The Emotionally Destructive Relationship: Seeing It, Stopping It, Surviving It

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Harvest House Publishers, Aug 15, 2007 - Religion - 256 pages
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Leslie Vernick, counselor and social worker, has witnessed the devastating effects of emotional abuse. Many, including many in the church, have not addressed this form of destruction in families and relationships because it is difficult to talk about. With godly guidance and practical experience, Vernick offers an empathetic approach to recognizing an emotionally destructive relationship and addresses the symptoms and the damage with biblical tools. Readers will understand how to: Reveal behaviors that are meant to control, punish, and hurt Confront and speak truth when the timing is right Determine when to keep trying, when to get out Get safe and stay safe Build an identity in Christ This practical and thorough resource will help countless individuals, families, and churches view abuse from God's perspective and understand how vital it is for victims to embrace His freedom from the physical, emotional, spiritual, and generational effects of emotionally destructive relationships.

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very helpful in understanding destructive patterns

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I found this to be very helpful in understanding destructive patterns,and how they are best dealt with in a Godly manner. It also helped to see my own strengths and weakness , equipping me to deal ... Read full review

Truly a God send when I needed it.

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I heard Leslie on Focus on the Family talking about this book. I checked the local library and they had it. I always had a feeling their was something wrong in my relationship to my husband, but could ... Read full review


Making a Good Start
Created to Live Connected
Seeing It
Stopping It
Surviving It
Resources for Further Help
Categories of Abuse
A Special Word to People Helpers
About the Author
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Leslie Vernick, a licensed clinical social worker with a private counseling practice, has authored numerous books, including The Emotionally Destructive Relationship and Lord, I Just Want to Be Happy. She completed postgraduate work in biblical counseling and cognitive therapy. Leslie and her husband, Howard, have been married more than 30 years and have two grown children.

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