Released From Shame: Moving Beyond the Pain of the Past  -     By: Sandra D. Wilson
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Released From Shame: Moving Beyond the Pain of the Past

Inter-Varsity Press / 2002 / Paperback

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Too often, being raised in a dysfunctional family environment where healthy nurturing isn't the norm can result in chronic shame later in the adult years. This emotional scarring can leave us desiring joy in life, but seldom grasping it. Drawing from years of experience as a family therapist, Dr. Sandra Wilson illuminates biblical principles to lead adults out of this emotional maze and help parents avoid passing it on to their kids.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 204
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0830823344
ISBN-13: 9780830823345
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Publisher's Description

Do you feel
  • that your problem is not what you do but who you are?
  • caught in patterns of destructive relationships?
  • that you never get enough affirmation?
  • afraid you'll pass bad patterns along to your children?
  • that God probably loves you less than others?
If these questions fit you, you may be experiencing shame. Often shame comes from being raised in a family that has an impaired ability to provide its members with healthy nurturing. As a result, you carry emotional scars into adult life, longing for happiness but feeling unworthy of it. Sandra Wilson knows much about "shame-based" families--both from personal experience and from her years as a family therapist. Drawing from this background, she teaches you biblical principles that have helped her and many others work through painful issues and learn new, healthier ways to live. In this revised edition, Wilson also includes help for parents who want to break the intergenerational cycle of shame and give their children a "grace-based" foundation for life.

Author Bio

Sandra D. Wilson is a seminary professor, certified spiritual director and retired family therapist. She is an international speaker and the author of six books: and

Editorial Reviews

"God's perfect love certainly can cast out fear, but I never truly understood how God does that until learning more about being a shame-based person. Sandra Wilson has written an incredibly needed resource--especially for those of us from shame-based cultures--on how finally to experience exquisite freedom in Christ."
"In the midst of a veritable flood of books on the subject, this one stands out. It is a balanced blend of keen therapeutic insights, effective illustrations from counselees and a warm sharing of the author's own personal story. I recommend it highly and intend to use it extensively."

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  1. Becky
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    April 25, 2009
    Becky
    While reading the first half of the book, I found myself literally having a hard time staying awake. I almost quit reading it because I just wasn't getting anything new. In the second half of the book, I did learn a few things. Overall, it didn't inspire me very much.
  2. Janet Murray
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 3, 2008
    Janet Murray
    This book revealed so much to me about the harm shame does to us, both physically and emotionally. This shame is passed, unknowingly, between generations, leaving us dragging our huge ball of guilt. Unhealthy families are taught to be seen and not heard. We learn how to hide our secrets, our past struggles and even our feelings, so we end up being numb and silent. After reading even a few pages, this book enlightened me to the truth that we are completely loved and forgiven by Jesus. This book was one of the best revelations for me to understand me and how I was able to be set free. Awesome!!!!
  3. Joyce Zander
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 25, 2008
    Joyce Zander
    This has been a truly amazing book. It has hit on issues in my life that I didn't even remember. It has and continues to be a very important instrument in my healing process.
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