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the chief-enabler, the one who keeps things ...
the chief-enabler, the one who keeps things functioning;
the scapegoat, the one on whom everything's blamed when it goes wrong, the one who's responsible;
the hero, the example, the pure and righteous one;
the lost child, the one no one really knows or cares about;
the rescuer, the one who saves the day, makes the visit, fixes the problem, makes everything all right again;
the mascot, the cheerleader, the one who offers comic relief, brings down the tension level after a heated discussion.
|2||Burnout and codependence||10|
|3||Personalities and codependence||20|
|4||The church and codependence||29|
|5||Holiness and spirituality||48|
|7||Developing spiritual maturity||68|
|9||Stretching and bridging||98|
|10||Knowing the boundaries||103|
|12||Un-trashing the temple||124|
Posted July 3, 2006
This is a must-read for all persons preparing for ordained ministry and clergy serving congregations. The 'Clergy Disease' (original title of the book) has been infecting congregations and pastors through unhealthy codependency and unreasonable expectations for far too long. As a 'recovering' clergy, I am thankful for Pastor Lehr's honest and helpful assessment of the problem and his insights into the process for healing. I found the brief surveys and checklists for personal assessment of codependent behaviors, spiritual maturity, and boundary maintenance to be particularly helpful. Appendices to the book include study guides for clergy groups and congregation councils or personnel committees.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 13, 2005
A good book for any pastor who wants a more balanced life or a great gift for those who value their pastor's well-being. The author goes through the most prevelent personality types ministers have, explains how these personality characteristics can make them prone to behaviors that lead to poor mental and physical health, and then gives help for recovery in a faith-based manner.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.