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The Creaking on the StairsFinding Faith in God Through Childhood Abuse

The Creaking on the Stairs

Finding Faith in God Through Childhood Abuse

Mez McConnell
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I think there is real hope to be found, in the middle of our deepest traumas, in the good news about Jesus Christ. I also think that there is a place for us to find hope and community within the church. Because of these two beliefs, I truly think, distant though it may be, that we may even get to a place of peace within our souls and a place of forgiveness for those who hurt us so much.


This is a book that has no easy answers and will offer none. This is a book that tries to get behind the tough questions of why God permits such abuses to occur in this world. Using his own story of childhood abuse, Mez McConnell tells us about a God who is just, sovereign and loving. A good father who knows the pain of rejection and abuse, who hates evil, who can bring hope even in the darkest place.


‘It’s not a pagan rags to Christian riches story. It’s real, raw and radical. I suspect that there will be as many people shocked by the Bible teaching that Mez wrestles with, as there will be those shocked by the abuse he suffered. With chapters like ‘The glorious, wonderful reality of Hell’ and ‘The terrible reality of Heaven’, there is no chance of this book being perceived as comfortable.’ – David Robertson, Christian Today


Mez McConnell

About Mez McConnell

Mez McConnell is the pastor for Niddrie Community Church, near Edinburgh. He is also the Director of 20schemes which is dedicated to revitalising and planting gospel churches in Scotland's poorest communities. Previously he was a missionary with street kids in Brazil. He is married and has two children.


  • Author: Mez McConnell
  • Release Date: November 2019
  • Pages: 240
  • Format: Trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130
  • ISBN: 9781527104419
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: History & Biography > Biography > Biography & Autobiography
  • Series: Biography


With honesty and grace, Mez McConnell weaves together the scope of his abuse and recovery with the scope of Jesus’ person and work. In short, accessible chapters he outlines the hope of the Gospel available to both survivors and abusers. Highly recommended.

Eric M. Schumacher, Podcaster; songwriter; author, ‘Ours: Biblical Comfort for Men Grieving Miscarriages’

Reading about the reality of child abuse in the life of someone you know is gut wrenching. Realising the prevalence of abuse in our world is overwhelmingly distressing. Mez’s personal account of his life is a hard read, but as the grace and mercy of God is put on display in his life, it proves also to be a hopeful read. On the bleak and dark canvas of abuse, the gospel can shine. It shines brightly on these pages as Mez wonderfully notes hope for the abused and the abuser, as well as for ministers seeking to shepherd both.

Anthony Mathenia, Pastor, Christchurch, Radford, Virginia
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