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Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse

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This book is a well-researched, biblically, and scientifically based overview of the various types of abuse, the effects, and the means of healing.
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Published May 26th 2009 by Zondervan (first published April 12th 2005)
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Chrystal Stewart
If you've ever wondered, "what's wrong with me?" or "why do I think or do certain things?" THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!! Reading this book gave me such a relief on the way that I thought as a Christian, and the reasons why I still struggled with those thoughts in my walk with God. I no longer felt condemned!! I was NOT insane, I was abused! And because of that, I was broken. But the best part of the book is learning about myself and learning how to have a genuine relationship with God, even in that ...more
May 14, 2013 Sheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-shelf-shelf
This is thee single best book I have read on the subject of abuse. I personally think that every pastor and every elder of every church ought to be required to read this book.
Christian perspective backed up with research on the forms of abuse, the effects and the healing of.
Great chapter on forgiveness. Great piece on grappling with God in the tough stuff of life.
First read it on my e-reader, then ordered paperback and had it spiral bound as this will be a life-long valued resource as I desire t
C.H. Cobb
Jun 18, 2015 C.H. Cobb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steven R. Tracy has made an excellent contribution to the growing collection of biblical counseling literature possessed by the Church. He writes with three assets that serve him well: a broad knowledge of psychological studies of abusers and their victims, a deep well of experience in counseling victims of abuse and molestation, and a rich foundation of training in handling the Scriptures accurately.

The book is divided into three parts: the nature of abuse, the effects of abuse, and the healin
Aug 26, 2015 Meredith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so good! The corresponding workbook is extremely helpful as well. This is very conversational which makes it both easy and hard to read. Have you ever wondered "what is wrong with me?" Why do I view things through the lens of shame or isolation?" This book helps you see that those are lasting effects of abuse. Though this book is written for survivors of sexual abuse, it touches areas of every kind of abuse. The healing path helps so much in rebuilding a correct view of God and forg ...more
Lacey Michael
Feb 12, 2016 Lacey Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frankly, what a relief to read this excellent book. Steven Tracy pulls no punches in revealing how widespread abuse is in our world and in our churches. He builds the most comprehensive case against abuse using many, many biblical passages as well as secular science. Honestly, I can't stress enough how refreshing it was to read.

This book is also full of hope. Hope for healing. Hope for starting over. Hope for forgiveness and growth.

I feel like this is a must read for all pastors, caretakers and
Andy Kline
Dec 26, 2010 Andy Kline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about more than abuse, it is about healing and knowing God. I'll read this one again. The author's thoughts on wresting with God were a blessing.
Feb 28, 2015 Kent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mending the Soul is of tremendous importance in the learning curve of my experience with PTSD. Having some knowledge of the available literature on the subject of trauma and abuse, I appreciate Steven Tracy's ability to make the complicated easy to understand.

I plan to read this work several more times and then once a year following.
Jul 06, 2014 Josette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Someone gave me this book years ago and I wanted to read it for personal and professional development reasons, as well as the fact that it was written by my former youth pastor! I think it is an excellent resource on the prevalence, dynamics and treatment of abuse written from a Christian perspective. It should be required reading for all pastors. Dr. Tracy (or Pastor Steve, as I remember him) does well in addressing many of the misconceptions and blind spots about abuse that unfortunately exist ...more
Feb 12, 2015 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for every Christian -- abuse is rampant, and we need to know God's perspective on it. All too often, the well-intentioned but uninformed Christian responses given to victims are damaging and, ultimately, unBiblical. While there are additional aspects that I wish the book touched on (like the Cycle of Abuse and psychological consequences, as concerns restoration), it's still the most complete and Biblically balanced view that I've read. I especially admired the thoroughness of the res ...more
Apr 16, 2014 Janelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Abuse victims and church leaders
I wish I could install this book on the bookshelf of every church and para-church organisation. Mending the Soul is not just strongly grounded in Biblical truth, it's a clarion call to churches to take seriously the prevention of abuse and the support of victims.

If you are a Pastor or church leader considering how you can support victims with more care and understanding... read this book.

If you are a victim of abuse and are struggling to find hope and healing... read this book.

And if you are a c
Jun 16, 2012 A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was extremely helpful for me in my journey to accept and move past the abuse I experienced growing up. It gives a detailed outline of the differennt types of abuse, what they are, and what symptoms an abuse victim may have because of the abuse. This book helped me remember a lot of things my mind had hid from me. It also helped me realize abusive things that had happened to me that I didn't even know was abuse. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is dealing with abuse, or anyone ...more
Rose Anderson
Mar 10, 2016 Rose Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very helpful book!
Lauren Clark
Jan 29, 2014 Lauren Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing, heart wrenching, informational, eye opening book! I recommend it to everyone! It was, however, hard to read because of the content, but it was worth it!
Sep 05, 2012 Creation rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decided pro Christian in its premises. Does a great job at merging the scientific research on abuse patterns of behavior and how those are reflected in spiritual principals. Has a workbook if you are interested but it is rather pricy and I think much of the same function can be accomplished through keeping a journal or discussing the book with a friend or confidant.
Jul 28, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommend this book if you have been abused, are close with anyone who has been, are a pastor or leader, or have a heart to help victims. By far the best book Ive read on abuse and its effects, as well as clear biblical steps to complete healing. There is also a companion workbook that goes deeper into the emotional side for deeper healing.
Caroline Abbott
Sep 09, 2014 Caroline Abbott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tackles healing abuse from a counselor's point of view. The author does a very thorough job. Even though he is a professional, the book is very readable, and very helpful. Great job!
Jul 31, 2014 Tia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book I have ever read on the subject of abuse. Should be required reading for those in the "caring" professions.
Jul 10, 2014 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I picked up this book for research for the novel I'm writing. What I got out of this book, was so much more!
Apr 22, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Covers all forms of abuse and how it affects our lives.
Genna Smith
Jul 17, 2010 Genna Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very informational.
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