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.
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.
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
"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 authors own personal story. I recommend it highly and intend to use it extensively."