Ashamed No More: A Pastor's Journey Through Sex Addiction - eBook  -     By: T.C. Ryan, Walter Wangerin Jr.
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Ashamed No More: A Pastor's Journey Through Sex Addiction - eBook

InterVarsity Press / 2012 / ePub

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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9780830866786
ISBN-13: 9780830866786
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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 fa├žade 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 ministry—one 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 to—the unsettling grace that is the audacious gospel of Christ.

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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.

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    This book started off promising then quickly went down hill with quotes by Rob Bell and wonky streams of thought and skewed theology. The author suggests we get rid of using the word shame altogether because shaming someone doesn't steer them in the right direction. If someone isn't moved by shame it is not the fault of shame (a God given emotion), but the person- who needs to be educated on shame and healthy and proper responses. The book does however have some take aways- but nothing I didn't know already
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