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The Wounded Spirit

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,399 ratings  ·  117 reviews
If you've ever been there,you've never forgotten. The feeling is as haunting and familiar as the smellof a junior high school locker room.

It's the feeling of being undersized or oversized or klutzy or less than beautiful. Of being a nerd or a geek or just, somehow, different.

It's knowing you are vulnerable-and someone is ready and willing to take full advantage of
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Hardcover, 220 pages
Published November 18th 2000 by Thomas Nelson (first published September 1st 2000)
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Stephen
Jan 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book had been sitting on my shelf for years until I picked it up yesterday. The bolded words on the cover -- "this is not fiction", "this is real" -- spoken like a zealous car salesman or a monster truck rally announcer, waylaid my interest in reading the personal story of a well-known author of Christian fiction. I thought I'd read a couple of pages to see if it was worth keeping on my bookshelf.
Well, a few pages turned into the entire book in just half a day. I was surprisingly pulled
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Sheryl Tribble
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This would be an excellent introduction to the topic; I found it a bit lightweight, but I think that's because he doesn't really grapple with much research on the issue. Likely because a lot of it wasn't out when he wrote the thing!

Although frankly, the research hasn't added a whole lot to his proposed solutions. Teaching children to treat others with respect, cultural condemnation of bullying, and individuals taking action in defense of the bullied are what minimize bullying.

A couple of things
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Shari
Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This should be a must read for every adult - every parent, school teacher, school administrator, sunday school teacher, etc... Every child from 6th grade or higher should read this as well.
Bullying leaves nothing but a wounded spirit. We've all suffered at the hands of a bully and at times have been the bully ourselves.
This is Frank Peretti's life story. He's one of my favorite authors and I had no idea that he was born with a medical condition which in turn as the years went by made him the
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Linda
I thought that I had purchased the unabridged version of Wounded Spirit. What Im actually reviewing is the audio of a speech given by Peretti based on the book. In the speech, Peretti talks about his own wounded spirit and the societal consequences of bulling.

If you have children, I would, certainly, recommend sharing this audio with them. Peretti offers clarity, compassion and a viable solution. He asks us all to treat others as we would like to be treated. It is a simple idea, but can never
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Jocelyn
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting to now know Peretti's perspective...
Sherry
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent Christian Book on bullying. How he overcame it!
Sandy
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I really wanted to only give this book maybe 1.5 stars because I couldn't finish it and stopped on page 116. It started out really well, talking about how he, the author, was teased because of a medical issue he had. Everyone has been teased at one point or another in their lives and how we, as a people, should see that and in turn help to stop bullying in the lives of our kids. I was under the impression that he was talking about "everyone". Except this is a case of, taking the title of a ...more
Andrew Scholes
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a GREAT book! I picked it up because I had read a couple other Peretti books (This Present Darkness, Piercing the Darkness) and enjoyed them. This is not what I expected. It is about bullying and the effect it has. He starts telling of his own experience in Junior High and High School, then discusses Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris (the Columbine shooters) and then applies those lessons to current day suggestions. He does not excuse Klebold and Harris for their actions but points out that a ...more
Carrie Daws
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quite honestly, I could relate to a lot in this book--on both sides of the issue. One line that stuck out to me from the side of having suffered comes from Chapter 7: "Quite simply, garbage does happen, and we've all been touched by it in some form at one time or another." Yes, we sure have.

But pretty much all of us are also ones who have caused suffering. Sometimes it is just following the crowd and sometimes it's thoughtlessness, but that doesn't change the outcome of it all, does it? In
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Jason Harris
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Written in 2000 soon after the Columbine School Shooting, this book addresses bullying and the use/misuse of power. Peretti seeks to address the woundedness that bullying can bring and the way it can remain unhealed for decades. If you're looking for a way to address the issues of abuse, power, and bullying from a Christian perspective, this book is accessible and useful, even for teenagers. Had it's message been taken to heart at the time, Columbine might have been the first and last rather ...more
Scott Carpenter
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
The first 3-4 chapter where amazing. I was just gobbling up the pages, and even had tears at the end of one chapter.
Then once the stories stopped it got a little boring for me, and preachy. Dont get me wrong, I agree with the message and it reads well. I just found it boring after a while. I had to force myself through the rest.
Its not a bad read though and gets you thinking about our own life and the lessons we get through life.
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Becky
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Powerful little book that should be required reading for teachers or anyone that has been affected by bullying. Frank Peretti deals with a subject he has been well acquainted with since his own difficult childhood, but he doesn't stop there or have a "poor me" attitude....and as you will learn if you read the book, attitudes matter! I found this book insightful and soul-searching. Despite the subject matter, it was a quick read and held my interest.
Cindy
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Quick, easy read. Every human being should read this book, especially teachers, parents and those who work with children, but in reality, everyone could learn from it. Frank Peretti conveys how bullying, abuse, belittling, etc. woulds spirits and how often, that results in the wounded becoming the bullier. But...more importantly, he reminds us all that we can stop this behavior at any time. Best of all, he writes in story form, so it's easy to read, understand and feel.
Amber
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I feel like this book tore a hole in me.. lol.
You read it and keep saying, "I've been there. I've done that. I've felt that way.."
It's a real soul opener... It will make you feel uncomfortable. It will make you cry.
But it was such a good read. This book changed the way I thought about things and
left me feeling like I wasn't alone in some of my old situations.....

