Rid of My Disgrace, a book that explores the sin of sexual abuse has received some bad press. None of it is justified. Justin and Lindsey Holcomb have crafted a fine piece of work that is honest, transparent, and accurately unpacks the baggage that tragically has been laid at the feet of so many people in this country. The authors are quick to point out that “at least one in four women and one in six men are or will be victims of sexual assault in their lifetime.” Their aim is to offer hope to victims of sexual abuse; hope that is found in the sacrificial work of Christ on the cross and the gospel.
A myriad of resources are available for victims of sexual abuse, however most tools are rooted in Freudian psychology or man-centered ideology. Rid of My Disgrace is a sharp departure from the typical drivel that floods the marketplace of ideas.
Part one exposes the sin and side effects of sexual assault. Part two walks readers through the complicated emotional responses that most victims experience. And part three presents hope for victims that is rooted in the gospel of Jesus. This gospel is clearly articulated and applied specifically to the hurts experienced by those who have been sinned against.
Rid of My Disgrace is a powerful tool for pastors and counselors and a treasure chest of hope for victims of sexual abuse. My hope is that this book receives a wide reading and will accomplish great things to glory of God in the days ahead.