Books by Dr. Melanie
Children's Sermons are often inadequately prepared, understood maybe only by the adults, and leave the youth wanting something to which they can relate. Because children take what you say literally, the stories need to be brief, to the point, and use simple and age-appropriate words. Leaders need to get and stay on the children's eye level.
This book will help you do that by offering a written sample story related to one of the week's lectionary passages. An accompanying auditory example is told on the CDs. Each lesson tells you what props are needed. The storyteller is encouraged to include some of their own personal walk with God to make the sermonettes come alive. These tools will prepare you to plan ahead to present a relevant, effective message that the boys and girls will not only learn from but will come back wanting to hear more.
A brain tumor causes a 14-year-old boy to inflict violence on his teacher and classmates. A widowed manic mother of one of the victims orchestrates healing for the survivors and their families. A single parent of a deceased victim organizes the community after learning about Restorative Justice while befriending the assailant. Discover how tragedy unites the two grieving organizers and how you too can find healing through tragedy.
Clergy Sexual Misconduct:
A Layperson's Guide to Predict, Prevent, Detect, Address, Treat, and Recover from Clerical Sexual Abuse
This guide came into existence because God laid it upon my heart to protect church laypeople. Most ministers do not set out to commit sexual misconduct, but a variety of factors can lean a person in that direction. When stress, isolation, and a history of family dysfunction accompany a minister into their calling, it can lead a person to disaster unless preemptively addressed. People of the pews need to be educated to prevent, predict, discover, address, treat, and recover from the effects of clergy sexual abuse/misconduct/addiction. This guide will do that.
On a journey from suffering to salvation, one woman finds the inner strength to overcome her abusive past and painful present to emerge from the quicksand and face a future filled with joy.
When she was eighteen, Marion found twenty-three-year-old Frankie exciting and worldly. His hold over her compelled her to violate her own values, but Marion believed it was true love, so they got married. Decades later, Marion is a shadow of her former self. She has spent a lifetime making excuses for Frankie’s sins, but his deception, manipulation, abuse, and addiction-fueled extramarital affairs have shattered her. But Marion’s history of childhood sexual abuse, her fundamentalist religious upbringing, and Frankie’s own perversion of his role as a pastor have destroyed Marion’s dreams while keeping her chained to a toxic marriage out of guilt and shame.
Then comes the cancer diagnosis—and a host of other health problems. But Marion has finally decided that enough is enough, so she embarks on a path of healing. Through breakthroughs in psychotherapy, she finds that she can look past her harrowing experiences, break the chains that bind her to misery, and move toward a new life of wholeness—and freedom.