Be prepared to loose yourself and regain some pieces...
Sarah Hamill
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book about the impact of bullying on the human spirit. I recommend this book for anyone who has been wounded, as well as to anyone in authority (including teachers). This book truly dives into the issue of bullying and mistreating others, and provides the solution through thinking of the inherent worth that God has bestowed on every human being. Very, very good book.
Nancy
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was written on the heels of the Columbine school shooting, but dont begin to think that the content is dated. That bullying has been and continues to be meted out cannot simply be accepted. Believers, especially need to be actively protecting those who for whatever reason, including no reason at all, become targets of wounded spirits. The message is well delivered. ...more
Brenda Lei
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent book on bullying! Whether you've been the one wounded, the one who has done the wounding, or both....the stories this author shares partnered with the truth behind his Christian approach to dealing with bullies make this an excellent read.
Anne
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an important narrative to engage with. This is a story of the depth and danger of bullying and abuse. Its a call to empowering the victim and to call forth the watchmen to protect and to serve. Im going to have my middle schoolers read this book (and I think theyll love it too). ...more
Glenn
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very good book on bullying - Frank Peretti gives a very clear account of the bully that he suffered and caused... The book makes the reader think of all the times that we have been bullied or have bullied others and what we need to do about it. A recommended read.
Becky Jacobs
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Regrets

My one regret after reading this is that I didn't read it long ago. As a retired para, I could of used a lot of this a few years ago. But it's never too late! Thank you Frank for being so honest and forth coming.
June
Feb 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
My parents gave me this book to read instead of taking concrete action when I was being bullied in middle school. -1,000,000/10
Lynn Weldon
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this should be required reading for any adult, young person, etc. it talks about being bullied and being the bully.
Nancy
What a difference it would make in our world if everyone read this book and took it to heart by acting out these healing behaviors to protect others.
Christina Stepp
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The truth be told

This is a very truthful look at how bullying can affect an innocent child life. You will definitely learn from this if you open you eyes.
Virginia Hines
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read

Every school system, every pastor, every couple should read and heed this book. Parents, read this, then talk to your kids.
Teresa Williams
Good book

Good book...practical applications of forgiveness and mercy when dealing with others. Reiterates that all forgiveness is available through our Lord
Hannah Rodriguez
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this is an important one to read.
Paula Thomas
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have ever ready.
Mindi Rosser
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Are you curious as to Author Frank Peretti's background? His real-life story is told through these pages. I nearly wept when I read paragraph after paragraph of the abuse haunting his adult eyes. He shares his struggles, healing process, and freedom found in Christianity.

Here's the official synopsis:

f you've ever been there,you've never forgotten. The feeling is as haunting and familiar as the smellof a junior high school locker room.

It's the feeling of being undersized or oversized or klutzy
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Rev. Linda
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A really poignant, first non-fiction book by Frank Peretti, dealing with his own and others bullying. From the inside front cover: "If you've ever been there, you've never forgotten. The feeling is as haunting and familiar as the smellof a junior high school locker room. It's the feeling of being undersized ... or oversized ... or klutzy ... or less than beautiful. Of being a nerd ... or a geek ... or just, somehow, different.It's knowing you are vulnerable-and someone is ready and willing to ...more
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With more than 12 million novels in print, Frank Peretti is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon and has been called Americas hottest Christian novelist.

Peretti is a natural storyteller who, as a youngster in Seattle, regularly gathered the neighborhood children for animated storytelling sessions. After graduating from high school, he began playing banjo with a local
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