Here you will find materials that I recommend and that have been
influencial in both mine and my husband's life.
ABUSE AND RECOVERY
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
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 believers!
the best-selling author ofThis Present Darknesscomes 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
by Drs. Tim Clinton & Gary
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 of.
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
Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, The: Recognizing and Escaping
Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church
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:
spiritual abuse develops--and why those under its grip often don't see it
subtle ways that leaders and systems "hook" and control believers, robbing them of their joy in Christ
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.
The Lies We Believe
by Dr Chris Thurman
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.