Handle with Care: How Jesus Redeems the Power of Touch in Life and Ministry by Lore Ferguson Wilbert
Handle with Care reclaims the God-given ministry of pure and healthy touch. 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.
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Hardcover: 264 pages
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lore Ferguson Wilbert has lived all over the United States but will always be most at home in the Northeast. She holds a degree in English from Lee University. She has been published by Christianity Today, Fathom Magazine, LifeWay Leaders, LifeWay Voices, The Gospel Coalition, Revive Our Hearts, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and more, on spiritual formation, faith, culture, and theology in life. She also teaches writing and edits on the side. She and her husband live with their Wheaten, their books, their gardens, and a stocked tea box at all times. You can read more of her work at sayable.net, on Twitter @lorewilbert or Instagram @lorewilbert.
"A fresh, singular voice that is as muscular and grounded as it is exquisite. A rare, authentic wonder in a world of words. What Lore writes, I need to read."
— Ann Voskamp
"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