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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 59 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Zondervan
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 21 Jan. 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00383CQG2
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Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse Audiobook – Unabridged
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Soaked in biblical verses of pain and encouragement, along with real comments from victims, (including a suicide note) printed in a catchy bold style, there are four main sections: figuring out your pain; when relationships hurt; when you hurt; healing your pain. Trauma, guilt, shame, isolation, problematic coping strategies, and risky-behaviour are all explored, explained and God's love and healing offered through practical suggestions and hands-on tools. There's lots to challenge all of us.
This book is the student version; a longer version for professionals is available, but some of the linked resources are only available from the US (I've just ordered a bundle!) It is aimed at those exploring their own hurts, can be used working together in one to one work; but is a MUST for those working with young people struggling with any kinds of hurt and trauma. Buy it, and READ it!
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The book is divided into three parts: the nature of abuse, the effects of abuse, and the healing path. He delivers, resoundingly, what each part promises. Mixing insights from psychological studies, careful exegesis of Scripture, and case studies, Tracy fully explores the horrific damage that abusers and abusive families perpetrate on victims. But he does not fall into the trap of ennobling and white-washing the victims. He also explores the (understandable) sinful responses of victims to their abuse, and he’s not afraid to label those responses as sin.
In a word, this is gentle pastoral care of souls ravaged by abuse, wrapped into an insightful, honest volume. Whether you are coming from the “Christian counseling” side of the aisle, or the “Biblical counseling” side, you’ll find much that’s useful. Tracy does a good job of staying true to Scripture while fully employing the observations and statistics of the world of psychology.
The chapters on "Facing the Brokenness" and "Rebuilding Intimacy with God" are outstanding. Here is real hope and practical guidance for counselors who are working with victims of abuse and molestation.
As a sidelight, those who are helping combat veterans dealing with PTSD might find useful insights in this volume. Tracy does a good job of showing the relationships between various kinds of high-stress high-trauma experiences.
The weakest part of the book, in my estimation, is his chapter on forgiveness. While I find myself in agreement of most of what he has to say, I think there are better treatments elsewhere. It’s a niggling, quibbling point, though, when you consider the overall excellence of the book.
For those who need to know before reading this is a biblically based book. For the Christian it's perfect. For the non-christian, if you can look past that it has great information and may even help you help the Christians in your realm of influence.
I'll be reading again to take notes and will probably but a couple dozen because sadly I know too many people this can help, from victims to pastors to leaders and to family members to help them understand!