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Making Peace with Your Past

Author : H. Norman Wright
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By integrating scriptural truth and compassionate counseling, H. Norman Wright helps you unload the burden of excess baggage from your childhood, resolve unpleasant past events, and reform your ingrained patterns of behavior.

Dysfunctional Family

Author : June Hunt
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In many ways, dysfunctional families are becoming the "new norm" in our society, affecting families in and outside the church. In this ebook, June Hunt explains the signs, characteristics, and impact dysfunctional families have on children's attitudes and behavior—revealing the ugly truth that dysfunction often produces more dysfunction. She presents practical ways to break the generational cycle of dysfunction—giving those who come from this background hope and equipping those who minister to them (pastor, church leader, or friend) with practical insight on how to help. Coming from a dysfunctional family can often make a person feel helpless—doomed to repeat the same mistakes and behaviors as their parents. June emphasizes that change is possible. Using the familiar Bible story of Joseph and his brothers, June reveals how God can use one family member yielded to Him to change the dynamics of an entire family. She also tells the remarkable true story of Catherine Brown Deeken, a woman who grew up in a shattered home with 2 alcoholics, but who now (through the grace of God) runs Rainbow Days, a ministry which supports over 65,000 children who are living in high-risk situations. Compassionate in its approach, rich with scripture, and easy-to-understand, this ebook explains how to reverse the impact of unhealthy family relationships • Includes a quick overview and key definitions. Answers—What is a dysfunctional family? What is a "functional" family? What are the dysfunctional family roles? How does being raised in a dysfunctional family affect future relationships? • Reveals signs, symptoms, and common characteristics of a dysfunctional family.Explains the 8 dominant traits characterized by dysfunctional families, including chaos, control, denial, inconsistency, emotional indifference, instability, shame, and unpredictability. • Explains how unresolved conflicts in the past often cause children to repeat the dysfunctional behavior of their parents. Includes a checklist to see if you—or someone you know—is showing signs of unresolved conflict. • Provides dozens of step-by-steps suggestions and practical ways to replace "old mindsets and behaviors" from unhealthy family relationships with God's truth. What Is a Dysfunctional Family? • A dysfunctional family is one where improper and immature behavior of at least one parent damages the growth of individuality and healthy relational skills among family members. • A dysfunctional family is one where family members are negatively affected emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. • A dysfunctional family is one where everyone is negatively affected even when only one family member experiences a problem. Dysfunctional Families Produce Dysfunctional Families Dysfunction looks different in each family. Here are some of the ways dysfunction can creep into the family unit: • Overly possessive or faultfinding parents • Poor organization or overly rigid structure • Inconsistent and indecisive parents • Emotionally abandoned children (including emotional abuse) • Overly rigid structure or lacking parental authority How Do Kids Cope? 4 Dysfunctional Family Roles Children Adopt When parents are unable to manage their lives, children learn to cope by playing specific roles in the family or "acting out" in damaging ways. Typically, the child will adopt one of four roles: • The Responsible Child The "hero" tries to fix the family problems and help create a positive family image through noteworthy achievement. This child receives positive attention but often develops perfectionistic, compulsive behaviors. • The Rebellious Child The "scapegoat" draws focus away from the family's problems and onto himself or herself with rebellious, uncontrollable behavior. This child consumes time and energy from the family members and often develops self-destructive life patterns. • The Reclusive Child The "lost child" hopes that by ignoring family problems, the difficulties will go away. This child avoids attention and is often lonely and withdrawn. • The Reveling Child The "clown" uses humor and antics to direct the focus away from family problems. This child is often highly active or hyperactive and usually seeks to be the center of attention. A child may even display a combination of these traits or progress through different stages as they attempt to manage their emotional pain...just seeking to survive. To find out more about the coping devices children us, check out June Hunt's Dysfunctional Family. How can I accept and let go of my dysfunctional past? Life is a series of choices! Here's just a few choices you (and those you are helping) can make to begin breaking free from the influence of your past. I will... • Give Christ first place in my heart. Ask Jesus to be Lord of my life. Accept His forgiveness and love. Be aware of His constant presence within me. Allow Him to lead in all I say and do. • Give thought to my present dysfunctional characteristics. Pray for God to reveal my weaknesses. Pray for wisdom to understand how to change. Pray that I will draw on Christ, who is my strength, to make changes. Pray for wise and discerning friends to enlighten and encourage me. • Give myself boundaries. Define who I am: "I am a child of God," and who I am not: "I am not a piece of property." Refuse to be manipulated or mistreated and learn to say, "No." Stop playing the victim: "As an adult, I am not powerless." • Give up resentment Consider the consequences of unforgiveness. Confess my own areas of unforgiveness. Contemplate the sins for which I have received forgiveness. Choose to forgive and keep on choosing to forgive. "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me." (1 Corinthians 13:11) The dynamics of dysfunction are detrimental to the family. Discover how to cultivate your family now for the generations that follow as you establish and apply the principles of biblical truth in your own family. Look for all 36 titles in the Hope For The Heart Biblical Counseling Library. These mini-books are for people who seek freedom from codependency, anger, conflict, verbal and emotional abuse, depression, or other problems.

