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The Emotionally Destructive Relationship: Seeing It, Stopping It, Surviving It
     

The Emotionally Destructive Relationship: Seeing It, Stopping It, Surviving It

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by Leslie Vernick
 

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Leslie Vernick, counselor and social worker, has witnessed the devastating effects of emotional abuse. Many, including many in the church, have not addressed this form of destruction in families and relationships because it is difficult to talk about. With godly guidance and practical experience, Vernick offers an empathetic approach to recognizing an emotionally

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Leslie Vernick, counselor and social worker, has witnessed the devastating effects of emotional abuse. Many, including many in the church, have not addressed this form of destruction in families and relationships because it is difficult to talk about. With godly guidance and practical experience, Vernick offers an empathetic approach to recognizing an emotionally destructive relationship and addresses the symptoms and the damage with biblical tools. Readers will understand how to:

  • Reveal behaviors that are meant to control, punish, and hurt
  • Confront and speak truth when the timing is right
  • Determine when to keep trying, when to get out
  • Get safe and stay safe
  • Build an identity in Christ

This practical and thorough resource will help countless individuals, families, and churches view abuse from God's perspective and understand how vital it is for victims to embrace His freedom from the physical, emotional, spiritual, and generational effects of emotionally destructive relationships.

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“Leslie Vernick powerfully communicates essential truths for anyone even questioning whether they are the victim of abuse. This book is a must–read—not only will it educate the reader to take the necessary steps to freedom, but it will also prevent future destructive relationships. Thank you, Leslie, for having the courage to write this much needed book!”
Michelle Borquez, author of God Crazy and host of I–Life Television’s Shine

The Emotionally Destructive Relationship provides a critical first step down the path of healing and growth for those who find themselves stuck in abusive relationships...with no idea how they got there and no idea how to get out. Those who suffer in these relationships and those who want to help them will find a humble fellow–traveler in Leslie. As always, Leslie meets the sufferer and the sinner with compassion, truth, concrete direction, and lots of hope. I look forward to using this book with my counselees”
Winston Smith, MDiv, director of counseling services and faculty member at Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation

“Emotional abuse is often overlooked, but it is toxic to spirit, mind and brain chemistry. The church rarely tackles it even though the Bible significantly covers it. Leslie wonderfully and practically addresses this tough topic that cripples the body of Christ and our witness to the world.

"The Emotionally Destructive Relationship will be a catalyst to help you see your own story as abuser and victim—and a catalyst to help you let the Holy Spirit empower you to renew your mind and transform relational skills so you will be a lighthouse of hope, shining God’s glory for all to know His love and grace.”
Karl Benzio, MD, psychiatrist; founder and executive director of Lighthouse Network

“Periodically books come along that fill a significant need in the world of Christian counseling. This is one of those books. Leslie Vernick’s new work helps persons caught up in harmful relationships gain perspective on what has gone wrong and what needs to be made right.

The Emotionally Destructive Relationship avoids confusing psychological lingo and places the emphasis where it belongs, on the heart of men and women who must seek Christ in order to make changes in themselves in order to make changes in their relationships. Readers will first find themselves in these pages as a victim of harmful or abusive relationships; as enablers of harmful relationships; and perpetrators of harmful relationships.

“Vernick’s treatment of each situation is evenhanded, tull of clinical insight, practical and concrete, and most important, biblical. Readers will walk away with a plan of action on how to change themselves and how to change the patterns of their relationship. I intend to use this book both for the persons I counsel and the graduate students learning how to counsel others.”
Jeffery Black, PhD, associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia, licensed psychologist, chair and professor of the masters in Christian counseling at Philadelphia Biblical University

“Here is a book I deeply wish didn’t need to be written, but also one I am so grateful Leslie Vernick has had the courage to write. You will be moved by her compassion, be appreciative of her candor, and be helped by her professional skills honed in the trenches of real life.”
Gene Appel, lead pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

“Often the Christian community negates or minimizes the destructive nature of emotional abuse, which destroys the spirit of an individual and leaves invisible wounds that scar the soul. The Emotionally Destructive Relationship connects emotional abuse to its spiritual roots and provides practical tools to help victims heal. The biblical solution is found in the condition of heart, the renewing of the mind, and the refocusing on one’s relationship with the Lord.

