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About the Author

Jeff VanVonderen is a speaker and consultant in the areas of addiction, family systems and recovery. He is one of the featured interventionists on the Arts & Entertainment Network show Intervention. He is the author of Good News for the Chemically Dependent, Families Where Grace Is in Place, When God's People Let You Down, Tired of Trying to Measure Up and The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse.

Dale Ryan is CEO of Christian Recovery International, based in Southern California. He is also an assistant professor of recovery ministry and director of the Fuller Institute for Recovery Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has consulted with ministries in several countries who are seeking to develop support groups for alcoholics and addicts and their families. He is a coauthor of The Twelve Steps: A Spiritual Kindergarten, Rooted in God's Love and Bible study guides published by InterVarsity Press.

Juanita Ryan is a clinical nurse specialist with an M.S.N. in psychiatric mental health nursing. She has taught mental health nursing at Bethel University, Rio Hondo Community College and Biola University. She is currently a therapist in private practice at Brea Family Counseling Center in Brea, California. She is the author or coauthor of over thirty InterVarsity Press Bible studies.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 191 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; 1st edition (September 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830834974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830834976
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Barbara P. Milligan on November 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
One of the many things I like about SOUL REPAIR is the honesty of its
authors. For example, Dale Ryan talks about a time when he was experiencing
distress over God's silence toward him:

"While God still seemed to have nothing to say, his followers could not stop
talking. Everyone had something to say, a verse to read or advice to give. .
. . The advice was glib, dismissive and shaming. . . . I put these people on
a list of people not to be trusted again with my spiritual struggles. . . .
I was still pretty sure I knew what God would say to me, if anything. God
would surely browbeat me by saying something like, 'Think of everything we
could have gotten done while you wasted all this time! I've been here all
along. Where have you been?' These were the messages I expected to receive.
But if God had spoken too soon, too glibly or in such a shaming manner, I
know what I would have done. I would have added God's name to the list of
people who could not be trusted with my spiritual brokenness" (pp. 114-115).

For many of us, God has at times seemed silent, distant, and uncaring, leaving us
feeling alone, confused, and perhaps angry or fearful. The authors have
experienced these feelings at times in their own spiritual journeys, but
they do not give us quick fixes or tell us what to do more of. They know
from experience that increasing the amount or the intensity of our spiritual
practices--praying more, reading the scriptures more, going to church more,
serving others more--tends to do nothing but leave us exhausted.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dale O. Wolery on October 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is simple, clear and insightfully written for spiritual understanding. Our souls are complex but "Soul Repair" uses simple concepts as it guides us toward spiritual health. It is especially for anyone who has ever been on an honest journey of discovery toward knowing God and encountered damaging religious teaching and practices dispensed in the name of God. If your soul is hungry for a healthy relationship with God but all the "normal" Christian stuff hasn't worked or have left you cold this is a must read.

The book is solidly Christian but it provides life giving guidance without all of the meaningless code words and trite solutions which typically discourage genuine God seekers.

Incisively describing concepts like spiritual abuse, spiritual addiction and spiritual anorexia the authors present cogent insight into how our souls were damaged. Then with the skill of gentle spiritual surgeons they help us move into a rebuilding process of our internal lives with God.

As a pastor who has been trying to help pastors for more than a decade, I find this book is the one book every pastor and his/her spouse should read. I wish I had experienced "Soul Repair" early in my ministry instead of later.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joyful Heart on November 9, 2009
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Written by 3 people who have experience in counseling and psychology as well as having taken the journey themselves in the church and on to healing - this book offers their experience, strength, and hope in a very accessible style.
The book provides the means of indentifying where one is at on the journey, what one is probably feeling, afraid of, etc. and suggestions of how to move forward and what that might look like - with all of the understanding and gentleness one would expect from someone who has been through it all and come out clean. Because they have been there, the authors are able to correctly identify the pitfalls and sore spots with the courage to face what's ugly and at the same time affirming the presence of grace that is 'tailor made' for each journey. They remember well what it is like to be faith-blind. These are most welcome companions on a most difficult journey.

The book is well organized and the chapters are broken down into digestible bites with questions for reflection at the end of each section. This makes it an easy volume to work with - and the progression of the chapters are well-paced and thorough, following a pattern without tangents. The tools offered in this book are identifying abuse, identifying the fallout, finding compassion for self, what is involved in overcoming obstacles to trust, letting go of what doesn't work, finding what does work, taking responsibility, and finding community. There is nothing I wish were different about this book. It's not too long, not too short, makes nothing too heavy and takes nothing too lightly.
It is very well-balanced in its delivery and approach to the realities of the healing process, offering hope and a way through the impossible paradoxes of spiritual woundedness.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patricia T. Lundeen on March 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The authors of Soul Repair have provided insightful examples from their own lives as well as the lives of others to explain how spirituality can become distorted and destructive instead of comforting and helpful. Using Scripture, they clarify the differences between the God of the Bible and "gods-who-are-not-god" that too many of us unwittingly follow instead, leading us into unhealthy relationships with God and with other Christians.As a therapist, I appreciated the numerous real life stories that can be found within these pages. They opened my eyes to my own distortions and unhealthy spiritual tendencies and increased my awareness of how easily people can be led astray by false ideas about God. But the best part is the message of hope that can be found throughout the book. For those who have become discouraged or frustrated in their relationships with God and the church and want to grow closer to the God of love and grace found in the Bible, this book is for you.
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