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Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection Paperback – April 30, 2012
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Dr. Ed Welch is one of my favorite authors. His work is biblical, practical, helpful, insightful, and hopeful. This book on shame is one I will be buying many copies of and giving away. --Pastor Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill Church; Acts 29 Network; Resurgence
Many today are stained by a crushing sense of being not good enough - worthy only of rejection. Ed Welch understands the shame-based person so fluently that it is easy to forget that he is a professional counselor and theologian. He writes more like a friend and fellow sufferer, so his counsel is richly biblical and practical. This book filled me with confidence in the cleansing, adopting, and sanctifying work of the cross. --Tara Klena Barthel, Author of Living the Gospel in Relationships and co-author of Peacemaking Women, and Redeeming Church Conflicts
Ed Welch finds us hiding in our shame and draws us out to be re-clothed by Christ. He surprises us again with the deep relevance of God's Word - even Leviticus - to the secret fears that dominate our daily lives. This brutally honest book is for every one. --Mike Wilkerson, Pastor and Director of Biblical Counseling at Mars Hill Church; Author, Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry.
Shame is everywhere. It is obvious on the faces of those who have been abused. But because of sin, it lies in the depths of every human heart. Ed Welch shines the light of the gospel of Christ into the dynamics of shame, and explains how it is overcome in the honor Christ obtained for us through his identification with our shame on the cross. --Eric Johnson, Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Director of the Society for Christian Psychology
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Shame is something that is discussed in a therapeutic context frequently because of its constant presence in the lives of those who seek therapy. I've written about shame before, differentiating it from guilt as the latter saying, "I did bad" while shame says, "I am bad." Shame pervades people's identities, creating a sense of worthlessness and rejection.
In Shame Interrupted, Ed Welch, a psychologist, addresses the topic of shame head-on. The first few chapters paint a very real and in-depth picture of the potency of shame and its effects in daily life. Welch then proceeds to illustrate the history of shame throughout the Bible.
I was very impressed with Welch's psychological and theological treatment of such a sensitive, hidden, and pervasive topic. He brings to life the impact of shame and the power of Christ over shame. However, he doesn't argue for a simple, "Have faith, and you'll be healed approach." Rather, he actually stated, "The most promising response is that Jesus loves you, which is certainly true. But, believe it or not, that usually doesn't work either" (p. 61). Earlier on, he explains why recognizing Christ's love doesn't instantly heal shame: "When you receive such reproach from the community, you can easily believe that God himself joins these many voices, though he certainly does not" (p. 21).
Many Christians minimize the impact they have on people's perceptions of God, good and bad. However, our interactions with others can become the foundations of people's experiences of God. We literally need to be the hands and feet of Jesus, incarnating God's love to those around us.Read more ›
As someone who is struggling with this issue, I found the first seven chapters incredibly painful to read because of the emotions they stirred up in me. After that, the in-depth look at what Jesus Christ did for me began to minister to my spirit with strength and hope. I would imagine however, this book may be difficult for many to read on their own because of its intense emotional content. I think it would be more easily processed in a study situation, either one-on-one with a trusted friend or in a small group. It has study questions at the end of each chapter to facilitate discussion. I would also recommend it be read for everyone in leadership positions to have a better understanding of what many are drowning in every day.
For a motivated individual, this book gives an excellent blueprint to find cleansing and wholeness from shame.
B&B Media sent me the above book for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from B&B Media.
In Shame Interrupted, Welch seeks to bring the darkness of shame into the marvelous light of God's Word helping the reader to identify shame in their own lives and begin to understand the truth of how God sees them. There are discussion questions at the end of each chapter which help the reader to apply principles taught within the chapter. The book is thorough and biblical as it points to Scripture as the ultimate "word" on dispelling shame. Shame Interrupted would be a helpful resource to pastors, lay counselors or for use in a discipleship/training class. Welch's writing style in the book is conversational and engaging. The only real criticism I can give the book is that the first few chapters are a bit repetitious and "wordy".
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
"This is the gospel: God touches us. All the talk about cleanness and uncleanness points to this divine touch. This is what the universe itself was waiting for. It is an unbalanced transaction that displaces our shame and replaces it with holiness. The apostle Paul put it this way: 'For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.' With our touch, Jesus becomes our scapegoat. In his touch, Jesus takes our sin and absorbs our shame and we receive his righteousness.Read more ›
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Perfectly balanced and inspired! Don't hesitate.
The stories are as truthful as they are impactful.
Each word prescriptive and effective.
This book was a balm for my soul. Grateful for everything that Welch has written. Highly commend it to you.Published 1 month ago by Dana
It's a great guide to walk you through different levels of shame and bring you into a deeper relationship with God.Published 3 months ago by Threees
This book has been a huge help for me. As a Christian, I've heard for years that God loves me and accepts me. But I simply could not make myself believe it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by fiorentina04
This is a great book for anyone who wants to understand how there Trauma has shamed them and how to fix it.Published 5 months ago by Martin Olson
I've not finished the entire book yet, but all I have read so far is right on! Having been a bearer of the pain of shame, I can relate to what the author is claiming. Read morePublished 8 months ago by punkyj
This book was a very powerful read! Full of biblical examples for overcoming shame. I enjoyed this book because of its practical applications.Published 10 months ago by Sherry
Must reading. Deep, powerful analysis of the gospel applied to basic problems of the human condition in a fallen world.Published 10 months ago by Alan D. Tysinger