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Hiding from Love : How to Change the Withdrawal Patterns That Isolate and Imprison You

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When you experience emotional injury, fear, shame, or pride your first impulse is to hide the hurting parts of yourself from God, others, even yourself. Often you've learned these hiding patterns during childhood to protect yourself in a threatening environment. The problem is that when you hide your injuries and frailties, you isolate yourself from the very things you need in order to heal and mature. What served as protection for a child becomes a prison to an adult. In Hiding from Love, Dr. John Townsend helps you to explore thoroughly the hiding patterns you've developed and guides you toward the healing grace and truth that God has built into safe, connected relationships with himself and others. You'll discover: The difference between "good" and "bad" hiding, Why you hide the broken parts of your soul from the God who can heal them, How to be free to make mistakes without fear of exposing your failures and imperfections, How to obtain the joy and wholeness God intends you to have through healthy bonding with others. Hiding from Love will take you on a journey of discovery toward healing, connected relationships, and a new freedom and joy in living.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 134 x 203 x 17mm | 236g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0310201071
  • 9780310201076
  • 82,205

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When you experience emotional injury, fear, shame, or pride your first impulse is to hide the hurting parts of yourself from God, others, even yourself. Often you've learned these hiding patterns during childhood to protect yourself in a threatening environment. The problem is that when you hide your injuries and frailties, you isolate yourself from the very things you need in order to heal and mature. What served as protection for a child becomes a prison to an adult. In Hiding from Love, Dr. John Townsend helps you to explore thoroughly the hiding patterns you've developed and guides you toward the healing grace and truth that God has built into safe, connected relationships with himself and others. You'll discover: The difference between 'good' and 'bad' hiding, Why you hide the broken parts of your soul from the God who can heal them, How to be free to make mistakes without fear of exposing your failures and imperfections, How to obtain the joy and wholeness God intends you to have through healthy bonding with others. Hiding from Love will take you on a journey of discovery toward healing, connected relationships, and a new freedom and joy in living.
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Table of contents

Contents
PART ONE: The Hiding Dilemma
1 Jenny's Story
2 Our Two Biggest Problems
3 "This Wasn't in Plan A"
4 Our Need for Attachment
5 Our Need for Separateness
6 Our Need for Resolving Good and Bad
7 Our Need for Authority and Adulthood
PART TWO: Helpful and Harmful Hiding
8 Helpful Hiding: Dealing with Suffering
9 Helpful Hiding: Preparing for Relationship
10 Harmful Hiding: Six Critical Stages
11 Harmful Hiding: The Results
12 The Cost of Harmful Hiding
PART THREE: Hope for Those in Hiding
13 Hiding from Attachment
14 Hiding from Separateness
15 Hiding from Our Good and Bad Selves
16 Hiding from Authority and Adulthood
17 Coming Out of Hiding
Discussion Guide
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About Dr. John Townsend

Dr. John Townsend is a nationally-known leadership consultant, psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author. John is the founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling, and the Townsend Leadership Program, which is a nationwide system of leadership training groups. He developed the online digital platform TownsendNOW, and the online assessment tool TPRAT. Dr. Townsend travels extensively for corporate consulting, speaking, and helping develop leaders, their teams and their families. He and his wife, Barbi, live in Newport Beach, California, and have two sons, Ricky and Benny. Visit DrTownsend.com.
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