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Healing Spiritual Abuse and Religious Addiction
Healing Spiritual Abuse and Religious Addiction Author:Matthew Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn, Dennis Linn Discusses the realities of spiritual abuse and religious addiction, how they are defined, the reasons they exist and how people can move beyond vulnerable life patterns in order to enjoy a more lifegiving relationship with God and with a healthy faith.
From the introduction: The first two chapters describe religious addiction and spiritual abuse, and the healing that can come from spiritual reparenting. Because addiciton and abuse are rooted in shame, Chapters 3 through 6 explore the shame-based patterns we learn in childhood that can make us vulnerable to religious addiction and spiritual abuse, and how these patterns can be healed through recalling positive and negative memories. Chapter 7 expands this healing to include the abuse and shame suffered by our ancestors (still expressed through conflicts in many of the the most troubled places in the world today). Chapter 8 discusses how scripture has often been used to reinforce religious addiction and spiritual abuse. Finally, Chapter 9 is about healthy religion, in which we ... are free to do what Jesus would do.