Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection

Shame Interrupted How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection No hiding Shame controls far too many of us Worthless inferior rejected weak humiliated failure all adds up to wishing we could get away from others and hide We know what shame feels like The way

  • Title: Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection
  • Author: Edward T. Welch
  • ISBN: 9781935273981
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Paperback
  • No hiding Shame controls far too many of us Worthless, inferior, rejected, weak, humiliated, failure all adds up to wishing we could get away from others and hide We know what shame feels like The way out, however, is harder to find Time doesn t help, neither does confession, because shame is just as often from what others do to you as it is from what you haNo hiding Shame controls far too many of us Worthless, inferior, rejected, weak, humiliated, failure all adds up to wishing we could get away from others and hide We know what shame feels like The way out, however, is harder to find Time doesn t help, neither does confession, because shame is just as often from what others do to you as it is from what you have done But the Bible is about shame from start to finish, and, if we are willing, God s beautiful words break through Look at Jesus through the lens of shame and see how the marginalized and worthless are his favorites and become his people God cares for the shamed Through Jesus you are covered, adopted, cleansed, and healed.

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    1. I don’t review many non-fiction books. Not because I don’t like them or because I don’t read them. It is because they take me so much longer to read and ponder my thoughts before I put them on paper. Shame Interrupted took me an extra amount of time. I found myself reading a portion and then needing to put the book down and spend some time thinking and absorbing what I had just ingested. My copy of the book is so marked up and filled with sticky notes that I’m going to have to buy other [...]

    2. Great book. It talks about a topic that no one writes about--Shame. There isn't even anything in the theology books about shame, though it is all over the Bible. It also comes up in my counseling all the time and is at the heart of many many problems people have with living.

    3. Like all Ed Welch books, the content is excellent, but the style falls short. He's very repetitive and a little bit too folksy for my taste. But the flip-side of that complaint is that the book is easily accessible to virtually everyone, as a book this important should be. Particularly helpful to me was his breakdown of the four types of shame. Shame of what we've done (before God)Shame of what we've done (before others)Shame of what's been done to us (before God)Shame of what's been done to us [...]

    4. An excellent book on the experience of shame and the Christian life. Welch's emphasis is on how the Bible addresses shame of all kinds. A great resource for people who feel shame in their own lives, but also a great resource of pastoral counseling.

    5. This book is so good. This is my second time reading it, this time for a class. I'm happy to say I appreciated the book more this time. Welch's style has even grown on me after having taken two of his classes. This time, the book helped me recognize that a rather large area of struggle in my life is related to shame and I had not previously made that connection. It is incredibly helpful to identify that as I work & pray for healing in that area.

    6. Welch defines, exposes, and remedies the attitudes and scars of shame running through every person's life. I've never considered 'shame' to be a serious issue for the American church to grapple with. The subject seems to me more relevant for Asian and perhaps European cultures, but not something to notice amongst Americans. I was wrong. Welch's definition and counsel make this book among essential readings for today's Christians.

    7. Shame and guilt controlled much of my life from my teenage years up until my late twenties. Even today, I still struggle some with shame and feelings of guilt. Shame controls many people with feelings of worthlessness, inferiority, rejection, weakness, and failure. It causes people to run away and hide rather than to come out into the Light of Jesus Christ. Understanding how Jesus took our shame and guilt through the Cross and rose again to new life is vital to overcoming feelings of shame and g [...]

    8. Feel trapped by your life's circumstances?Wished you had a perfect white picket fence life?Truth is that many people don't have those perfect lives and reading the bible, we see that following and having faith in God, isn't about having a perfect life, but instead, we see both in the Old and New Testament, a reminder of how imperfect and broken people we all are, with stories that some of us may never be aware of, and yet, what God shows, is that He doesn't look for perfection and instead shows [...]

    9. One of the great contrasts between pre-fall man and post-fall man is the presence of shame. Before the fall we are told in Genesis that the man and the woman were naked and not ashamed. After the fall they realize they are naked and they try to hide themselves. The curse of sin is experienced in our relationships in the form of shame that seeks to hide from God and others and seeks to protect itself from all invaders. We can’t let people know us. If they know us they will not like us and will [...]

    10. The Gospel told in light of shame. Welch writes about the differences between shame before others and shame before God, and reveals who God is in how He treats those who were shamed throughout the Bible. He shows the gravity of what Christ did on the cross for us in taking on our shame, and how shame from others has no more hold on us because of that event - the event on which the whole of history turns. Then he goes on to explain how we can live boldly for God and even willingly taking on shame [...]

    11. A few days ago, I expressed my consternation at people who capriciously assign five star ratings to mediocre books. Upon finishing Shame Interrupted by Ed Welch, I initially felt a little ashamed at wanting to assign it a five, but I really think everyone should read this book. Welch tackles the issue of shame, which is pervasive in the world and in the church. Welch walks the reader through the origins of shame and a gospel response. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

    12. I really, really appreciate Ed Welch. Shame is a far more prevalent struggle than most of us realize (that seems to be a theme with Welch--he takes a topic that you think might not be your problem, and shows you how universal a struggle it really is; see When People Are Big and God is Small for one prominent example). And his tone in writing about it hits all the right notes: gentle and empathetic, firm and no-nonsense, an encouraging balm yet strong and challenging. The book would definitely be [...]

    13. Get started and keep going, even at a snail's pace. A good portion at the beginning took a very long time for me to work through as it was rather difficult emotionally. BUT it was so worth it. So stick with it and read to the end.

    14. This started out a little slow for me. At first I had trouble connecting to the ideas, but it got really good a little way in and really helped my to grow in my ideas of what redemption through Christ looks like.

