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Narcissistic Predicaments: A Biblical Guide to Navigating the Schemes, Snares, and No-Win Situations Unique to Abusive Families Paperback – April 29, 2010
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Sister Renee totally hits the nail on the head with one difficult situation after another. Narcissistic Predicaments taught me how to cope with continuing problems and abuse and how not to feel guilty for doing the right thing.
For example, my family never accepted my wife from the time they met her, although we've now been happily married for over 30 years. I never understood why, or how to set boundaries on their abuse and interference, but now I do. I wish I had this book 30 years ago. It's dynamite, covers some really controversial situations, is an easy read, and I would even recommend giving one as a gift to your spouse.
All along whenever other people would tell me I had to keep overlooking my family's abuse and accept them the way they were or I wouldn't be a good Christian, I always felt something was wrong with that kind of thinking but I couldn't put it into words. I knew God would not want me to accept abuse and evil. This book made it possible for me to clarify my thoughts about this and has validated and encouraged me. I found it to be a very useful tool, and full of helpful scripture I never knew existed. Now I know my feelings were right all along- it is okay to set boundaries and my greatest responsibility before God is to protect myself and my wife and children, not my abusive relatives.
I went down the list of the 102 Questions to ask yourself when deciding whether to end an abusive relationship and saw myself in almost every one.Read more ›
It's the one volume I return to again and again, because the anecdotes and clear, honest dialogue serve as memorable and encouraging examples. As I go through the AWFUL journey of recognizing mother's horrid malignant narcissism, to acknowledging the painful realities of having a mother who never loved you (and probably can't), and all the steps of grief and loss and anger leading up to the ultimate "No Contact" decision (one, like you, I really, really wanted to avoid in the beginning!), it was so astoundingly comforting to have an honest companion in Sister Renee there for the journey (and it's a tough one - know that you're not alone!).
Humourous chapter headings like, "Just when you thought it was safe to put up the Christmas tree - The strange phenomenon of the surprise pre-holiday contact" made me know that this was going to be a work based in actual reality - not subjective idealism and "good advice" (I really didn't like Nina Brown's stuff in retrospect. Even my psychologist raised a dubious eyebrow at some of her assertions).
Sister Renee gets down to the meat of it - what the cover promises; STRATEGIES. And I sure needed (and need!) them! It's so hard to think clearly with all this hurt inside. I especially love the LONG-TERM strategies and anecdotes - 2 years no-contact, 10 years no-contact, and what to expect, based on Sister Renee's experience, from your estranged family in that time (no, they don't go away. Here's some of the stunts they'll try to pull. And here's what you do about it!).Read more ›
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I did not purchase this book but I downloaded the sample. I am so glad I did! My first impression as I read the story of the dog was, "please tell me this is a readers story... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Walter Luthye
I have read two of Renee's other books (Breaking the Bonds Adult Child Abuse and Narcissistic Confrontations), and this book, like the other two, is just plain awesome! Read morePublished 4 months ago by JJ48
Thank you, thank you, thank you. This book is so exactly our situation with my estranged dad that I could have written it myself. Read morePublished 5 months ago by isaacbaby
Finally a book written that guides those of us who were raised being told that we were "selfish," and that we are bad people for trying to be happy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mrs. Glenn
Lots of information, but for a very specific audience=Children of psychopaths (narcissists, same thing).Published 8 months ago by PMTimo
Makes a lot of sense. Great analysis of this disorder and lines up perfectly with all the scripture she has supplied. I wish I had read this years ago.Published 11 months ago by jed
Sits great,holds enough.Careful not to lift,as the handle does pivot!Published 12 months ago by LISA O.
I was hoping to receive some positive, objective guidance about how to continue interaction with my narcissistic family member. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michelle Redden