New Bible Study Guide Provides Hope and Help for Overcoming Self-Injury

Cutting and other forms of self-injury are modern epidemics, but the United Church of God believes the ancient wisdom of the Bible can provide real hope and help. They have added a new lesson on self-injury to the site.

Cincinnati, OH, July 01, 2010 --( The numbers are staggering. It is estimated that more than 2 million people in the United States are self-injurers as they try to cope with being or feeling overwhelmed. The actual numbers are undoubtedly much larger because most acts go unreported.

Dr. Scott Hoefker, a professional counselor in Omaha, Nebraska, begins the new lesson “Self-Injury—Understanding and Overcoming It” ( by sharing this personal experience:

“Several years ago I was a member of a local fire department in a town in southern Wisconsin. One evening we responded to a residence where several teens had been partying, and one had been severely injured due to self-injury… I will never forget the emotional gamut that I went through being one of the first to arrive on the scene and view what a young girl had done to herself… I began to ask myself, ‘Why would anyone do this to himself or herself?’… The reason for the injury became clearer as I began to understand why people feel this release is needed.”

The lesson provides education about the many types of self-injury and some of the core emotional and spiritual issues that contribute to this problem.

The lesson uses modern and biblical stories and scriptures to provide relevant and helpful answers. The lesson also includes a practical “Apply Now” section and links to professional and biblical resources.

Mike Bennett, UCG editorial content manager, said, “We want these lessons to be relevant, engaging and life-changing, and we welcome suggestions for future lessons or for improving the lessons.”

The site is frequently updated with new material, and so students are encouraged to sign up for the Bible Study Guides e-mail newsletter. E-mail subscribers will receive updates about all the new lessons, as well as other relevant Bible study material. It’s all totally free, and subscribers can cancel anytime they like.

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Mike Bennett