Redeem the Time Making Peace with Your Past

Author : Barbara J. Brooks
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As flawed human beings, we have all made mistakes or chosen to go left when we should have gone right. Even when they know that God has forgiven them, many otherwise emotionally healthy individuals remain trapped by guilt, what-ifs, and the inability to move past those choices that they wish they had not made. God wants us free from the grip of guilt and condemnation. This book ministers peace to the soul that is wearied from the burden of regret and shame, and offers the encouragement many of us need to take hold of the freedom that God so graciously offers.

Forgiveness

Author : Sidney B. Simon
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Provides a guide to assist the reader in overcoming the anger, hostility, self-doubt, and misery that another person causes in your life and to be able to forgive that person and be at peace with yourself.

The Prodigal Brother

Author : Sue Thompson
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Most people know the story Jesus told of the prodigal son the child who demanded his inheritance and then threw it away on wild living. But there were two sons in the story: the older son watched events unfold and told his father, "I stayed with you all these years and you never threw a party for me!" Those who grew up in a family with a prodigal understand that cry. Sue Thompson shares her own story of struggle and hope in The Prodigal Brother. She offers ways to heal the ache of feeling second place in a parent's affections and attention, and writes with sensitivity about forgiving a wayward brother or sister without excusing the behavior. Anyone who's ever been "the good kid" will find empathy and encouragement to unload the emotional baggage of growing up with a prodigal in the family. Many of us grew up in families where one of our siblings was the favorite child either because that one did everything right in his parents' eyes or because he was so needy. Whichever the case, Sue Thompson gives practical suggestions from her own life experiences. Whether you are the good one or the neglected one, you will find fresh insight in this eye-opening book. Florence Littauer Author of Personality Plus and Silver Boxes In the all-important arena of interpersonal relationships . . . Sue's book is at the top of my all-time list. It is that good, and it is that important. Ralph Harris, LifeCourse Ministries Author of Better Off Than You Think

Let Go and Grow

Author : Robert J. Ackerman
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Describes how alcoholism affects the children of alcoholics, offers advice on how to come to terms with the past, and looks at common adaptive behaviors

Making Peace with Your Father

Author : David Stoop
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In this revised and updated copy of his best-selling book, Dr. David Stoop encourages readers to celebrate the positive influences their dads had on them and to make peace with their fathers for the difficulties and problems they may have caused. "Making Peace with Your Father" offers a comprehensive look at the role of the father, a study of father-absence, and a thorough description of the impact of abusive fathers. Readers will learn the 11-step process that gives hope and healing for relationships with fathers. This is a journey toward healing that all of us must take if we want to be whole whole.

Making Peace With Your Adult Children

Author : Shauna L. Smith
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Making Peace with Yourself

Author : Harold Bloomfield, M.D.
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"I'm afraid of getting again." "When I look in the mirror, I'm never quite satisfied." "I can't stand criticism." "I'm always feeling tense and rushed." "I wish I could be happier." Do any of these sound familiar? Aren't they exactly the kinds of weaknesses that keep us from enjoying our lives to the fullest? This wise and compassionate book can help you confront these problems, perhaps for the first time in your life. Through a series of exercises, case studies, and personal growth techniques, you'll learn to analyze your weakness and, most importantly, strip it of the power it has over you. Making Peace with Yourself is one of life's toughest challenges, but the rewards will be tremendous.

