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Self-Injury: When Pain Feels Good (Resources for Changing Lives) [Paperback]

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Part of the Resources for Changing Lives Series

Self-inflicted pain possesses an inner logic, but Christ brings a deeper resolution to guilt, shame, anger, perfectionism, powerlessness, and despair. Concludes with ten action steps.

About the Author
Ed is a counselor and faculty member at CCEF and holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a neuro-psychology specialty from the University of Utah as well as a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over twenty-six years and has written many books and articles on biblical counseling, including best selling titles: When People are Big and God is Small, Addictions: a Banquet in the Grave, Blame it on the Brain, Depression : A Stubborn Darkness, and his newest book, Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest.

His written work and speaking ministry, which is characterized by sound biblical exposition and paired with dynamic practical application, is in great demand by today's modern church. Ed and his wife, Sheri, have two married daughters and two grandchildren. Ed is also a professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. In his spare time Ed enjoys hanging out with his wife, is the glad owner of a growing guitar collection and competes in the Master's swim event where he placed fourth in the country. Areas of interest/experience: Depression and addictions.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.38" Width: 4.04" Height: 0.15"
Weight:   0.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2004
Publisher   NEW GROWTH PRESS #1265
ISBN  0875526977  
EAN  9780875526973  

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Unhelpful Booklet That Oversimplifies How We Heal  Dec 30, 2007
As the very first Christian resource on self-injury, this booklet accomplished a lot: it brought the issue to light for Christians. As the first resource that could've set the standard and as a potential tool for healing, this booklet falls drastically short. The author writes from a biblical-counseling perspective (the perspective that thinks all the answers to all life's problems can be directly found within the pages of the Bible) and ignores decades, if not centuries, of psychological research.

While the booklet accurately assesses the reasons WHY people give for wanting to self-injure, it reduces their reasons to one: it's all about God. On some level, that may be true, but many things point directly to things in our past. Once we recognize what causes us to act in certain ways, only then can we begin utilizing God's help to overcome our faulty behaviors. And this help can come in many forms: Bible reading, medication, prayer, counseling, talking with family and friends, etc. Prayer and Bible reading are not, as the author suggests, the ONLY answer; they are a PART of the answer.

For a better introductory booklet, read "Cutting: Self-Injury and Emotional Pain" (InterVarsity Press). For full-length Christian treatments of the issue, read Jerusha Clark's "Inside a Cutter's Mind," Jan Kern's "Scars That Wound, Scars That Heal," or Marv Penner's upcoming "Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut."

Quick Understanding of SI for Christians  Dec 14, 2007
This is a very brief book on Self Injury, the title a little misleading regarding pain feeling good. That part misses the point. The book does say there are many reasons why someone would choose SI as a coping mechanism. The book promotes compassion and alternative messages for Self-Injury (SI)such as : encouraging self-love, Christ-like love and utilyzing scripture for direct communication between self and God, rather than self-inflicted violence. This book is a good intro book for persons of faith who struggle with this issue; and this book can be a good book for other persons of faith who may be in a supportive role, helping friends or loved ones who struggle with SI. More needs to be written from a Christian, compassionate perspective that is more in depth. Robin Connors books and Walsh's new book on Treating Self Injury are much more thorough and better, tho without the religious perspective.
helpful overview  Sep 6, 2007
I found this book to be a very helpful overview of the topic. Obviously, any major problem that needs counseling is also going to need a thorough amount of research also, and this provides a very basic manual to the causes and some helps for self-injurers.
Not helpful - Non-evidenced based Christian speculation  Sep 6, 2007
While I have no idea of the intentions of the author, I can imagine that in the wrong context, this book could be very unhelpful for both parents and/or teens dealing with self injury issues. This a very brief (28 p) and superficial overview of this issue from a decidedly Christian perspective which ultimately associates sinful behavior of self-injury as being associated with the devil. I find such insuations to be unhelpful.

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