    15. This took me a long time to read; I bogged down about 1/3 of the way through and almost dropped it. It was worth the read though. At times I wasn't sure how to connect my experiences with what he was saying but it got better as I went. Some great stuff about identity and worth.

    16. The book had good observations on shame and all its synonyms and related concepts in the Bible. However, sometimes I got bogged down and I had a hard time following the overall argument and theme.

    17. "How God Lifts The Pain of Worthlessness & Rejection"No More Hiding"Shame controls far too many of us. Worthless, inferior, rejected, weak, humiliated, failure all adds up to wishing we could get away from others and hide. We know what shame feels like. The way out, however, is harder to find. Time doesn't help, neither does confession, because shame is just as often from what others do to you as it is from what you have done. But the Bible is about shame from start to finish, and, if we are [...]

    18. This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (jacobscafe).Shame is something that is discussed in a therapeutic context frequently because of its constant presence in the lives of those who seek therapy. I've written about shame before, differentiating it from guilt as the latter saying, "I did bad" while shame says, "I am bad." Shame pervades people's identities, creating a sense of worthlessness and rejection.In Shame Interrupted, Ed Welch, a psychologist, addresses the topic of shame [...]

    19. Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts The Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection is a very valuable resource for the church. As Welch writes, he is very deliberate in his presentation of the gospel as the only hope in the relief of the pain of shame and guilt. I appreciate the frequent true-to-life illustrations of people struggling with shame as they demonstrate the wisdom of his many years of counselling. Not only is this helpful for the reader to know that they are not alone, it also helps a pastor i [...]

    20. Shame is not one of those topics discussed in Christian circles and maybe it should be. As the title suggests, Jesus interuupts shame that all people have wether one acknowledges it or not, it comes out in different ways. I think that is what surprised me the most in this study, that shame is a battle that is very much alive and affects all areas of our life. Do not misunderstand, this is not a book on better living, but one that describes our shame and the affects and that Jesus himself fought [...]

    21. The first three chapters of this book were real eyeopeners for me. They caused me to see shame and its effects everywhere: in me, in the Bible and in Japan. I saw how much of my behaviour is affected by a sense of shame; I became more conscious of passages in the Bible that talk about shame; and I came to realise just how much Japanese society is a shame-based culture.The subsequent chapters traced the theme of shame through the pages of the Bible. For some reason, they didn't resonate with me a [...]

    22. Shame Interrupted is one of the most impacting books I have ever read. Ed Welch accurately and wisely digs deep into the battle with shame presenting the truth of the Bible as the guide. My mind and heart are full after reading this. God's love and "nearness" is more tangible and real to me now. I see hope in specific Scripture passages such as 1 Peter 2:9-10 and Phillippians 3. I understand how God has turned towards me and I must daily turn towards Him bringing nothing. His work of removing my [...]

    23. Through this book, Mr. Welch will help you dig deep, deeper, and deepest into your heart and soul to unearth the shame that’s hiding there, so that you may be able to acknowledge it, describe it, and confront it the right way. Just as the author wishes, this book is a safe place where you can identify shame, acknowledge it in your life and bring hope to it by receiving comforting words from God. At first, it feels as if the author spends too much time describing and identifying shame, but I be [...]

    24. This book is hard to describeIt was, and is, the book I needed. I have lived with shame of many kinds that this book talks about for many years. Some since I was a young girl, some through my entire adult life. The wonderful thing this book helped me with, (and will continue to do so, because for me this will be an ongoing process and I am going to have to read it over and over)is understanding that I have been living with two kinds of shame. Shame from what others have done and Shame at myself [...]

    25. Shame is pervasive and crippling. Though it may not be recognized or identified as the cause of feelings of isolation, victimization, loneliness, marginalization, or even hopelessness, it is there, often at the root. The Bible addresses shame from the beginning to the end and Christ is the answer, God cares for the shamed and gave His Son to take it away and replace it with honor.The reason I did not rate this with 5 stars is because I found it a bit long, repetitive and difficult to finish. But [...]

    26. Shame isn't something we talk about in the American culture, or the church for that manner. For that reason this is a timely and helpful book deserving of attention (I would give the content a 4-star rating). The style of the book wasn't so much my taste and knocked it down to a 3-star rating. It's written in an overly conversational tone, rather then author/reader, which the benefit is I think this will be an approachable read for many.Everyone struggles with shame, but because it's not somethi [...]

    27. Who says biblical theology is reserved for the academia? Here, Ed Welch masterfully let the Bible speak comfort to the reader whose heart is burdened by shame, pain of rejection, and worthlessness.A gem from the concluding chapter: "We follow the one who, for the joy set clearly before him, endured and despised shame (Hebrews 12:2). We hear the Lord say it will only be a very little while until 'the coming one will come and will not delay' (Hebrews 10:37). And we keep at it until we, along with [...]

    28. If I could give this book a 3.5, I would. It read a bit heavy, and although I pulled out a number of things that resonated with me, I couldn't tell you what this book was about in a nut shell as it went a lot of different directions. I didn't realize until getting into this book how much shame plays a part in how I view myself, and in turn, how I receive God's love. The main point I took away from this book is (although not a new thought, but a great reminder): it's not who I am but rather whose [...]

    29. Written in a clear and easy style that makes accessible and approachable the emotional challenge of how the gospel redeems shame in all its forms. Ed does a great job showing the difference between guilt and shame and how the grace of Christ rescues us from both. Those who have been victimized need to pick this up and eat this book. Those who live honestly facing their brokenness would do well to spend time prayerfully studying their way through this book to a life-changing honor and hope and Ch [...]

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