Freedom from Hurtful Behaviors

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  • Copyright: 2003-04-01
  • Publisher: Concordia Pub House

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For years, the 12-Step program has been the model to help free people who are trapped by addictive behaviors. While it is not explicitly Christian in content or message, many churches and Christian programs use the 12 Steps as the standard for their counseling. But is there a better guide? In Freedom from Hurtful Behaviors, author Charles T. Knippel, Ph.D. looks not to the 12 Steps, but to God's Word to outline 12 biblical truths that liberate Christians from the persistent, disobedient behaviors that hurt them and those around them. Through this compelling biblical framework, individuals with harmful patterns of behavior learn that the heavenly Father provides the fullness of His blessings in Christ to liberate and empower them to grow in Him through the power of the Holy Spirit. Freedom from Hurtful Behaviors completes the trilogy of titles by Dr. Knippel that also includes The Twelve Steps: The Church's Challenge and Opportunity and When Addictions Threaten: Hope for Those Threatened by Addictions. If you are counseling someone struggling with hurtful behaviors, here is divine guidance and help. Book jacket.

Author Biography

In addition to his 22 years in the Lutheran pastorate and 11 years as Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Charles T. Knippel, Ph.D., has spent nearly 10 years working with alcoholic recovery programs as a chaplain, counselor, and training instructor

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 5
Introductionp. 7
The Variety of Hurtful Behaviorsp. 10
Hurtful Behaviors of the Mind
Hurtful Behaviors of the Body
Hurtful Behaviors Dishonor God and Harm Us and Others
Hurtful Behaviors Enslave
Freedom Is Needed
Liberating Truths for Hurtful Behaviorsp. 15
Bill W.'s Steps to Liberate Alcoholics
The Necessity for Christian Truths
Biblical Truths for Liberation and Renewal
Benefits of Biblical Truths
Assumptions of Biblical Truths for Liberation and Renewalp. 23
Liberating Truths 1-3: Counting on God, Not Ourselvesp. 29
Admission of Powerlessness
Trust in God for Help
Decision for Action
Liberating Truths 4-9: Dealing with Hurtful Behaviorsp. 37
Inventory Preparation
Admission of Hurtful Behaviors
Readiness for Removal of Hurtful Behaviors
Request for Removal of Hurtful Behaviors
Preparation for Making Amends
Making of Amends
Liberating Truths 10-12: Growing and Sharingp. 50
Looking to God for Daily Help
Using God's Help to Grow
Passing On and Living the Message of Liberation
How to Apply the Liberating Truthsp. 57
Conclusionp. 61
Notesp. 63
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