Released from Shame: Moving Beyond the Pain of the Past

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InterVarsity Press, Jan 22, 2002 - Religion - 200 pages
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Do you feel
  • that your problem is not what you do but who you are?
  • caught in patterns of destructive relationships?
  • that you never get enough affirmation?
  • afraid you'll pass bad patterns along to your children?
  • that God probably loves you less than others?
If these questions fit you, you may be experiencing shame. Often shame comes from being raised in a family that has an impaired ability to provide its members with healthy nurturing. As a result, you carry emotional scars into adult life, longing for happiness but feeling unworthy of it. Sandra Wilson knows much about "shame-based" families--both from personal experience and from her years as a family therapist. Drawing from this background, she teaches you biblical principles that have helped her and many others work through painful issues and learn new, healthier ways to live. In this revised edition, Wilson also includes help for parents who want to break the intergenerational cycle of shame and give their children a "grace-based" foundation for life.
 

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User Review  - eleanorigby - Overstock.com

I read this book and it was easy to read and easy to understand. I could relate to the examples and was able to make sense out of dysfunctional dynamics within my family structure. I liked it so ... Read full review

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User Review  - Becky - Christianbook.com

While reading the first half of the book, I found myself literally having a hard time staying awake. I almost quit reading it because I just wasn't getting anything new. In the second half of the book, I did learn a few things. Overall, it didn't inspire me very much. Read full review

Contents

Contents Introduction
9
Half a Loaf
13
Understanding Shame Stumbling
23
Shame in Unhealthy Families
33
Rules in Unhealthy Families
43
Abuse Shaming in Unhealthy Families 33
53
Abuse Shaming by Christian Parents
67
Understanding Consequences Change
75
Released from Shamebased Overdependency
121
Released from Shamebased Concepts of God
141
Released to Forgive the Shamers 137
157
Released to Release Our Children
171
Released for Potential Purpose
183
Your Identity in Christ
191
Attributes of God
193
Notes
195

Released from Shaming Our Flaws
83
Released from Shaming Our Feelings
99

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About the author (2002)

Sandra D. Wilson is a seminary professor, certified spiritual director and retired family therapist. She is an international speaker and the author of six books: Released from Shame, Into Abba's Arms, Hurt People Hurt People, The World According to Me, Shame-Free Parenting and Counseling Adult Children of Alcoholics.

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