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Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  916 ratings  ·  114 reviews
No more hiding. Shame controls far too many of us. Worthless, inferior, rejected, weak, humiliated, all adds up to wishing we could get away from others and hide. We know what shame feels like. The way out, however, is harder to find. Time doesn't help, neither does confession, because shame is just as often from what others do to you as it is from what you ha ...more
Paperback, 337 pages
Published April 28th 2012 by New Growth Press (first published April 22nd 2012)
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Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shame can be a pervasively body-mind phenomenon if we allow it to go that far into us. It can cripple us emotionally.

The force of stark and shameful, or just plain embarrassingly painful circumstance can PUSH us into a veritable Slough of Despond.

And the 17th century writer John Bunyan said that many of those among us find it hard to escape from that Slough, and its monstrous child, the Valley of the Shadow of Death, once we’ve sunk into its endless marshy gloom.

So what do we do when the Curse
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I don’t review many non-fiction books. Not because I don’t like them or because I don’t read them. It is because they take me so much longer to read and ponder my thoughts before I put them on paper.

Shame Interrupted took me an extra amount of time. I found myself reading a portion and then needing to put the book down and spend some time thinking and absorbing what I had just ingested. My copy of the book is so marked up and filled with sticky notes that I’m going to have to buy other copies t
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: counseling
Great book. It talks about a topic that no one writes about--Shame. There isn't even anything in the theology books about shame, though it is all over the Bible. It also comes up in my counseling all the time and is at the heart of many many problems people have with living. ...more
Becky Pliego
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A walk through the Valley of Shame into the Kingdom of Light.
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like all Ed Welch books, the content is excellent, but the style falls short. He's very repetitive and a little bit too folksy for my taste. But the flip-side of that complaint is that the book is easily accessible to virtually everyone, as a book this important should be.

Particularly helpful to me was his breakdown of the four types of shame.

Shame of what we've done (before God)
Shame of what we've done (before others)
Shame of what's been done to us (before God)
Shame of what's been done to us
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: counseling, seminary
This book is so good. This is my second time reading it, this time for a class. I'm happy to say I appreciated the book more this time. Welch's style has even grown on me after having taken two of his classes. This time, the book helped me recognize that a rather large area of struggle in my life is related to shame and I had not previously made that connection. It is incredibly helpful to identify that as I work & pray for healing in that area. ...more
Rick Davis
An excellent book on the experience of shame and the Christian life. Welch's emphasis is on how the Bible addresses shame of all kinds. A great resource for people who feel shame in their own lives, but also a great resource of pastoral counseling. ...more
Roger Peters
Excellent book on how a believer confronts shame. I'm not exactly sure why I picked this book up, because I don't have what I would call a particular problem with feeling shame. But I am glad. Being called to look at our blessed hope and confronted with a need for constant confession and reliance on Christ is a need for all believers. If you ave a problem, past or present, with shame or don't really think it is a problem, I recommend this as a way to strengthen your focus on Christ and what He h ...more
G.M. Burrow
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-life
I had no idea shame was such a widespread and insidious personal enemy for...almost everybody. Once I read a couple chapters, I realized that it isn’t whether you feel shame. It’s what you feel shame about. Unless you’ve already dealt with it, you’re suffering at least a bit of it. It’s holding you back, clouding your judgment, skewing your perspective, growing bitterness or self-pity, hampering your joy, maybe crippling your life. This book is a great walkthrough of the gospel that sets you fre ...more
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Welch defines, exposes, and remedies the attitudes and scars of shame running through every person's life. I've never considered 'shame' to be a serious issue for the American church to grapple with. The subject seems to me more relevant for Asian and perhaps European cultures, but not something to notice amongst Americans. I was wrong. Welch's definition and counsel make this book among essential readings for today's Christians. ...more
This was such a great book to read. It gives practical examples and encouragement to look at how to face shame and to walk thought shame and make sure it doesn't rule your life.

I would highly recommend this book.
Megaan Cianci
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everyone, every Christian, no matter what you have or haven't been through, needs to read this and will benefit from it. ...more
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: how-people-work
Great book, lots of good quotes and lots to think about. It was just way too slow for the first third, a lot of repeated and obvious sentences. It only ventured into new and interesting territory around 40% of the way through. He has some good insights but his writing style is boring, not in a dry way but in an overly simplistic way.

Still, if you’ve never encountered some of these concepts before, this book could be eye opening for you. It was helpful for me.
Dave Jenkins
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shame and guilt controlled much of my life from my teenage years up until my late twenties. Even today, I still struggle some with shame and feelings of guilt. Shame controls many people with feelings of worthlessness, inferiority, rejection, weakness, and failure. It causes people to run away and hide rather than to come out into the Light of Jesus Christ. Understanding how Jesus took our shame and guilt through the Cross and rose again to new life is vital to overcoming feelings of shame and g ...more
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had read this book years ago. Such a wonderful resource for those identifying shame in their lives and overcoming it through accepting and receiving the Gospel message.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Feel trapped by your life's circumstances?

Wished you had a perfect white picket fence life?

