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Christians who suffer from OCD may grapple with additional guilt, as the undesired thoughts are frequently of a spiritual nature. Yet people may be surprised to learn that some of the greatest leaders in Christian history also ...
Christians who suffer from OCD may grapple with additional guilt, as the undesired thoughts are frequently of a spiritual nature. Yet people may be surprised to learn that some of the greatest leaders in Christian history also struggled with this malady. What did they experience? How did they cope? Were they able to overcome these tormenting, often violent, obsessions? Where did God fit into the picture?
Ian Osborn shares the personal accounts of Martin Luther, John Bunyan, and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, as well as his own story, in exploring how faith and science work together to address this complex issue.
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.