Handle with Care
How Jesus Redeems the Power of Touch in Life and Ministry
by Lore Ferguson Wilbert
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Whether it’s fearful side hugs on one side or sexual abuse on the other, both the culture and the church aren’t doing very well with touch. Singles are staying single longer, dating is wrought with angst over purity, and marriages struggle to not interpret all forms of touch as sexual. Even the Bible seems to have endless rules about not touching things. There is simply no place where touch doesn’t seem threatened or threatening.
But a curious thing happens when Jesus comes into His ministry: He touches. Jesus touches the sick and the outcast, the bleeding and the unclean.
What could it mean for families, singles, marriages, churches, communities, and the world to have healthy, pure, faithful, ministering touch? Somewhere in the mess of our assumptions and fears about touch, there is something beautiful and good and God-given. As Jesus can show us, there is ministry in touching.
“Here is a brave, redemptive, fierce, God-honoring book . . . A helpful book on a crucial subject for an isolated generation.— RUSS RAMSEY
“This is Lore at her finest—asking taboo questions without flinching, yet somehow also answering with grace, clarity, depth, and honesty. She sees us at our most vulnerable—needy for contact—and refuses to shame us for our need.— STEVE BEZNER
“As biblical and practical, as warm and wise as I’ve come to expect all her words to be . . . the church will love better by reading this timely book.— JEN POLLOCK MICHEL