His practical, personal, and livable advice is the fruit of his labors to apply the insights of Aquinas to his own quest for sanctity, happiness, and union with God.
Description : Mr O'Loughlin's first exercise in philosophy, dating from 1977, takes as its starting-point an analysis of the inter-relativity of dualities and expands, via a series of aphoristic essays and dramatic lessons, towards a dialogue climax in which the two - inevitably! - characters discuss the implications of a dualistic philosophy both as it impacts on theory and practice. Although the author didn't realize it at the time, truth and illusion are a lot closer together than may at first appear to be the case, even if one doesn't necessarily have to get between them!
Description : God never gives up on us. He remains steadfast in His desire to bless us, even when many of us are tempted to doubt His love. The great tragedy is that so many of us spend our lives trying to earn something we already have - the gift of life which God freely gives us when we decide to follow Christ. This amazing devotional from best-selling author Neil Anderson will give readers back what the enemy is trying rob from them an understanding of their special place in God's family. Here are 36 readings and prayers based on scriptural passages that assure us of God's love and our security and freedom in His kingdom.
Description : There's nothing quite like the aroma of freshly brewed coffee to start your day. And what better way to spend those first few morning moments than in quiet reflection with God? In a warm, casual, conversational style, Sarah Arthur takes you on a transformational journey as she explores both the subtle and the startling ways God transforms us through daily spiritual routines such as prayer and living simply. Part personal story and part spiritual search, The One Year Coffee with God will fill your cup with plenty of brew for thought.
Description : Though Satan has no right to rule in a believer's life, he can subtly build a stronghold-brick by brick, layer by layer-until he is a dominating force in your life. Mark Bubeck asserts that spiritual warfare requires careful preparation, biblical obedience, and persistent prayer. The Adversary prowls, but he's already been beaten. This book is an essential follow-up to the bestselling The Adversary, in which Bubeck helps Christians grasp prayer practices that enable a victorious walk. Building on the practical instruction of The Adversary, this book shares examples of demonic activity and carries you through the perils and challenges of spiritual warfare. The author focuses on four weapons needed to wage the battle against the enemy.
Description : Evangelical-Friendly Approach to Spiritual Warfare Respected scholar and speaker Larry Richards offers a balanced, evangelical-friendly approach to spiritual warfare based on the book of Ephesians. Unique among books on warfare and deliverance, this easy-to-follow handbook draws riches from the Bible, while also offering tactical guidance for conquering the demons of fear and doubt that assail believers. Framing his teaching on Paul's armor of God passage in Ephesians 6, Richards uncovers strategies of Satan and analyzes the armor piece by piece to reveal how God provides protection from every attack of the enemy. Hands-on exercises at the end of each section, plus in-depth, analytical appendixes, help readers identify and stand against powers of evil--and experience true freedom.