At a time when many families struggle with issues like drug addiction, verbal abuse, and other problems, some Christians find little comfort or help from their faith or the church. Many seek help from various recovery programs.
Yet David Thompson believes that Christian discipleship is the best form of recovery for hurting families. With the New Testament book of Ephesians as scaffolding, he builds the case that emotional wholeness is the best pursued in the context of Christian discipleship.
In language both incisive and poignant, Thompson candidly offers his own family's experience as a example of God's healing, then offers solid, biblical principles that any family can use to find forgiveness, reconciliation, healing, and recovery. The inevitable conclusion is that "the Good News in Jesus is fundamentally not about our helping ourselves but about being thoroughly transformed by the Spirit of the Living God."
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- Includes notes and works cited
- Provides Christian discipleship for healing and encouragement
- Part 1: Case Study in Delusion
- Chapter 1: One Family's Journey Out of Darkness
- Part 2: Resources for the Journey
- Chapter 2: Holy Love and Human Destiny
- Chapter 3: Holy Love and Real Life
- Chapter 4: The Human Connection and Its Problem
- Chapter 5: Hope for the Human Connection
- Part 3: The Discipleship-Recovery Journey
- Chapter 6: From Delusion to Disclosure
- Chapter 7: From Destruction to Dynamic
- Chapter 8: From Parasite to Partner
- Chapter 9: From Toxic Talk to Constructive Communication
- Chapter 10: From Rage to Reconciliation
- Chapter 11: From Abandoned Waif to Well-Loved Child
- Chapter 12: Questions and Reflections
- Title: God's Healing for Hurting Families: Biblical Principles for Reconciliation and Recovery
- Authors: David L. Thompson and Gina Thompson Eickoff
- Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House
- Publication Date: 2004
- Pages: 224
About the Authors
David L. Thompson, PhD, is FM and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. He holds degrees from Indiana Wesleyan University, Asbury Theological Seminary, and The Johns Hopkins University. He and his wife, Edith, are the parents of three grown children.
Gina Thompson Eickoff is a graduate of Asbury College. She has taught fourth grade and worked as a collaborating assistant in public schools, teaching English to international and transnational students. She and her husband, Kyle, live in Kingport, Tennessee.