“This book challenges readers to take a united stand against emotional abuse...the cancer that is destroying our families. Our ministry will utilize this book as a valuable tool to train pastors and support group leaders, and in ministering to families in crisis.”
Brenda Branson and Paula Silva, FOCUS Ministries, Inc., authors of Violence Among Us: Ministry to Families in Crisis

“If you have been wounded or trapped in a destructive relationship, you are not alone. Your life story isn’t over. These are the life–transforming themes of hope that Leslie affirms as she shares her healing journey, encouraging others to discover what’s wrong in their relationship and find a biblical understanding of God’s solution. As you apply what you read, you will learn how to let go of destructive ways and will heal and grow to become healthier and changed by God’s loving grace. A must–read for everyone longing for assurance of God’s love.”
Dr. Catherine Hart Weber, coauthor of Secrets of Eve and Unveiling Depression in Women; adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary

“If you came from an emotionally healthy family, are contentedly single or happily married, and have good relationships with every one you know, consider yourself very fortunate! Reality for the rest of the world often involves difficult, painful, and even destructive relationships. Leslie Vernick addresses some of the toughest situations women (and men) face in her book, The Emotionally Destructive Relationship. Written from a biblical rather than psychological perspective, the book gives principles of healthy relationships based on Scripture. If you resonate with what this book covers, I would encourage you to read it for your own understanding and direction. If you are a ministry leader or ‘people–helper,’ please make an effort to get this book. It will give you vital knowledge and skills for being a channel of Christ’s love and wisdom to others.”
Poppy Smith, international speaker and author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736918978
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
Publication date:
08/15/2007
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
192,622
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Vernick, a licensed clinical social worker with a private counseling practice, has authored numerous books, including The Emotionally Destructive Relationship and Lord, I Just Want to Be Happy. She completed postgraduate work in biblical counseling and cognitive therapy. Leslie and her husband, Howard, have been married more than 30 years and have two grown children.

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The Emotionally Destructive Relationship: Seeing It, Stopping It, Surviving It 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book not only describes the emotionally destructive relationship, but it also tells you what the Bible says about it and how to live a better life in or out of it. I am happy to finally read a book that is spiritually uplifting and positive about God's love and care about what we experience. This book speaks about destructive relationships while encouraging faith in God and erasing doubt that life can be better. Very good book and highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Leslie's most recent book is perhaps her one of her most important. 'And I've grown from each one!' Here is a practical, easy to read and understand, yet deeply biblical approach to knowing whether your relationships have crossed the line from being human--where we all hurt one another at some time or another and need to apologize and/or forgive--into being abusive. Many don't understand they are in an abusive relationship and therefore continue to be abused, feeling to blame. Leslie gives hope: 'growth, healing, and restoration are possible, no matter how much hurt we've experienced.' Then she gives our best example to follow--the life of Christ, who modeled good communication and boundaries. I love her scriptural explanation of 'Why Stand Up?' to an abuser in our lives and 'What is Genuine Repentance?' with, once again, Jesus' model of 'stepping back.' Having survived and thrived myself, I can say from experience, the 'Surviving It' section will be helpful to anyone. This insightful book only confirmed much of what I've lived through, had to live out, and continue to stand firm in--the truth of what is mine to 'own' and what is not. I will be recommending this book far and wide and reading portions of it when I speak to audiences!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You could call it coincidental or providential, but a sewage backup in the author¿s office just as she was writing this book provided a helpful word picture of destructive relationships. Like the brown, stinky muck of sewage, destructive relationships foul what could be a healthy life outlook. If you¿re struggling with relationship problems, but wonder if they¿re bad enough for intervention, Leslie¿s book will help you evaluate your need of professional help as well as positive steps you can take on your own for emotional health. Her relationship evaluation quiz on pages 40-45 may help you see your own blind spots about how others are negatively affecting your perception of yourself and your ability to cope and even thrive in life. As a Christian counselor, she brings that solid perspective to her writing. The ending chapter of the book, ¿A Special Word to People Helpers,¿ offers caution for those who might try to deal with problems that really require professional intervention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice character developement for Sebastian!
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HalesiteBee More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. Eye opening, well written, and thought provoking. It has been a blessing and a healing tool used by God in my life. A keeper for anyone who seeks recovery and growth. And Healing!!! Thank God for Leslie!
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Mrs. Vernick has given clarity and practical guidelines to a subject which has been very misunderstood.  Kudos to her for creating an excellent source for both counselors and laypeople. 
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This book was a true inspiration to me. It really addressed everything that is unhealthy to a person or family, and the only way to overcome it and survive is to turn to God, and let his will be yours. Most important is everyone is Gods Child and loved by him unconditionally. We need to me reminded of this sometimes through great challenges.