Book Buzz by BookAvolare: Refining Fire: New Healing for Old Wounds by Duane C. Eastman


#BookBuzz God created the church to be His vessel of healing for the deep wounds of the human soul. His church is where His believers find refuge, renewal, and fellowship. But, what happens when the church itself is wounded? Can it still serve as a stronghold for believers? And, can it be healed and restored after conflict?



In his book, Refining Fire: New Healing for Old Wounds, Duane C. Eastman discusses the process of healing for the church and the people that comprise it. Since it is the people that make up the church, the healing for both essentially requires the same undertaking. 




A wounded church is not capable of adequately serving its purpose. As Eastman writes in this book, “One of the most tragic accounts I can imagine is that of someone desperate for meaning, healing, and hope, a soul damaged and wounded by the issues of life, who finally walks through the door of a church building in search of God. But instead of experiencing a community of love, grace, and acceptance by a congregation of redeemed sinners who extend to others God’s redemptive grace, they are subjected to terrorists of the soul who inflict condemnation, criticism, and rejection and who practice exclusion.” The church needs to be healed and restored first before it can heal and restore the believers within it. 


This book is written for churches’ leaders and individuals who have been hurt by the different conflicts in the church. It opens believers up to love and compassion that empowers them to approach the conflict that they experience with grace. It encourages believers to apply biblical principles that remain true and alive for churches anywhere in the world.



Reader's Reviews


I've been a minister for over fifty years now and can identify with what pastor Eastman shares in this amazing book on church and personal healing. This book is designed and written for churches, pastors and individuals who are, or have been hurt by legalism, hatred, I'm right and you are wrong attitude. This book is full of grace, love, compassion and most importantly healing. The author states, “One of the most tragic accounts I can imagine is that of someone desperate for meaning, healing, and hope, a soul damaged and wounded by the issues of life, who finally walks through the door of a church building in search of God. But instead of experiencing a community of love, grace, and acceptance by a congregation of redeemed sinners who extend to others God’s redemptive grace, they are subjected to terrorists of the soul who inflict condemnation, criticism, and rejection and who practice exclusion.” This book will help all of us realize what a church is suppose to be about. — G.W.O'Neil, Amazon Reader's Review
Refining Fire written by Pastor Duane Eastman is top of the list of those I've read concerning healing that is needed for the Lord's church. He has obviously lived what he has written. He gives the antidote for the wounded in need of healing. The stories and Scriptures are balanced, making it valuable to both leaders of churches and every church member. Several statements penetrates the soul, such as, "The level of dysfunction, division, and disaster in many churches today reveals a need to be renewed in understanding that the highest priority for the existence of the church is to be the living presence of Christ." (pg. 25). Following the love, grace, and truth of this book will surely bring healing, love, purpose, unity, and most of all, the living presence of Christ. — Jack Stone, Amazon Reader's Review

Duane Eastman lives in Anacortes, Washington with his wife, Myrna. Most of the churches he served were wounded, either from congregational conflict or pastoral dysfunction. With an emphasis on grace and love as the keys to personal and congregational renewal, healthy churches became the mark of his pastoral experience

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