It’s been awhile since I wrote anything on here and it turns out this is actually my 100th post! Life has been filled with study for a Masters, making space for a third child that we sort of inherited, working on various projects, publishing a Grove Booklet and a whole load of writing for Christian Today, and some other websites. However, I have news to share and so a blog seemed a good way to share it!
You may or may not be aware of what I do when I’m not having Opinions on Twitter, but basically it involves being a specialist in addressing lots of different aspects of male violence towards women. I write resources, deliver training, write training, speak at events and other such activities. In just under a decade I have delivered programmes for women who have been subjected to abuse; written materials for youth practitioners about domestic abuse; delivered training to churches, multi-disciplinary groups; written multimedia resources on pornography and; worked with a national Christian charity addressing male violence against women. I have also delivered a programme for men who are perpetrators of domestic abuse and have written a national resource on child sexual exploitation.
When I speak at Christian events or deliver training to Christian organisations about domestic abuse issues, I am asked about what resources are available for participants to learn more. There are a couple of books I recommend, only one of which is Christian. Although there are a few Christian books available, most were written in the 90s and don’t include anything on digital culture or recent developments in neuroscience and trauma. As such they are helpful, but limited.
Which brings me to MY NEWS! Over the next year I shall be writing my first ever BOOK! It will be published by SPCK, with a planned release for March 2019. I’m writing the book primarily for Christians who want to be better resourced in responding to abuse within relationships, but hopefully it will also be suitable for those who are realising their current partner (or ex-partner) is abusive.
I’m hoping to give occasional updates on how things are going, and I’m sure lovely Twitter people will help me on the worst days and the best days of writing. I’ve decided to spread my MA out over three years in order to make writing a book this year more manageable. Writing a dissertation and a proper book at the same time would have likely proved to be Quite A Challenge.
So it’s all very exciting! Life generally continues to be quite challenging for us GLWs, with stable income seeming to elude us. Yet God remains faithful and miracles occur on a seemingly daily basis. If you’d like to pray for us, you can sign up for our semi-regular prayer update HERE and if the book I’m writing is something you’d like to financially support me with, you can contribute HERE either monthly or with a one off donation.