Making Peace with Your Parents

Author : Harold Bloomfield, M.D.
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“Making Peace with Your Parents is compassionate, well-written, and will be of great value to many.”—Leo Buscaglia No matter how old you are and whether or not your parents are alive, you have to come to terms with them. This wise and practical book will show you how to deal with the most fundamental relationships in your life and, in the process, become the happy, creative, and fulfilled person you are meant to be. “A marvelous and helpful book on how to release the emotional pains of growing up, to forgive and release the feelings of guilt, and to celebrate the miracle of being alive. Dr. Bloomfield’s book is worth thousands of dollars of therapy.”—Elisabeth Kübler-Ross “No one book can resolve a lifetime of hurts and misunderstandings, but it can remove the blinders from our eyes. Make an effort now.”—Los Angeles Times

Lynchcliffe Chronicles Volume three Making Peace with the Past

Author : Melanie Dent
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Making Peace With Your Father

Author : David Stoop
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In this revised and updated copy of his bestselling book, Dr. David Stoop encourages readers to celebrate the positive influences their dads had on them and to make peace with their fathers for the difficulties and problems they may have caused. Making Peace with Your Father offers a comprehensive look at the role of the father, a study of father-absence, and a thorough description of the impact of abusive fathers. Readers will learn the 11-step process that gives hope and healing for relationships with fathers. This is a journey toward healing that all of us must take if we want to be whole.

Making Peace with Your Office Life

Author : Cindy Glovinsky
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Do you feel disconnected and disorganized on the job? Do you feel powerless in the face of multiple office challenges, from organizing your desk to dealing with office bullies? Are you sick of it all and ready to be happy at work? Help is on the way! Cindy Glovinsky, licensed psychotherapist and expert on organizing and mental health, is uniquely qualified to offer solutions to your office blues, including: - Dozens of anecdotes and insightful exercises - Simple, effective organizing tips - Hundreds of easy ways to connect with colleagues - Great ways to make positive changes in the workplace Whether you dread coming to work every day or you're just looking for a new way to deal with office issues, MAKING PEACE WITH YOUR OFFICE LIFE offers a fresh, liberating view of the office world and practical ways to cope with its day-to-day challenges.

Making Peace with the Things in Your Life

Author : Cindy Glovinsky
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A guide to understanding why your possessions keep overwhelming you and what to do about it, written by a professional organizer and psychotherapist. Do you spend much of your time struggling against the growing ranks of papers, books, clothes, housewares, mementos, and other possessions that seem to multiply when you're not looking? Do these inanimate objects, the hallmarks of busy modern life, conspire to fill up every inch of your space, no matter how hard you try to get rid of some of them and organize the rest? Do you feel frustrated, thwarted, and powerless in the face of this ever-renewing mountain of stuff? Help is on the way. Cindy Glovinsky, practicing psychotherapist and personal organizer, is uniquely qualified to explain this nagging, even debilitating problem -- and to provide solutions that really work. Writing in a supportive, nonjudmental tone, Glovinsky uses humorous examples, questionnaires, and exercises to shed light on the real reasons why we feel so overwhelmed by papers and possessions and offers individualized suggestions tailored to specific organizing problems. Whether you're drowning in clutter or just looking for a new way to deal with the perennial challenge of organizing and managing material things, this fresh and reassuring approach is sure to help. Making Peace with the Things in Your Life will help you cut down on your clutter and cut down on your stress!

Making Peace With Your Thighs

Author : Linda Mintle
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Get your thighs off your mind and lose the lies that bind. Women of America, it's time to stop obsessing and start making peace with your thighs, your waist, and any other body part that leads you to feel inadequate. Everywhere we turn-magazines, movies, television-we are bombarded with images of what a woman "should" look like. And every image makes body acceptance and confidence harder to achieve. So author and therapist Dr. Linda is inviting all members of the sisterhood of the dissatisfied traveling pants to discover how we arrived at this discontent and how to change our attitudes-and our lives-when it comes to liking our bodies.

The Abcs of Self Care

Author : Sheri E. Betts
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Creating a happier, healthier, and more peaceful life is as simple as a-b-c with this practical and interactive guide to making self-care a lifestyle. In the same way that 26 letters can create an entire language, The ABCs of Self-Care offers an easy-to-follow alphabet of tools and techniques that can create an entirely new way of living, regardless of your starting point. Learning and practicing these ABCs of self-care will help you develop the kind of self-love that prevents you from becoming overworked and undervalued – by yourself and others. Self-care can be viewed as the practice of taking an active role in protecting your own well-being and happiness. Whether your current state of well-being is “numb” or “moderately satisfied”, you can make different choices starting now to create a happier, healthier, and more peaceful life. This book will help you do that! Join me on this journey of creating your best life.

