Spiritual Abuse Info & Help

Spiritual abuse occurs when someone in a position of authority (parent, priest, friend, family member or an entire church) misuses their authority placing themselves over others to control, coerce or manipulate them for seemingly Godly purposes which are really their own. This abuse can be physical, emotional and/or sexual in nature. Guilt, fear and intimidation is used to subdue and manipulate.

You will find resources on the Christians in Recovery Web site as follows:
Where to Start Recovery

Recovery Frequently Asked Questions

To find help and meetings locally:
International Directory of Christian Recovery Ministries, Groups & Organizations

Software for Recovery

Read everything you can get your hands on regarding recovery. You can browse the books below at:

We suggest these books for recovery from spiritual abuse:

Biblical Counseling

Biblical counselors have been trained to utilize the Bible in a counseling context by applying practical and hopeful biblical principles to real life situations and problems. Christians who find they are struggling with various problems need an understanding of the awesome resources available in biblical solutions that offer real hope and practical help.

Communication and Conflict Resolution

Within these pages you will find biblical ways to resolve conflict and communicate effectively.

Healing Spiritual Abuse : How to Break Free from Bad Church Experiences
By: Ken Blue

The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse
By: David Johnson, Jeff VanVonderen

Toxic Churches: Restoration from Spiritual Abuse
By: Marc Dupont

Healing Spiritual Abuse & Religious Addiction
By: Dennis Linn

Toxic Faith: Experiencing Healing Over Painful Spiritual Abuse
by Stephen Arterburn, Jack Felton

Tired of Trying to Measure Up: Getting Free from the Demands, Expectations, and Intimidation of Well-Meaning Christians
by Jeffrey Vanvonderen

The Search for Significance: Getting a Glimpse of Your True Worth Through God’s Eyes
by: Robert S. McGee

The following Bibles are written specifically for people who are in recovery from addictions, abuse and dysfunctional living:

Life Recovery Bible

Published by Tyndale House Publishers.This Bible is specially annotated for
recovering Christians and is a wonderful source of support and healing.

Serenity: A Companion for Twelve-Step Recovery

New King James Version- New Testament Psalms & Proverbs),
by Dr. Robert Hemfelt and Dr. Richard Fowler,

Recovery Devotional Bible

(complete Bible-NIV version)
Includes 365 meditations and extensive notes

My Spiritual Journey – A Devotional Journal

This book paves the way to reconciliation, forgiveness, and wholeness by integrating the most important recovery tools into one interactive, self-help journal.

New Freedom Bible

To find help locally:
Directory of Christian Recovery Ministries & Organizations

Organizations that can help you find a Christian Counselor:
American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC)
9504-A Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031-2303
A list of over 3,200 individual members of AAPC is available from the Association Office. The Association office will be happy to refer you to a certified pastoral counselor near you.

National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC)
3600 W. 96th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46268-2905
Phone: (317) 337-9100
Fax: (317) 337-9199
E-Mail: info@nanc.org

Professional Assoc. of Canadian Christian Counselors
112-1671 Plessis Road
Winnipeg, MB R3W 1M1

International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC)
11500 Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80020
Telephone: 303-469-IABC
Fax: 303-469-1787

National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA)
3650 17th Street
Sarasota, FL 34235
(941) 951-6177

American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
2421 W. Pratt #1398
Chicago, IL 60645

Association of Christian Therapists (ACT)
14440 Cherry Lane Court #215
Laurel, MD 10707

Christian Association for Psycholgical Studies (CAPS)
PO Box 310400
New Braunfels, TX 78131-0400

This is not an endorsement or recommendation of any organization or group. Listings are provided as a courtesy, not as an obligation. It is up to the reader to determine whether these organizations suits his or her purposes, interests and beliefs.

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