God in Her Midst: Preaching Healing to Wounded Women
Format: Paperback
Book Code: 1290
Pages: 112
Size: 5" x 8"
ISBN: 9780817015060
PubDate: 2007
Publisher: JUDSON PRESS

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"If preaching is to truly reach the hearts, minds and souls of African American women, preachers must employ an analysis of scripture that reconstructs the Word of God in ways that are liberating to women as well as men, and reflects the totality of the African American experience.” —From the Introduction

Author and pastor Elaine Flake crafts a womanist theology and praxis of preaching to the population most overlooked and overwhelmed in our pews: wounded women—women who are wounded by virtue of their gender and more particularly black women who are also wounded by virtue of their race.

Discover how to unfold in every sermon the good news that brings healing, instead of more hurt, to black women. Flake offers samples from her own ministry, sermons that explore the lives of misunderstood women from the Bible, including:

  • The wives of Job and Lot
  • The daughters of Zelophehad
  • Hagar, the Egyptian
  • Leah, the unloved
  • The poor widow
  • And the “woman with the issue of blood”


Editorial Reviews:

“Elaine M. Flake, a consummate womanist theologian, powerful preacher, and one who cares deeply about women’s issues, has written a book for preachers that teaches and illustrates effective methods for preaching healing and liberation to hurting women.”—Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, Senior Pastor, The Ray of Hope Christian Church, Decatur, Georgia

"Dr. Flake's preaching methods are important for any pastor who is attempting to provide an atmosphere for the spiritual growth of both men and women. Her powerful sermons are great frameworks from which preachers can glean how to do it right." —Rev. Dr. William H. Curtis, President, 2007–08 Hampton University Ministers’ and Musicians’ Conference, Senior Pastor, Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"This book is so necessary!" —Gospel Today, May/June 2007

"A must read for all Christians, especially females, who are seeking a better understanding of the role of the woman in the church and in the world. The author examines the lives of women in the Bible and allows the reader to see the lessons of their lives and how it connects to ours. The material is fresh, new and insightful. I could not put it down, stayed up all night to finish reading." —D. K. Rankins "Masani", Rosedale, New York (from a review on Amazon.com)

"Flake finds words to comfort the wounded." —blackandchristian.com (Featured Book Selection, June 2007)

"We can all learn from Rev. Flake's Christ-like attitude toward those who hold power over African American women." —New Horizons: Resources for Nazarene Clergywomen, Fall 2007

"This small book helps preachers (especially males) understand the depth of woundedness among many of the women in our congregations. It's also a good primer on 'womanist' theology." —Rev. magazine, Mar/Apr 2008

"A very good homiletical resource not only in African American contexts, but in all congregational settings, because the consequences of sexual abuse and domestic violence know no racial boundaries. In addition to being a good resource for preachers, this book can help survivors to heal." —Homiletic, Volume 34, Number 1 (2009)

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