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Toxic Faith Paperback – February 20, 2001
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When religion becomes a means to avoid or control life, it becomes toxic. Those who possess a toxic faith have stepped across the line from a balanced perspective of God to an unbalanced faith in a weak, powerless or uncaring God. They seek a God to fix every mess, prevent every hurt, and mend every conflict.
Toxic Faith distinguishes between a healthy faith and a misguided religiosity that traps believers in an addictive practice of religion. It shows how unbalanced ministries, misguided churches, and unscrupulous leaders can lead their followers away from God and into a desolate experience of religion that drives many to despair. Toxic Faith shows readers how to find hope for a return to genuine, healthy faith that can add meaning to life. In the words of the author, ?I want to help you throw out that toxic faith and bring you back to the real thing.?
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Steve is a nationally known public speaker and has been featured in national media venues such as "Oprah," "Inside Edition," "Good Morning America," "CNN Live," the "New York Times," "USA Today," and "US News & World Report." In August 2000, Steve was inducted into the National Speakers Association's Hall of Fame. A best-selling author, Steve has written over 60 books, including the popular Every Man's series and his most recent book, "Healing Is a Choice." He has been nominated for numerous writing awards and has won four Gold Medallion Awards for writing excellence.
Steve has degrees from Baylor University and the University of North Texas as well as two honorary doctorate degrees. Steve resides with his family in Laguna Beach, California.
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In these settings, for example, you don't ask questions, you don't express your feelings, you don't do anything outside your role and you don't trust anyone (four of the ten rules of the toxic faith system).
These are religion systems that are often subtle yet abusive, significantly materialistic (money is viewed as an indicator of spiritual strength), manipulative and, at heart, mean.
The combination of naivete and the general desire of religious folks to serve their churches, schools and organizations have caused many to succumb and become innocent victims. Paradoxically, it may take faithful followers willing to commit "organizational suicide" and become "outcasts" of the system in order to force other religious addicts to face reality.
Religious addicts are experts at setting up "exclusive societies" of toxic faith believers. People prosper and succeed by supporting the beliefs and practices of the "persecuting leader(s)." Once inside, you may not be aware of a "destructive system," but you will likely notice that your guilt and anger only increases while your self-worth decreases.
Addictive, hateful, destructive religion in America seems to have exploded since the first publication of this book in 1991. Recovery, hope and freedom are available. "Overcoming" starts with "understanding" the truths contained in this book.
Arteburn and Felton cover the two extremes of what they have labeled as `toxic faith': Religion that promotes a God who loves you according to your performance level as opposed to a `Feel-Good' God who's only concern is our perfect happiness.
After twenty odd years in a hell-hole of a church that enslaved my mind, my body, my emotions, and most importantly my faith, I am researching with all my vim and vigor what enabled this demon church to survive.
Arteburn and Felton had an astute answer: me.
With my fear of God and His retribution for not following His `Voice From the Pulpit', I faithfully served my `Master'- my so-called `pastor'.
With the cunning of the cult leader that she is, she became my `Persecutor'.Read more ›
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This books is helping me to understand the wrong knowledge I have in my head from toxic Christians. I recommend it highly.Published 4 months ago by Jean Pence
I'm only half way through this book and I am learning so much about myself, others and situations that I knew weren't right in a church that I used to attend. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jay M
I started reading this book and it hits the mark on abuse and how many ignore the very presence of it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Daniel Atkins
This is one of many excellent books on the topic of spiritual abuse in churches. I used it after I was out of an abusive, authoritarian NeoCalivist church, complete with... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Grace
Great book for Christians and non Christians study. Are we toxic in our faith? Read and understand. Dr. FuentesPublished 6 months ago by Carlos R. Fuentes
Highly recommend this book! It clears up many of the bad doctrines that cause people to get hurt by their churches and brings you to a pure faith in God.Published 6 months ago by Ludlmilla Plenty
Excellent book for anyone who is looking for clarity in their faith walk. Steve Arterburn spells out exactly what our church leaders and us are called to to in faith. An easy read.Published 12 months ago by Sandy Salyer
All the reviews I have read mention only Steve Arterburn. That overshadows Jack Felton. My wife and I have been his clients for several years now. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Thomas Charles Hinshaw