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Dean As someone that has taught ministry courses for years, I was disappointed by this rather lightweight treatment of a growing epidemic in American churches. With several classic books on this subject, this one is both misleading and trite, a real disappointment. Maybe if Ms. Jackson had waited until she had a few more years of experience this book would have been much different...and better.

Her cleverly orchestrated, year-long media campaign to hype this book hinted that she was going to deal with a growing epidemic of systemic abuse of ministers in churches and the resulting burnout that has destroyed many of their careers. Her book does neither, choosing instead to offer rather bland and obvious advice to ministers intended to suggest that the primary cause of burnout is the minister rather than a deeply flawed system of church leadership. It would be amusing if it were not so sad.


Janelle This book isn't about clergy abuse. It's about taking care of oneself and realizing many ministers neglect basic health principles. You can't always point fingers. Anne clearly states the abuse her father endured and its effects on both him and her, but this is not the topic of the book. Maybe you should have read the back cover more carefully.


Dean wrote: "As someone that has taught ministry courses for years, I was disappointed by this rather lightweight treatment of a growing epidemic in American churches. With several classic books on this subjec..."




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