Truth is that many people don't have those perfect lives and reading the bible, we see that following and having faith in God, isn't about having a perfect life, but instead, we see both in the Old and New Testament, a reminder of how imperfect and broken people we all are, with stories that some of us may never be aware of, and yet, what God shows, is that He doesn't look for perfection and instead shows
William Smith
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the great contrasts between pre-fall man and post-fall man is the presence of shame. Before the fall we are told in Genesis that the man and the woman were naked and not ashamed. After the fall they realize they are naked and they try to hide themselves. The curse of sin is experienced in our relationships in the form of shame that seeks to hide from God and others and seeks to protect itself from all invaders. We can’t let people know us. If they know us they will not like us and will re ...more
Jessie Ang
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Gospel told in light of shame. Welch writes about the differences between shame before others and shame before God, and reveals who God is in how He treats those who were shamed throughout the Bible. He shows the gravity of what Christ did on the cross for us in taking on our shame, and how shame from others has no more hold on us because of that event - the event on which the whole of history turns. Then he goes on to explain how we can live boldly for God and even willingly taking on shame ...more
Jason Kanz
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A few days ago, I expressed my consternation at people who capriciously assign five star ratings to mediocre books. Upon finishing Shame Interrupted by Ed Welch, I initially felt a little ashamed at wanting to assign it a five, but I really think everyone should read this book. Welch tackles the issue of shame, which is pervasive in the world and in the church. Welch walks the reader through the origins of shame and a gospel response. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
Welch does what he does best. He zeroes in on the root of the problem, shows us the far-reaching effects of sin in our lives, and then shows us how the Gospel has the power to break the bonds of sin in our lives. As always, excellent work.

Rating: 4.0 Stars (Very Good).
Kris Lundgaard
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Good and useful--especially chapter 26 (for me).
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I have just finished this book which was tedious to get through. I believe everyone who calls himself or herself a Christian ought to read this book as it is so prevalent in our culture today and also because it helps solidify in your mind what identity in Christ really means. There is way too much “meat” in this book for me to take it apart properly and give it a detailed review. I believe this is Welch’s best book, and I sensed some humility in him that I did not pick up on in other books.

Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!!
5 Stars.

Shame Interrupted is a must read for anyone and everyone. I have never read a book that has dealt with such an extremely delicate topic with more love and appreciation than Edward T. Welch. This book is overflowing with hope, zero judgement, and the promises that a life of freedom is tangible and within our reach. Welch, however, does not pull his punches when dealing with shame, which is exceedingly important (and something for which I am very grateful). He says that shame is something
Amy Kannel
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really, really appreciate Ed Welch. Shame is a far more prevalent struggle than most of us realize (that seems to be a theme with Welch--he takes a topic that you think might not be your problem, and shows you how universal a struggle it really is; see When People Are Big and God is Small for one prominent example). And his tone in writing about it hits all the right notes: gentle and empathetic, firm and no-nonsense, an encouraging balm yet strong and challenging.

The book would definitely be
Ruth Turner
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Do you want to be free of shame forever? Do you want to come face to face with the only One who can take it away? Read this book, and it will not only pour God’s truth into your mind, but also clean out all the lies that have been told to you about who you are. Along the way you cannot help but know the love of a Savior who bestows overwhelming grace and glory and joy.

Shame comes from something you have done or something someone has done to you. This book journeys through stories in the Old and
James Wright
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A thorough, patient, pastoral, biblical treatment of shame. It is slow-going in the beginning and don't be surprised if you need time to pause, ponder, and discuss. Each chapter ends with discussion questions, many of which are helpful recaps of the material as well as an encouragement to take what you are reading and apply it to yourself.

Identify shame, hear God's words and believe them, take a journey past death into eternity itself until your soul is full and you are confident that joy has th
Michael Eckhardt
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exceptionally solid book on shame.

Welch is a counselor with both an M.Div and PhD, and so he brings to the table the best of counseling insights and biblical truth. Really a great synthesis. He's very steady and methodical as a writer, and the chapters are pretty short, so I often felt like I was sitting down to a short, very helpful counseling session.

Shame's a crippling thing, and all of us experience it more than we'd like to admit. This book doesn't pull punches, doesn't offer cheap pallia
Kim Kandel
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shame Can Be Interrupted

I had a heavy heart at the beginning of this book, but I am so thankful I kept reading! Ed Welch does a masterful job at explaining what shame is, how it is more that what we do, and howGod goes about caring for our shame throughout the Old Testament and ultimately has victory over our shame in the New Testament. The heaviness in my heart was lifted from me as I came to grips with my own shame, that has been cared for by Jesus and can only be fully cared for by Jesus.
Troy Nevitt
Mar 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ed Welch points to one of the most painful epidemics of this age: Shame.
Guilt, shame, and powerlessness are all sore spots for people, but shame is a self-oppressive hurt. It gnaws at a person's soul and makes them believe they are unworthy, unloved, and unimportant.
Welch reminds his readers that shame can be good, but far more often than not, the shame people place on themselves is more detrimental to their lives and the lives of others. Good shame is important, but when people shame themselves
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed contemplating the topic of shame and how to respond to it. It certainly played a major role in my early days. What I felt the book was missing, however, was in addressing the dynamic of shaming, and especially how the church has failed in this regard. While it is very important to know how to deal with one's own sense of shame, or having been shamed, I think it is equally vital to stop the shame culture that has been way-too-prevalent in the church. ...more
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Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He has counseled for thirty years and is the best-selling author of many books including When People Are Big and God Is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Blame It on the Brain?; Depression: A Stubborn Darkness; Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away fro ...more

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“Jesus entered the temple area and revealed that he was the perfect and final priest; even more, he was the entire temple. All the temple symbols suddenly came to life. He was the wash basin, the Water of Life. He was the bread of the Presence, the Bread of Life. He was the candlesticks, the Light of the World. He was the perfect priest, the Great High Priest who would offer the sacrifice, and he was the sacrifice itself, “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). Everything in the Old Testament temple was gathered together and fulfilled in Jesus.” 6 likes
“Don’t let religious-sounding reluctance fool you. When you plead “unworthy” and refuse to be served by God, you place your judgment about yourself above God’s. You say you would prefer to go it alone, and you imply that your unworthiness goes beyond the scope of God’s mercy and grace. You must think that God cleanses you only from ordinary sins, not from the spectacular ones.” 6 likes
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