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Overview This practical and thorough resource will help countless individuals, families, and churches view abuse from Gods perspective and understand how vital it is for victims to embrace His freedom from the physical, emotional, spiritual, and generational effects of emotionally destructive relationships.
Leslie Vernick, counselor and social worker, has witnessed the devastating effects of emotional abuse. Many, including many in the church, have not addressed this form of destruction in families and relationships because it is difficult to talk about. With godly guidance and practical experience, Vernick offers an empathetic approach to recognizing an emotionally destructive relationship and addresses the symptoms and the damage with biblical tools. Readers will understand how to: Reveal behaviors that are meant to control, punish, and hurtConfront and speak truth when the timing is rightDetermine when to keep trying, when to get outGet safe and stay safeBuild an identity in Christ
This practical and thorough resource will help countless individuals, families, and churches view abuse from God's perspective and understand how vital it is for victims to embrace His freedom from the physical, emotional, spiritual, and generational effects of emotionally destructive relationships.
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.82" Width: 5.24" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Release Date Aug 15, 2007
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
ISBN 0736918973 ISBN13 9780736918978
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More About Leslie Vernick
Leslie Vernick, ACSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who has her own private counseling practice and more that twenty years of experience counseling Christians from a biblical worldview. She received her master's degree from the University of Illinois and is an adjunct professor at Philadelphia Biblical University. She is a popular speaker for women's groups, couple's retreats, and professional seminars, and is the author of The TRUTH Principle: A Life-Changing Model for Growth and Spiritual Renewal. She and her husband, Howard, live in Orefield, Pennsylvania, and are the parents of two grown children.
Leslie Vernick currently resides in Orefield, in the state of Pennsylvania.
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Emotionally Destructive Relationship May 2, 2010
This very clearly explains the different ways we can easily be in a destructive relationship. Left without any realization of these could end relationships unnessisarily.
Delivery took at least 2 weeks! Too long!
Excellent! Mar 22, 2010
I absolutely devoured this book, Leslie is full of infinite wisdom and understanding. In trying to come to grips with difficult people and crazy-people and somehow understand them in order to help my own self-concepts in a proper light. I received so much enlightenment into the spirit of what transpired in many relationships I know that have gone bad. Many mistakes were made but even if the mistakes had not happened, I see those relationships were unhealthy and never had a chance of being healthy because of the closed spirits and hearts of those involved. Either love exists or it doesn't. If those who claim they love you are godless in their words and actions, playing vicious mind games of deception and control it becomes plain they do not possess any love. Without love, without honesty you can never have a healthy relationship, it is impossible. There is no relationship! As described in her book the following shares this very concept.
Page 13 Proverbs says, With their words, the godless destroy their friends, and, "Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting then with a sharp arrow" (Proverbs 11:9; 25:18). Jesus takes the matter of verbal abuse quite seriously when he likens it to murder. (Matthew5;21) Many people suffer in relationships where offensive words and threatening gestures are the weapons of choice, used to manipulate, control, punish, and wound without leaving any physical evidence. Page 16 In the last part of this book I want you to know, really know, that God sees you and deeply loves you. When we have been beaten down by the words or actions of another, we feel broken and helpless, unlovely and unloveable. How wonderful that our healing does not depend upon the love or affirmation or apology of another person. We may never get those things. But our strength and healing will come as we are able to receive and believe God's love.
I will end with this valuable message that God's love is the best healer for all that transpires and He has given us freely that love unconditionally that we can share it with those who we genuinely love!
This book is phenominal! Great teachings... A must have...
The Emotionally Destructive Relationship Jan 24, 2010
This is, without a doubt, one of the VERY BEST, if not THE BEST "Helps" book I have ever read. Mrs. Vernick has captured the problem, the characteristics, and best of of, the real solution perfectly. It is as if she sees the very situation in which (one) is struggling with at that very moment. Her justification with Scripture is perfect and "right on target." I love her uses of Scripture to demonstrate certain points. I have shared this book with many people who have in turn gone out and purchased the book too. I plan to share it with many people. We have decided that this book should be in every counselor and pastor's office and manditory reading for those in the counseling field. Excellent, thoughtful, right on-target book!!! I would give her 10 stars out of 10!!!!!!
This book is solid, and very well written. Dec 15, 2009
I appreciate the author going to all the effort to relate emotional issues to the scriptures. Unlike many other books similar in subject, this one actually gives a path to solution of the issue. This is a good read for anyone who wishes to have meaningful relationships.
A Must Read for Pastors and Counselors Nov 10, 2009
This book is a great diagnostic tool for evaluating and dealing with domestic abuse. It helps someone involved in an abusive relationship to have clear thinking and direction, which is incredibly hard when you are living in that type of situation. For people helpers, it gives effective means of getting at the truth, which is difficult because these issues are filled with deceit and manipulation. It provides a guide to help sort through incorrect perceptions and gives wisdom for better counsel. This has been a tremendous resource for me and I've passed it on to many others both within the church and without.
Speak Up, Stand Up and Step Back is a very effective way of keeping yourself from being pulled into destructive relational patterns and can force the other person into a crisis of decision and invite them to change. Leslie's counsel is very biblically grounded and straightforward. She really lays it out and takes a stand on this controversial and much avoided issue in the church. Thank God for her boldness in speaking truth.