Surviving Friendly Fire
Churches are full of hurting and wounded people. Tragically, many of them have been hurt not by enemies but by friends or fellow believers. The late Ronald Dunn (Don’t Just Stand There… Pray Something) saw firsthand the damage that results from such “friendly fire.” Through insightful, easy-to-read reflections from the Bible, as well as real-life examples, Dunn offers relief in three parts:
Part 1 defines friendly fire, describing with compassion the various forms it takes and offering a Christian perspective on the reasons it occurs.
Part 2 discusses biblical ways of surviving—and recovering from—the inevitable, giving examples of friendly fire received by Abel, Joseph, Paul, and others in the Bible.
Part 3 is devoted to helping us get past the anger, bitterness, and resentment caused by friendly fire. Dunn suggests we look for the hidden hand of God, trust in providence, and learn to give thanks for the trouble. Forgiveness, while an obligation for Christians, is neither easy nor cheap. But we can learn to return friendly fire by getting even God’s way.
Written with wit and clarity in straightforward language, Surviving Friendly Fire is good news for anyone who has been betrayed, hurt, or let down by family, friends, or fellow believers.