Shadow Work Understanding and Making Peace With Your Darker Side

Author : Kelly Wallace
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"Discover the hidden forces that run and ruin your life!" We all have a darker side, even if we're not aware of it or don't want to believe it. When you ignore this shadow though it gets bigger and stronger, and eventually starts making all of your decisions for you. You might think that you're consciously directing your life, but you aren't. In this book, Shadow Work – Understanding And Making Peace With Your Darker Side, I want to show you how you can work on healing your shadow-self rather than hiding from it. When I refer to your darker side or shadow-self, I'm referring to the anger, fear, sadness, rejection, shame, denial, and embarrassment that we all stuff down inside. Why do we do this? Because, we're taught from a young age that these feelings aren't acceptable, so we go through life pasting on a false front and adding more layers to the shadow within. We then project onto others what we unconsciously view as faults within ourselves, and the more regret, pain, and suffering we face. To change all of that, you need to discover why your shadow took up residence in the first place and all of the experiences that have added to its strength over the years, then work on resolving them. Soon, you'll be living the life you were meant to live by embracing those darker parts and making your shadow work with you rather than against you. Whether you've struggled with money, weight, love, or just about anything else, after dissolving those shadows within, you should notice your life changing in both small and dramatic ways. You'll attract more positive people and better opportunities. Life will be happier, smoother, and far more abundant.

Nam Vet

Author : Chuck Dean
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Although the Vietnam War officially ended in 1975, it still rages in the lives of thousands of Veterans and their families. Why do so many veterans suffer from flashbacks, depression, fits of rage, nightmares, emotional numbing, substance abuse, and helplessness? Author and Vietnam Veteran Chuck Dean endured years of agony and has some answers through those trials. In "Nam Vet", Chuck explains what causes these symptoms and gives guidance on to break free from self-destructive behaviors. Let the past be the past at last.

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety

Author : John P. Forsyth
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Is anxiety and fear a problem for you? Have you tried to win the war with your anxious mind and body, only to end up feeling frustrated, powerless, and stuck? If so, you’re not alone. But there is a way forward, a path into genuine happiness, and a way back into living the kind of life you so desperately want. This workbook will help you get started on this new journey today! Now in its second edition, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety offers a new approach to your anxiety, fears, and your life. Within its pages, you’ll find a powerful and tested set of tools and strategies to help you gain freedom from fear, trauma, worry, and all the many manifestations of anxiety and fear. The book offers an empowering approach to help you create the kind of life you so desperately want to live. Based on a revolutionary approach to psychological health and wellness called acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), this fully revised and updated second edition offers compelling new exercises to help you create the conditions for your own genuine happiness and peace of mind. You’ll learn how your mind can trap you, keeping you stuck and struggling in anxiety and fear. You’ll also discover ways to nurture your capacity for acceptance, mindfulness, kindness, and compassion, and use these qualities to weaken the power of anxiety and fear so that you can gain the space do what truly matters to you. Now is the time. Nobody chooses anxiety. And there is no healthy way to “turn off” anxious thoughts and feelings like a light switch. But you can learn to break free from the shackles of anxiety and fear and take back your life. The purpose of this workbook is to help you do just that. Your life is calling on you to make that choice, and the skills in this workbook can help you make it happen. You can live better, more fully, and more richly with or without anxiety and fear. This book will show you the way. -- Recent studies support for the effectiveness of ACT-based self-help workbooks as a low-cost treatment for people experiencing anxiety. (Ritzert, T., Forsyth, J. P., Berghoff, C. R., Boswell, J., & Eifert, G. H. (2016). Evaluating the effectiveness of ACT for anxiety disorders in a self-help context: Outcomes from a randomized wait-list controlled trial. Behavior Therapy, 47, 431-572.)

My Pocket Gratitude

Author : Courtney E. Ackerman
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Practice being grateful everyday with these quick and inspiring exercises to express gratitude for yourself, others, and circumstances in your daily life. Gratitude is a powerful tool that transforms any negative situation by adding a positive perspective and makes otherwise ordinary moments even better by reminding us to savor the experience. You can reap the benefits of gratitude, which include better sleep, less stress, and an overall enhanced sense of well-being just by shifting your attitude towards a more grateful mindset. In My Pocket Gratitude you’ll discover many easy ways to start living with more awareness, appreciation, and joy everyday with simple exercises to do on the go including: -Thank yourself for thinking ahead -Get your body a gift -Express “old” gratitude to a loved one -Make a list of reasons to be proud of past you -Give someone a positive tour -Catalogue your lessons learned These 150 gratitude-infused activities help you cultivate positivity throughout your life and begin to develop habits that lead you to feel more fulfilled on a day-to-day basis. With this book in hand you can easily turn any negative experience into a positive one—and thank yourself in the process!