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Recovering from Religious Abuse: 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedomby Jack Watts
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Jack Watts confronts one of Christianity’s deepest secrets and shares his own story of religious abuse, revealing the lifelong self-destructive behavior it produced—now in paperback.
Jack Watts’s startling personal story of being victimized by religious abuse—and eventually finding faith and joy on the other side of it—resonated with the many thousands of those who have been disenfranchised or even crushed by institutionalized religion. Disregarded, mostly licking their wounds in private, these walking wounded long to come to terms with the past and heal from the inside out.
This practical step-by-step recovery manual—enhanced with the honest, personal experiences of the author’s own victimization, through his years of alcoholism and alienation, and finally to a deeply satisfying relationship with God—takes readers on a journey of understanding, healing, and recovery. Recovering from Religious Abuse includes daily readings, scripture, prayer, action steps, and personal reflections.
A virtual lifeline for those wounded by the church—physically and emotionally—Recovering from Religious Abuse offers help for victims who want to reconnect with God.
Jack Watts' startling personal story of being victimized by religious abuse and then sinking into alcoholism and self-destructive behaviors will resonate strongly with the many thousands of those who have been disenfranchised or even crushed by institutionalized religion. Recovering from Religious Abuse will help these walking wounded discover how to come to terms with their past as they heal from the inside out.
Jack speaks to his readers as one who has been there, has felt their pain and bitterness, their desire to get even, their belief that they are worthless. But now he shares a new story of one who has finally found spiritual freedom and a deeply satisfying relationship with the God from whom he had once been alienated.
Defining "religious abuse" as the use of spiritual authority to manipulate, harm, or use another person for personal gain, this practical step-by-step recovery manual takes readers on a journey that helps them fully realize the extent of the impact of their religious abuse, and progressively moves them toward healing and recovery. This 91-day plan includes daily readings, prayer, journaling instructions, and scriptures for reflection.
About the Author
As a young boy and a young man, Jack Watts experienced multiple expressions of religious abuse, which led to self-destructive behaviors that nearly ruined his life. But through programs such as AA and the support of loving Christians, he made much progress toward recovery. However, he found that the particular effects of religious abuse needed a program beyond what he had experienced. Thus began his journey to find the spiritual freedom his heart yearned for and the eventual creation of the 11-step program, Recovering from Religious Abuse. Jack has an A.B., from Georgia State University; an M.A., from Baylor University; and has completed everything except for his dissertation for a Ph.D. from Emory University. He has worked for nearly three decades in marketing, exclusively serving Christian ministries and publishers.
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