The authors give hard evidence to back up there opening statement about the need for healing today. They shared the following statistics from pages 4-7 "Caring for People God’s Way":
Marital Discord: Studies show 35% of persons who marry get a divorce, and 18% of those divorced are divorced multiple times. It is estimated that the divorce rate among young people is between 40-50% of marriages and those who get married this year will experience this unless there is a wave of healing for marriages.
Fatherlessness: Each night , nearly 40% of children fall asleep in homes where their fathers are not present.
Sexual Abuse and Assault: The present evidence of widespread sexual abuse is daunting. By age 18, 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by someone they love or should be able to trust.
Domestic Violence: Violence at the hand of an intimate partner occurs across all populations, irrespective of economic, religious, social, or cultural affiliation-and accounts for 20% of all nonfatal violent crime against women.
Suicide: A suicide occurs approximately every 20 minutes in the United States. According to a 2004 study, over 30,000 U.S residents commit suicide each year, and over 130,000 are hospitalized following a suicide attempt.
Alcoholism: In the year 2000 there were approximately 85,000 deaths in the U.S. attributable to either excessive or hazardous drinking –making alcohol the third leading cause of death.
Substance abuse: The results of a 2003 poll show that 8.2 % of persons 12 and older have used illicit drugs in the last month.
Depression: An estimated 20% of the U.S. population will experience clinical depression at some point in their lifetime…according to recent studies, depression appears to be on the rise-those born after 1950 are 10 times as likely to experience depression as compared to their predecessors. Currently, individuals between ages 25-45 occupy the greatest percentage of depression, though adolescent groups possess the fastest rate of depression growth.
Anxiety: Maladaptive anxiety has become a common plague that affects approximately 19 million U.S. adults or up to 25% of the general population-and is distinct in that it progresses to consume one with overwhelming irrational fear, panic and dread.
Contributed by John Maxwell on Jun 27, 2008
God owns everything. He just asked me to manage it. God owns it, I manage it. He gives me things of which He requires of me, and this is where my responsibility comes in to do the best job of managing that I possibly can.
Contributed by Tim Smith on Oct 19, 2009
life is a gift from God and we are to accomplish things with this gift. In other words, life is God’s gift to us but what we do with This life is our gift to God. That is your legacy. Now to maximize this gift which I been have given, it’s absolutely crit