There is a violence epidemic in our country today—and it is growing. Every time another mass shooting occurs, the media and politicians erupt into another volatile debate over the cause of the escalating violence. Some blame it on guns and call for gun control, and others blame it on mental health and call for more investment in mental health services.
In Stopping America’s Violence Epidemic, author and professional counselor Dr. Jim Gardner argues that the underlying cause of this pervasive violence is anger, which is often aggravated by painful feelings of grief. Having worked with many violent individuals in his professional life, Dr. Gardner explains how mental health professionals do not know how to help people with their grief and anger, and he proposes a simple, faith-based way to resolve anger and grief. Churches can be at the forefront of this approach, using these principles and teaching them within their communities. When churches do this, it will lead to radical changes in them and in our society.
The government, politicians, and the media will never be able to stop the violence epidemic in our country—but the Christian church can. With a powerful, faith-based way for people to overcome their anger and grief, the Christian church can lead the way and show the world how to use prayer to release its anger and grief.