TLDR version: A much needed resource for people of faith, and for those in ministry.
Increasingly, those of us in ministry are finding ourselves spending more time with people who are either new to the church or returning to the church. Once upon a time, people were raised in the church and stayed in the church – I mean, maybe they drifted away for a few years in their 20s, but just for a moment.
There is a set of tools for cradle-to-grave church members. Here are the steps of faith formation (“confirmation then graduation then marriage, etc”). Here’s how to build on your positive experience and grow deeper in faith. These tools – these steps – are what most people learn when they train for ministry.
“Our souls are tender places. We hold our ideals, hopes, wishes, and dreams there. That’s why spiritual wounds can feel so devastating … There seem to be so many people who want to heal, but they can’t figure out where they placed the balm.”