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"This extremely lucid and well-written book provides clear and profoundly useful evidence for the role of faith, hope, and love in the effective treatment of a major neuropsychiatric affliction, obsessive-compulsive disorder. With extraordinary skill, Ian Osborn teaches us how God's grace, Christ's sacrifice, and the work of Holy Spirit hold the key to overcoming this serious but potentially uplifting medical condition."—Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, research psychiatrist, UCLA, and author of Brain Lock: Free Yourself...
"This extremely lucid and well-written book provides clear and profoundly useful evidence for the role of faith, hope, and love in the effective treatment of a major neuropsychiatric affliction, obsessive-compulsive disorder. With extraordinary skill, Ian Osborn teaches us how God's grace, Christ's sacrifice, and the work of Holy Spirit hold the key to overcoming this serious but potentially uplifting medical condition."—Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, research psychiatrist, UCLA, and author of Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior
"This important new book by OCD expert Dr. Ian Osborn provides much-needed information, historical perspective, and hope for Christians suffering the terrible burden of blasphemous obsessions or religious scrupulosity, as well as for the mental health professionals who treat them."—Lee Baer, PhD, clinical professor of psychology, Harvard Medical School
"Cognitive-behavioral therapy and medication helped in my struggle against OCD, but as I look back I can see that releasing the OCD part of my life to God is what has given me the most relief. Luther, Bunyan, and Thérèse discovered this centuries ago, and Dr. Osborn has very clearly put into words their spiritual solutions. When I'm tempted to wrest control of OCD away from God, I will turn again and again to Dr. Osborn's book and the examples of these Christian heroes."—Cherry Pedrick, RN, coauthor of The OCD Workbook and Loving Someone with OCD
"It is a rare pleasure to read a book by a Christian psychiatrist that not only reveals an in-depth understanding of both the pharmacology and psychology of a mental disorder, but also describes how a sufferer's Christian faith may be enlisted as an ally in the course of treatment. Dr. Osborn's book does all that—and more. If you're like me, reading these stories, and the stories of Dr. Osborn and his patients, will stimulate not only new ideas about treating OCD but also a search for a simpler, deeper faith."—Michael R. Lowry, MD, clinical associate professor and associate chair, department of psychiatry medical director, University Neuropsychiatric Institute
Prologue: My Search
2. Renaissance Anxieties
3. Martin Luther: A Monk Crucified by His Thoughts
4. John Bunyan: The Pilgrim's Fears of Hellfire
5. Saint Thérèse: The Obsessions of the Little Flower
6. What Causes Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
7. Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
8. Transferring Responsibility to God: The Cure of Luther, Bunyan, and Thérèse
9. A Therapy of Trust: Practical Use
Epilogue: How Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Saved Christianity
A. DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
B. The Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale
Posted December 13, 2011
This is by far one of the best books I've read on OCD--and I've read many. I like how the author introduces the subject and goes into enough of the science throughout the book so you know it's well-researched, but he spends the majority of time on looking at the lives of 3 historical Christians--leaders of the faith--who suffered doubts, obsessions, and compulsions. I think the Trust Therapy the author offers is wonderful and would be a useful adjunct to professional CBT and/or medication.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 25, 2009
I've had ocd all my life. I've read Ian Osborn's other book (Tormenting Thoughts-the Hidden Epidemic of OCD) and feel somewhat of a kinship to the author as he responded to one of my post's on an OCD site, and is a person of faith.
I do greatly recommend the book, "Can Christianity cure OCD" by Ian Osborn. It was very interesting and I loved the historical aspect.
I read "Grace Abounding" by John Bunyan (A book mentioned by the author) 25 years ago when the Lord pointed it out to me thru a foot note in the publication by William James, "Varities of Religious Experiences." So John Bunyan has been my 25 year companion in this OCD nightmare even though he lived in the 1600's. I understand, at least, how John Bunyon and Luther over came their fear of damnation by trusting in the Lord's sacrifice at Calvary. If the Lord paid for all their sins at Calvary, the fear of damnation would be gone. In Hebrews 10 it states this truth. The one confusing thing was that the author (Osborn) didn't mention the Cross. He mentions God many times and Jesus once with reference to John Bunyon, but not the Cross. I highly recommend this book. I believe the Lord is the only way of deliverance from OCD. I have only looked to the Lord.