ABUSE AND RECOVERY BOOKS
The following Christian-centered books on abuse and recovery will help you through the process of
understanding your own or someone else's abuse and lead you through the recovery process.
The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Almost everyone knows a victim of childhood sexual abuse; it has no religious or social boundaries. And
sexual abuse is probably the most ''soul-deadening'' trauma there is.
For adult victims, here is a way out of the rage, fear, and confusion. For their spouses, families,
friends, and counselors, here are specific ways you can help the healing process. With Christ, there is indeed hope
for the wounded heart.
THE BIG BOOK on DISSOCIATE IDENTITY DISORDER: The Causes and Cure: Book Two from the "Contending for the
by Dr Tom Knotts, Jr
FROM THE AUTHOR: This is an exhaustive source on the subject of Dissociate Identity Disorder, formerly known as
Multiple Identity Disorder. I use Christian, Biblical counseling techniques that work to bring the person to
healing. The book covers the six, not five, types of dissociation, the causes, symptoms and cure of the disorder. I
have given real life examples from personal clients i have worked with who have come to complete healing and
integration. This book is called a must read for every person involved in counseling.
In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United
by Nita Belle
There are 100,000 children in America being sold and bought for sex, which the average age of entry into this
evil industry being 13 years old.
In Our Backyard invites the reader in to the lives of human trafficking victims, survivors and the traffickers
themselves with true stories. These stories not only inform the reader, but also take them quickly through a
well-documented crash course about human trafficking--better described as modern-day slavery--in the United States.
A quick read which includes study questions for small groups, In Our Backyard could change your life and save lives
hanges That Heal: How to Understand the Past to Ensure a Healthier
by Henry Cloud
Originally published as When Your World Makes No Sense, this best-selling self-help book points people who
feel "stuck" toward emotional and spiritual healing. They'll discover how to bond to God and to others, establish
appropriate personal boundaries, sort out issues of good and bad, and accept full responsibility for their lives as
The Wounded Spirit
By Frank Peretti
From the best-selling author of This Present Darkness comes a page-turner packed with the stuff of spiritual
warfare---but this time, it isn't fiction. It's fact! Sharing the passionate story of his own traumatic childhood,
Peretti reveals his personal hurts and challenges believers to become "wounded healers," protecting those weaker
Attachments: Why You Love, Feel, and Act the Way You Do
Drs. Tim Clinton & Gary Sibcy
Why is it so difficult to connect with, or even get along with, certain people especially the ones you care
about the most?
You can't seem to put your finger on it, but something is getting in the way. You've invested yourself in
relationships time and again and time and again you've been disappointed, discouraged, or deeply hurt. Yet you know
what you want: a fulfilling, safe, loving relationship with your spouse, your child, your parents, your siblings,
So how do you create satisfying relationships? Where do you begin?
Drs. Tim Clinton and Gary Sibcy believe that, for each of us, our present relationships are influenced by our
first "attachments" or bonds with people in early childhood. Consequently, understanding your pattern of relating
to others what the authors call your "attachment style" is the cornerstone for building satisfying relationships
with the people you love.
In this book, Clinton and Sibcy help you identify and define your first attachments. They then lead you to
- how to get free from the mistakes of the past
- guidance for connecting with those closest to you
- practical tools to help you avoid negative patterns of relating
- what kind of people best nurture your soul
- your personal pathway to healthy bonding with God and others
Life is short. Attachments will take you on a journey of self-discovery. A journey toward learning to love
others in godly, selfless ways. A journey that will, in turn, help you receive the love you've always dreamed
Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That
Henry Cloud & John Townsend
Too many of us have invested ourselves into relationships that left us deeply wounded. We've been abandoned or
taken advantage of, and left with little to show for what we've given. We've lost our sense of security and
personal value in the process.
And what's worse, we tend to either repeat the same mistakes of judgment over and over . . . Or else lock the
doors of our hearts entirely and throw away the key. Why do we choose the wrong people to get involved with? Is it
possible to change? And if so, where does one begin?
Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend offer solid guidance for making safe choices in relationships, from
friendships to romance. They help identify the nurturing people we all need in our lives, as well as ones we need
to learn to avoid.
Safe People will help you to recognize 20 traits of relationally untrustworthy people. Discover what makes some
people relationally safe, and how to avoid unhealthy entanglements. You'll learn about things within yourself that
jeopardize your relational security. And you'll find out what to do and what not to do to develop a balanced,
healthy approach to relationships.
by Stephen Arterburn & Jack Felton
If you know people who believe they are serving God but are driven by despair, guilt, and legalism, they
may be suffering from toxic faith. Arterburn and Felton discuss the warning signs of this problem, outline a
12-step program for healing, and describe how parents can foster healthy faith in their children.
Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, The: Recognizing and Escaping
Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church
David Johnson & Jeff VanVonderen / Bethany House Publishers
No one should leave church feeling manipulated, controlled, shamed, or condemned. But places of shelter and
encouragement can become abusive if spiritual leaders begin to use their authority to meet their needs for
importance, power, or spiritual gratification. Here you'll discover how to identify an abusive church and also how
to break free from its destructive legalism. Topics covered include:
- How spiritual abuse develops--and why those under its grip often don't see it
- The subtle ways that leaders and systems "hook" and control believers, robbing them of their joy in
- Scriptural help in recognizing healthy spiritual relationships
- Effective strategies for escaping abusive situations
Insightful, practical, and solidly grounded in Scripture, this book has what you need to recover a grace-filled
relationship with God and His church.
Hiding from Love
A workbook to help readers explore their hiding patterns and discover the freedom of connected relationships
When we experience emotional injury, fear, shame, or pride, our first impulse is to hide the hurting parts of
ourselves from God, others, and even ourselves.
The problem is that when we hide our injuries and frailties, we run from the very things we need to heal and
mature. What served as protection for a child becomes a prison to an adult. This workbook helps readers explore the
hiding patterns they have developed and guides them toward the healing grace and truth that God has built into
safe, connected relationships with himself and others.
The Lies We Believe
by Dr Chris Thurman
This newly repackaged edition examines the lies people tell themselves that damage emotional health,
relationships, and spiritual life. Psychologist Dr. Chris Thurman guides the reader through part one that
identifies the different areas of self-lies, religious lies, marital lies, distortion lies, and worldly lies.
Part Two delves into the issues of what is truth, and Part Three deals with how to live the truth, ultimately
revealing the freedom that can only come from one thing-believing and telling themselves the truth. An extremely
easy-to-follow guide filled with comprehensive workbook exercises, this edition is a way to help people experience
the emotional health, intimate relationships, and spiritual fulfillment they are seeking.
Always Daddy's Girl
by H. Norman Wright
No matter how old she is, a woman's relationship with her father-whether it was wonderful or painful-had an
impact on the person she is today. Her relationship with men, her career and her feelings about herself have all
been shaped by her father, whether she realizes it or not.
Now, with the help of noted marriage and family counselor H. Norman Wright, women can begin to understand how
their fathers had a profound effect on their emotions and behaviors as adults.
The Mom Factor
by John Townsend and Henry Cloud
No one has influenced the person you are today like your mother. The way she handled your needs as a child has
shaped your worldview, your relationships, your marriage, your career, your self-image -- your life. The Mom Factor
can help you identify areas that need reshaping, to make positive choices for personal change, and to establish a
nature relationship with Mom today. Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend steer you down a path of discovery and
growth beyond the effects of six common mom types: - The Phantom Mom . . . - The China Doll Mom - The Controlling
Mom . . . - The Trophy Mom - The Still-the-Boss Mom . . . The American Express Mom -- You'll learn how your mom
affected you as a child and may still be affecting you today. And you'll find a realistic and empowering approach
to filling your unmet mothering needs in healthy, life-changing ways through other people. The Mom Factor is a
biblical route to wholeness and growth, to deeper and more satisfying bonds with your family, friends, and spouse
-- and to a new, healthier way of relating to your mother today.
Boundaries: When to Say YES, When to Say NO, To Take Control of Your
by Henry Cloud & John Townsend
Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line
that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are
Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what
circumstances. Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions. Emotional boundaries
help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others.
Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God's will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator.
Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations.
When confronted with their lack of boundaries, they ask: Can I set limits and still be a loving person? What are
legitimate boundaries? What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries? How do I answer someone who wants my
time, love, energy or money? Aren't boundaries selfish? Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting
Beyond Boundaries: Learning to Trust Again in Relationships
How do you know you're ready to trust again ... and what does it take to be ready? Painful relationships
violate our trust, causing us to close our hearts. But to experience the freedom and love God designed us for, we
eventually have to take another risk. In this breakthrough book, bestselling author Dr. John Townsend takes you
beyond the pain of the past to discover how to re-enter a life of intimate relationships. Beyond Boundaries will
show you how.
Healing is a Choice
The power to heal-physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually-is in God's hands. But the choice to be healed
is yours. Everyone, at some level, needs healing.
In this book, Stephen Arterburn outlines ten choices crucial to receiving healing and ten lies that can prevent
you from making them. You will find the wholeness God desires for you in a practical and prayerful way through this