Do you fear that God is angry with you? Do you wonder if God is really for you? if God really loves you? Deep down many of us believe that we are not good enough, and never will be good enough, to have a meaningful relationship with God. This is because we have been spiritually trained in ways that have left us with distorted and inadequate spiritualities of four different kinds:
And we are left with a toxic combination of fear and shame. We may try to get it right. We may try to control ourselves and others. We may try to please God and to earn God's love. After a while we find ourselves exhausted and discouraged, and we may feel even more alienated from God.
Jeff VanVonderen, Dale Ryan and Juanita Ryan understand this problem because they have been there both personally and professionally. And they are prepared to help you rebuild your spiritual life. If you find yourself living out a burdensome and unfulfilling spirituality, this book is for you. If you are longing to have a relationship with God that works, this book can show you the way.
The tone of Soul Repair is firm but gentle, striking at the very core of dysfunctional spirituality while tenderly providing help. The chapters are filled with anecdotes that will help you begin repairing the remnants of our sometimes-hazy image of the tru God of Jesus
The authors provide the reader with tools for rebuilding a healthy vies of God and of self.
Part 1 Distorted Spirituality
1. Abusive Spirituality
2. Anorexic Spirituality
3. Addictive Spirituality
4. Codependent Spirituality
5. Distorted Images of God
Part 2 Tools for Reconstruction
6. Beginning to Rebuild
7. Building a Solid Spiritual Framework
8. Relying on God
9. Practicing Honesty and Humility
10. Living in Community
11. Giving Back
12. Next Steps