Caring For Troubled Souls with Darby Strickland

In this episode of Straight to the Heart, our host, Rush Witt, enjoys a helpful conversation with Darby Strickland to learn more about her family and ministry in trauma and abuse care. Her newest book is Something Scary Happened, which helps children process their feelings after experiencing trauma. They discuss important questions about the challenges of abuse ministry, how her own story has brought her to this place of valuable ministry, and how God has grown her through it all, as well as how any Christian can learn to care for troubled souls.


0:30 – Intro

1:30 – Welcome and Recent Conference Update

4:38 – The Psalms Were Not Written In A Day

6:40 – How do you help parents talk to kids about abuse?

9:18 – Learning to Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

15:14 – When We Feel Inadequate for Ministry

21:20 – Maintaining Compassion for Abusers

28:55 – How does Darby keep up with so much ministry?

33:42 – New Books on Abuse

35:58 – Farewell

About Darby Strickland:

Darby A. Strickland, MDiv, is a faculty member and counselor at the Christian Counseling & Education Foundation (CCEF). She is a contributor to Becoming a Church That Cares Well for the Abused and author of Is It Abuse?: A Biblical Guide to Identifying Domestic Abuse and Helping Victims, the children’s book Something Scary Happened, and the minibook When Children Experience Trauma. She writes regularly for the Journal of Biblical Counseling. Darby and her husband, John, have three children.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

When Children Experience Trauma
Mobilizing Church Based Counseling Frontcover 85085
Angry with God Frontcover 54853
Acrostic of God Frontcover
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Straight to the Heart

Welcome to “Straight to the Heart,” a podcast from New Growth Press hosted by Rush Witt. Each episode includes thought-provoking conversations with leading Christian writers and thinkers. We hear who they are, what they believe, how they approach their work and ministry, and the moments and people who have changed their lives. In “Straight to the Heart,” we go beyond the books to connect with the remarkable people behind them.

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