Ryan knows all about sexual addiction---he struggled with it for years. Now he offers hope to those who're experiencing the same shame and isolation. Outlining a ministry that protects the dignity of the sexually broken, he offers insights into living a divided life, knowing the enemy within, experiencing God in the midst of darkness, and more.
There are some things we just don't talk about. Things like sex, particularly when our sexuality is a matter of personal struggle. Things like the vulnerabilities of our pastors, who must maintain a façade not merely of respectability but of moral and psychological superiority. We don't talk about things that make us feel insecure, that make us feel unsettled. But the nature of spiritual growth, even the story of Christian faith, is a matter of being unsettled from the comfortable compromises we've made and set on a course together toward wholeness and mutually supportive community. Pastor T. C. Ryan takes us on an unsettling journey through his lifelong struggle with sexual addiction, one that predated and pervaded his pastoral ministryone which for far too long he faced in secrecy and isolation, separated from the brothers and sisters in Christ who were called to bear one another's burdens. Ashamed No More doesn't cast blame or argue for looser moral standards. It does, however, call us to the unsettling ministry that a God who is love calls us tothe unsettling grace that is the audacious gospel of Christ.
For nearly twenty years T. C. Ryan was founding and senior pastor of a large church. He resigned in order to concentrate more fully on his ongoing recovery from a lifelong sexual addiction. Dr. Ryan now has a ministry of spiritual direction with individuals and groups, preaches, writes and leads seminars on achieving spiritual wholeness in a sexually broken world.
Walter Wangerin, Jr. is the award-winning author of thirty-five books, including the best-selling the National Book Award-winning and, most recently, Wangerin holds the Jochum Chair at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he teaches literature and creative writing, and is writer-in-residence.
"A genuinely important book."
"This is a story about redemption and sexual addiction that avoids salacious details while giving an honest and helpful account of what it means for the Holy Spirit to work in the life of a fallen, but loved, believer. The author makes a convincing case for the notion that there really is such a thing as sexual addiction. In addition, one gets a clear look at the arduousness and the ebb and flow of recovery work. But, two things especially struck me. First, there is an aura of grace about this book. Second, although I am not a part of the recovery movement I sensed a clarion call to doing the hard work of growing in Christ and being accountable to my brothers and sisters. The book doesn't quite read like a novel, but it comes close: the kind of 'novel' that encourages one to live better, love deeper, and bask in the love of God. It is a book I recommend for the reader and the church."
"Tom Ryan has written a remarkable confessional. In Ashamed No More he confesses his years-long addiction to sex, describing with truth, clarity and compassion the hopelessness he felt as an addict. But this book is also confessional in that it declares this reality: liberation is possible through Jesus Christ, and hope is a present reality for people who want a different story than enslavement to addiction. This book is a gift to the church and to the many men and women who long for a path to freedom and companionship along the way."
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