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Tragic Redemption: Healing the Guilt and Shame Paperback – August 1, 2006
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In a state of emotional spasms, Johnson battles his way through a laundry list of therapies, medications, alcohol, and finally a suicide attempt. The author states that for him "faith was just a mere option on my crowded menu of coping behaviors". Yet, through his trials and quest for hope, he discovered his deep faith and found the hope he had been seeking. He recognized he had discovered a complete plan for reducing guilt while developing personal growth.
The book is succinct, easy to read, and dispenses constructive and effective detailed advice. Tragic Redemption is for those who feel like they have been through the wringer as well as for professionals who are looking for a way to help alleviate the suffering of those they serve. The beneficial guide will steer you toward finding your own clarity and finding what is true for you in your heart.
By Hiram Johnson, Austin, Texas: LangMarc Publishing, 2006. 181 pages, paperback.
Reviewed by James W. Pruett, Ph.D.
In his reflective autobiography Hiram Johnson tells his story with both courage and transparency but also models how to reframe the "dark side" of personality in order to claim redemption. His story mirrors everyone's search for wholeness, meaning, purpose, and hope.
The autobiography begins with Johnson as a college junior drinking and driving and getting distracted by a friend. The result was a tragic accident in which a high school girl was killed. Johnson resultantly experienced sustained depression, shame, guilt, doubt, and recapitulated family of origin issues that led to psychiatric hospitalization. Midst his "dark night of the soul" Johnson found grace, his deeper Self, transformation, re-contextualization of life, and both personal and professional formation.
The author models the value of engaging the forbidden at new depths of the soul while finding new insights regarding how God is actively present in the process. He describes his fears, loneliness, questions, and emptiness drawing the reader into his chaos, confusion, and pain. He finds meaning by utilizing Christian scriptures, stories of others such as Abraham Lincoln, and writings of theologians. Pertinent themes addressed include the role of alcoholism, the need for God's power, guilt as bondage with unconscious payoffs, conquering shame and receiving the blessing, common grace, forgiveness midst self confrontation at the cross, positive responses to adversity, and meaningful suffering.
This reader experienced tears of sadness and joy connecting with the writer's soul and inspired by his reflections on his journey.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent testimony and inspiration to the Christian journey. I know Hiram personally and he lives what he has written.Published 11 months ago by mamagma
You really do not have enough space for me to say what this book has done for me.I went through the same situation he did but mine involved drinking. Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by Jeffery S. Wagner