Author Teaches How to Break Free from the Stronghold of Guilt

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Extends love of God to those who are hurting from legalistic bondage

Many believers, including former church leaders, are burdened with guilt resulting from divorce and remarriage. Some of this guilt is imposed upon them by church members with legalistic attitudes based on traditions of men, rather than the Bible. It was not until Allen M. Barber, Ph.D., personally experienced an unwanted divorce that he understood the alienation and separation from the body of Christ and the frustration of not being allowed to continue in the ministry. God used his crisis to teach him His truth about divorce and remarriage.

In Set My People Free, God's Position on Divorce and Remarriage ($9.99, paperback, 978-1-60477-348-4), Barber hopes to teach the church about God's position and encourage them to engage in a mission of reconciliation toward believers and church leaders whose lives have been impacted by divorce and remarriage, and set them free to serve God without guilt.

Says Barber, "My book presents a fresh Scriptural approach to a tragic phenomenon affecting the body of Christ -- divorce and the imposed guilt associated with it. Since I have personally experienced an unwanted divorce and ostracism by the church, I am highly qualified to write on this subject. My theological position is not just objective, but subjective."

In addition to having received a Ph.D. in biblical studies, Barber has 37 years of experience as a pastor, Bible teacher, marriage counselor, and author under his belt. Having counseled hundreds of couples impacted by divorce -- as well as his own personal experience -- Barber's good working knowledge of the Word of God makes his book biblically sound and a revelation of the Holy Spirit. "My love for God and His people especially extends to those who are hurting due to legalistic bondage," he says. "I want to see them set free."

Xulon Press, a part of Salem Communications Corporation, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 4,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Set My People Free through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors.

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