Self-Care: A Theology of Personal Empowerment and Spiritual Healing

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Life is not user-friendly, we all need some instructions along the way. But Self-Care is not just another self-help book. This is a book about the self, first of all, and then how that self, endowed by God with a divine image, can experience self-worth, emotional health, and a strong and vital faith in the face of life's inevitable and irrational pain and suffering. Self-Care goes beyond recovery from abuse and dysfunction. It is the realization of God's gift of personal empowerment and spiritual healing. The ...

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Overview

Life is not user-friendly, we all need some instructions along the way. But Self-Care is not just another self-help book. This is a book about the self, first of all, and then how that self, endowed by God with a divine image, can experience self-worth, emotional health, and a strong and vital faith in the face of life's inevitable and irrational pain and suffering. Self-Care goes beyond recovery from abuse and dysfunction. It is the realization of God's gift of personal empowerment and spiritual healing. The most difficult textbook is life itself, one that none of us can avoid reading and interpreting. This book will serve as a guide to interpret the text of life given to each of us and lead to more effective and creative living.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801057434
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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Ray Anderson, (1925-2009) was Senior Professor of Theology and Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary and served on the faculty of the School of Theology since 1976. He has published over twenty books, including, Spiritual Caregiving as Secular Sacrament, The Soul of Ministry, Self Care, Living the Spiritually Balanced Life, and Dancing with Wolves While Feeding the Sheep: The Musings of a Maverick Theologian.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Part 1 Becoming an Empowered Self

1 The Growth of the Self: A Developmental Process 13

2 The Social Self: A Relational Model 34

3 The Subjective Self: A Theology of Emotion 54

4 The Responsible Self: The Wisdom of the Heart 79

5 The Worth of the Self: Positive Self-Esteem 95

Part 2 Healing the Wounded Self

6 Abuse: Why People Who Hate Themselves Often Hurt Others 121

7 Shame: Letting Go of Emotional Self-Abuse 144

8 Betrayal: An Irreparable Tear in the Fabric of Friendship 166

9 Tragedy: An Invisible Tear in the Eye of God 184

10 Grief: From Mourning's Night to Morning's Light 204

11 From Overcoming to Becoming: Living on the Growing Edge 223

Afterword 238

Notes 241

Bibliography 257

Index 26

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