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"This book offers a balm for the battered soul." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hope and healing for the victims of emotional abuse

Emotional abuse is one of the most pervasive--and least recognized--kinds of abuse in our society. Whether you or a loved one has been abused by words, actions, or even indifference, this book will show you how to overcome the past.

In this revised and updated edition, you'll find

•strategies for dealing with a verbal abuser
•self-check quizzes
•keys to rebuilding relationships
•stories from survivors of emotional abuse
•new information on spiritual abuse
•a biblical plan for healing

Don't suffer in silence. If you have been abused by a spouse, parent, employer, minister, or friend, this book can open the doors to lasting healing.


"If you are suffering from the pervasive pain of emotional abuse through words or actions, you have suffered long enough. This book offers a balm for the battered soul."--Les Parrot III, professor of clinical psychology, Seattle Pacific University

"The scriptural and biblically oriented guidance found in this carefully crafted book will prove of inestimable value to all who accept--and adopt--its valid advice."--Ted Engstrom, former president, World Vision International


Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, is founder and director of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Inc., in the Seattle area, and is the author of several books. He has a daily radio show and conducts seminars on a variety of subjects.

Ann McMurray has helped Jantz write several books. She lives in Washington and works at The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Rev Upd edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800733231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800733230
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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153 of 154 people found the following review helpful By Leigh-Ann Gerow on March 29, 2000
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I finally decided to invest in a book about emotional abuse after realizing that issues from a past "bad relationship" just weren't going to go away on their own. With its comforting words and frequent anecdotes,"Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse" put many of my old experiences in perspective. I was able to see the "big picture" of how emotional abuse had permeated many aspects of my life, and I was finally able to acknowledge what a lasting effect it had on me. I was also surprised to see how many other people I recognized in the descriptions of emotional abusers and their techniques -- it was an eye-opener. If you have been the victim of emotional abuse (or aren't sure if you have been), you will find this book supportive, if you are an abuser you may find insight into why you abuse, and if you are just an interested reader you may be surprised by how this book changes your perspective on your co-workers, friends, and family. It really is fascinating.
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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2003
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This book is an excellent resource to help a person recognize the difference between criticism and emotional & verbal abuse. Criticism is normally given IN LOVE, there is an enormous difference between criticism & abuse. This book will also help anyone who was previously in an abusive relationship to be able to recognize some of the common traits all emotional abusers and potential emotional abusers exhibit and steer clear of another abusive relationship. I even found instances in my own life where I was the one doing the controlling through emotional abuse & have been able to discontinue that behavior through self examination & prayer. Excellent book!
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2000
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This book is excellent. I put into words my feelings and helped organize the behaviors of an emotional abuser. I have read serval books on this topic and this one is well written and is easy to follow. It also doesnt always assume the abuser is a man which is seen in so many books of this type. Highly recommended and helpful to an abuser who is willing to honestly look at her or his life and the victims of emotional abuse as well.It also gives some suggestions on how to proceed in the healing process.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By C. Danute Cekauskas, LCSW on December 2, 2009
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So many of us have grown up in a society where, if abuse is even recognized, it is not considered really damaging unless it is physical or. God forbid, sexual. Not enough emphasis has been placed on how deeply wounding emotional abuse can be on an individual. Sure, the media has sometimes identified cases where severe bullying has wreaked havoc on adolescent development. I cannot think of a book, however, that is more comprehensive on the subject of emotional abuse than Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse. I first saw the book for sale at an Army post exchange. Thumbing through it I later decided to purchase it through Amazon.com. I am really glad I did. It was most informative.
There are four parts in the book:
Part 1 concentrates on understanding emotional abuse from defining it to explaining why it is so common and informing the reader just how damaging it can be.
Part 2 describes types of emotional abuse identifying emotional abuse through words, actions, neglect and even a chapter entitled "Spiritual Abuse: The Bible as Bludgeon." Finding myself living in the Bible Belt of the United States I was naturally drawn to that chapter. I agreed with the author that religion should CONTRIBUTE to an individual's self esteem. The author admitted however that "unfortunately religious faith HAS been used as an abusive weapon in a relationship." This is perhaps the FIRST book I have ever read that dared to admit this. Indeed in my many years employed as a domestic violence social worker I had seen men feeling justified in emotionally, physically and/or sexually abusing their wives because they did not "submit" to them in the way they felt the Bible was directing them to do.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ali on December 31, 2005
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This has been such a great book for me. It was such a big eye opener for me. I knew that my life as a child left me scarred, but without any physical signs of abuse I felt that maybe it was all in my head. It was hard to read and realize that the emotional abuse I have suffered still has a great impact on me today. I loved how they spoke of God and seeking Him in your road to recovery. This book is so well written and it's easy to understand. It has identified the different types of abuse and I can see the type I myself have suffered from. Even if you have never suffered emotional abuse I would still recommend this book.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Conn on February 2, 2009
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When I finally said aloud I was being emotional abused. It was freeing but the reaction I got was shocking. In fact, I was scoffed at because "I was acting like a big baby". Emotional abuse is real and after reading this book, my feelings were validated. For anyone second guessing themselves on what emotional abuse is, feels like, how is effects or behaviors of an abuser. This book reassured me I wasn't a big baby but a victim. I will be a victim no more--the healing has begun.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Ellen C. Falkenberry on January 3, 2002
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Emotional abuse is all-pervasive in our culture, making it difficult for one small volume to address all aspects thereof. Jantz, however, gives a good introduction and lots of encouragement to those in need. I wish someone had given this book to me when I was in Junior High.
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