There are two kinds of shame. Legitimate shame is a tool in the hands of a forgiving God; we feel it when we recognize our sin and turn to Him. False shame, on the other hand, is a tool in the hands of the enemy; Satan uses it to convince believers that they are not worthy of God's love and acceptance, and to turn them away from fellowship with Him. In From Shame to Beauty, readers will discover how to arm themselves against false shame and live confidently in the knowledge of God's love. This interactive study, ideal for individuals or small groups, guides readers through a process of healing from false shame that has plagued their lives and relationships. From Shame to Beauty features eight topical studies. Topics include "Characteristics of Shame," "Cause of Shame," "Contagion of Shame," "Cure for Shame," and more. Each week's study examines how false shame threatens the lives of believers, digs into Scripture to find out what God's Word has to say about it, offers readers the opportunity to reflect on their own struggle with shame, and suggests practical action steps to help readers apply what they have learned.
About the Author
MARIE POWERS has been a diligent student of the Bible since she became a Christian as a young married woman. She has taught courses on shame at a local community college and several churches. She serves as director of premarital counseling and lay counseling at her home church. She and her husband, Jim, live in Mill Creek, Washington, and are the parents of four adult children.
Table of Contents
How to Start and Lead a Small Group 13
1 Contributors to Shame 15
2 Characteristics of Shame 23
3 Cause and Covers for Shame 31
4 Contagion of Shame (Part One) 43
5 Contagion of Shame (Part Two) 51
6 Cure for Shame (Part One) 57
7 Cure for Shame (Part Two) 67
8 Cure for Shame (Part Three) 75
From Shame to Beauty Leader's Guide 81