Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse

by Gregory L. Jantz, Ann McMurray. Revell Books, 2009.
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Understanding emotional abuse in its many forms and healing from it is a long process, but recovery is possible. So says author and mental health professional Gregory Jantz in this work that gives readers clarity about emotional abuse and paths to healing. The first part of the work defines emotional abuse, noting its hiddenness and its danger. Part two addresses manifestations of emotional abuse and discusses “spiritual abuse,” identifying abusive spiritual leaders and explaining how the “Bible is used as bludgeon.” Part three delves deeper into how emotional abuse affects victims, such as effects on physical health and damaging one’s ability to create relationships. Part four moves readers into a process of healing from emotional abuse that begins with acknowledging the reality of the abuse. The subject matter and the honest and hopeful approach make this text appropriate for clergy, judicatory leaders, lay-leaders, and counselors from a variety of religious traditions.