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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Shame Interrupted

Edward T. Welch, MDiv, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Education Foundation (CCEF).  The B&B Media Group sent me his latest book Shame Interrupted:  How God Lifts The Pain Of Worthlessness & Rejection for the purpose of review.  Shame Interrupted is endorsed by popular pastor Mark Driscoll and Dan Allender, PhD,professor of Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology.

In Shame Interrupted, Welch seeks to bring the darkness of shame into the marvelous light of God's Word helping the reader to identify shame in their own lives and begin to understand the truth of how God sees them.  There are discussion questions at the end of each chapter which help the reader to apply principles taught within the chapter.  The book is thorough and biblical as it points to Scripture as the ultimate "word" on dispelling shame.  Shame Interrupted would be a helpful resource to pastors, lay counselors or for use in a discipleship/training class.  Welch's writing style in the book is conversational and engaging.  The only real criticism I can give the book is that the first few chapters are a bit repetitious and "wordy".

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
"This is the gospel:  God touches us.  All the talk about cleanness and uncleanness points to this divine touch.  This is what the universe itself was waiting for.  It is an unbalanced transaction that displaces our shame and replaces it with holiness.  The apostle Paul put it this way: 'For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.'  With our touch, Jesus becomes our scapegoat.  In his touch, Jesus takes our sin and absorbs our shame and we receive his righteousness."
"This is faith:  we reach out and touch the Holy One.  Faith means we believe that the kingdom of heaven has come to us in Christ.  It means we believe there is hope in Jesus and only in him.  It means we believe that rescue, healing, covering, acceptance, and cleansing are possible, and possible only in Jesus.  Faith - touching Jesus - means saying, 'Jesus, I need You.'"
This book can be purchased at Amazon.com by going HERE.

Happy Reading,
Jennifer



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