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God created relationships to be beneficial. So how and why are they derailed? Tackling the challenging issue of codependency, Christian counselors Jantz and Clinton share expert insights on phases and fears of relationship dependency, the roles of physical and spiritual abuse, attachment styles, and more to help you recover from negative patterns and find wholeness.
Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Love Junkies: 7 Steps For Breaking The Toxic Relationship CycleChristy JohnsonAuthentic Media / 2014 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:
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In a warm, engaging style, Drs. Jantz and Clinton walk readers through patterns of relationship dependency, helping them unravel why they are drawn back to the same dry well of unfulfilled relationships over and over again. Readers will discover how to break the cycle, banish their fears, and find wholeness in the God who designed them to be in relationship first and foremost with him, thus freeing them to find healthy relationships with others. Includes a twelve-week personal recovery plan.
Dr. Tim Clinton is president of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), executive director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies, professor of counseling and pastoral care at Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and a licensed professional counselor. He is also the coauthor of the Quick-Reference Guide to Counseling series of books.
Ann McMurray has coauthored several books, including Controlling Your Anger Before It Controls You. She lives in Washington.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Gently helps the reader to recognize & change unhealthy relationship patternsOctober 28, 2015Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Don't Call It Love" is a book that describes relationship dependency and how to break that cycle. I've had difficultly understanding why a teenager I mentor seems to seek out chaotic, emotional roller coaster relationships. This book did help me understand where she's coming from, but it's intended to be read by someone who needs help rather than someone who wants to help. The overall tone of the book was encouraging and hopeful.
The majority of the book was a series of questions, lists, and descriptions relating to relationship dependency. The authors described various traits of relationship dependency, the 8-phase addicted-to-relationships cycle, and the fears that drive this behavior. They explored how emotional and spiritual abuse contributes to relationship dependency. (Spiritual abuse is when someone deliberately uses God's approval--and this someone "speaks" for God--to control another person.) They also explained how brain chemistry can reinforce bad patterns of behavior, how this can be retrained, and various attachment styles.
Finally, they talked about the truths you need to know to replace the lies that feed relationship dependency. The authors are Christians, so these truths are based on Biblical truths. This included more questions and lists, but these showed how knowing the truth changes the answers that you might have previously given. They also included a 12 week recovery plan that gives a prayer, Bible verse, the truth learned from that verse, and actions to take that week.
The book gently helps the reader to recognize and admit unhealthy relationship patterns in their lives and encourages them to want something better. I think it'd help someone frustrated with their relationships.
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.