The Emotionally Destructive Relationship: Seeing It, Stopping It, Surviving It  -     By: Leslie Vernick
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Harvest House Publishers / 2007 / Paperback

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Author Leslie Vernick is a licensed clinical social worker. In The Emotionally Destructive Relationship she addresses the devastating damage that can be done through emotional and verbal abuse and offers a biblical based hope for stopping it. Learn how to recognize abuse, stop it, and survive its impact on your life by embracing God's freedom.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 250
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0736918973
ISBN-13: 9780736918978
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Publisher's Description

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 hurt
  • Confront and speak truth when the timing is right
  • Determine when to keep trying, when to get out
  • Get safe and stay safe
  • Build 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.

Author Bio

Leslie Vernick, a licensed clinical social worker with a private counseling practice, has authored numerous books, including The Emotionally Destructive Relationship and Lord, I Just Want to Be Happy. She completed postgraduate work in biblical counseling and cognitive therapy. Leslie and her husband, Howard, have been married more than 30 years and have two grown children.

Editorial Reviews

"Leslie Vernick powerfully communicates essential truths for anyone even questioning whether they are the victim of abuse. This book is a must-read--not only will it educate the reader to take the necessary steps to freedom, but it will also prevent future destructive relationships. Thank you, Leslie, for having the courage to write this much needed book!"
--Michelle Borquez, author of God Crazy and host of I-Life Television's Shine

"The Emotionally Destructive Relationship provides a critical first step down the path of healing and growth for those who find themselves stuck in abusive relationships...with no idea how they got there and no idea how to get out. Those who suffer in these relationships and those who want to help them will find a humble fellow-traveler in Leslie. As always, Leslie meets the sufferer and the sinner with compassion, truth, concrete direction, and lots of hope. I look forward to using this book with my counselees"
--Winston Smith, MDiv, director of counseling services and faculty member at Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation

"Emotional abuse is often overlooked, but it is toxic to spirit, mind and brain chemistry. The church rarely tackles it even though the Bible significantly covers it. Leslie wonderfully and practically addresses this tough topic that cripples the body of Christ and our witness to the world.
"The Emotionally Destructive Relationship will be a catalyst to help you see your own story as abuser and victim--and a catalyst to help you let the Holy Spirit empower you to renew your mind and transform relational skills so you will be a lighthouse of hope, shining God's glory for all to know His love and grace."
--Karl Benzio, MD, psychiatrist; founder and executive director of Lighthouse Network

"Periodically books come along that fill a significant need in the world of Christian counseling. This is one of those books. Leslie Vernick's new work helps persons caught up in harmful relationships gain perspective on what has gone wrong and what needs to be made right.
"The Emotionally Destructive Relationship avoids confusing psychological lingo and places the emphasis where it belongs, on the heart of men and women who must seek Christ in order to make changes in themselves in order to make changes in their relationships. Readers will first find themselves in these pages as a victim of harmful or abusive relationships; as enablers of harmful relationships; and perpetrators of harmful relationships.
"Vernick's treatment of each situation is evenhanded, tull of clinical insight, practical and concrete, and most important, biblical. Readers will walk away with a plan of action on how to change themselves and how to change the patterns of their relationship. I intend to use this book both for the persons I counsel and the graduate students learning how to counsel others."
--Jeffery Black, PhD, associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia, licensed psychologist, chair and professor of the masters in Christian counseling at Philadelphia Biblical University

"Here is a book I deeply wish didn't need to be written, but also one I am so grateful Leslie Vernick has had the courage to write. You will be moved by her compassion, be appreciative of her candor, and be helped by her professional skills honed in the trenches of real life."
--Gene Appel, lead pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

"Often the Christian community negates or minimizes the destructive nature of emotional abuse, which destroys the spirit of an individual and leaves invisible wounds that scar the soul. The Emotionally Destructive Relationship connects emotional abuse to its spiritual roots and provides practical tools to help victims heal. The biblical solution is found in the condition of heart, the renewing of the mind, and the refocusing on one's relationship with the Lord.
"This book challenges readers to take a united stand against emotional abuse...the cancer that is destroying our families. Our ministry will utilize this book as a valuable tool to train pastors and support group leaders, and in ministering to families in crisis."
--Brenda Branson and Paula Silva, FOCUS Ministries, Inc., authors of Violence Among Us: Ministry to Families in Crisis

"If you have been wounded or trapped in a destructive relationship, you are not alone. Your life story isn't over. These are the life-transforming themes of hope that Leslie affirms as she shares her healing journey, encouraging others to discover what's wrong in their relationship and find a biblical understanding of God's solution. As you apply what you read, you will learn how to let go of destructive ways and will heal and grow to become healthier and changed by God's loving grace. A must-read for everyone longing for assurance of God's love."
--Dr. Catherine Hart Weber, coauthor of Secrets of Eve and Unveiling Depression in Women; adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary

"If you came from an emotionally healthy family, are contentedly single or happily married, and have good relationships with every one you know, consider yourself very fortunate! Reality for the rest of the world often involves difficult, painful, and even destructive relationships. Leslie Vernick addresses some of the toughest situations women (and men) face in her book, The Emotionally Destructive Relationship. Written from a biblical rather than psychological perspective, the book gives principles of healthy relationships based on Scripture. If you resonate with what this book covers, I would encourage you to read it for your own understanding and direction. If you are a ministry leader or ‘people-helper,' please make an effort to get this book. It will give you vital knowledge and skills for being a channel of Christ's love and wisdom to others."
--Poppy Smith, international speaker and author

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
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    September 3, 2013
    robertanthony87
    Quality: 5
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    This book was great.

    It is a very open dialogue that proved very convicting on some of my own destructive habits.

    Recommend it highly.
  2. Upstate N.Y.
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    very helpful in understanding destructive patterns
    August 29, 2013
    newfy1
    Upstate N.Y.
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I found this to be very helpful in understanding destructive patterns,and how they are best dealt with in a Godly manner. It also helped to see my own strengths and weakness , equipping me to deal with situation more constructively , and in a way more pleasing to the Lord . I have seen an amazing difference in relationships I once struggled in.Leslie has wonderful insight , I would purchase again , publishings from this author. THANKS Leslie - Life is GOOD!!!!!!
  3. High Ridge, MO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Truly a God send when I needed it.
    August 3, 2013
    teener
    High Ridge, MO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I heard Leslie on Focus on the Family talking about this book. I checked the local library and they had it. I always had a feeling their was something wrong in my relationship to my husband, but could never put my finger on it.

    The first sentence of chapter one in this book are the exact same words I have screamed to my own husband. I knew then that God had finally answered my prayer.

    If you know in your soul that something is wrong in your relationship GET THIS BOOK. It is worth every penny and them some for the sanity and perspective it will give you. I liked this book on my facebook page and recommended it to several people.
  4. Butler, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book is wonderfully written and very helpful!
    March 25, 2013
    Tammy
    Butler, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I would and did recommend this to many friends whom I think would benefit from this wonderfully written and helpful book! Leslie Vernick is an awesome Christian writer! I refer to this book and the scriptures she references to over and over! This book has inspired me to do the right things in my emotionally destructive relationship! Thank you Leslie!
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    March 13, 2013
    Sheryl Fellers
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    It has opened my eyes and helped me to understand what is

    considered unacceptable. They say hind sight is 20/20. The relationship is now over but it is now time for healing and this helps to put it into perspective.
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