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Experience deeper levels of Christ's mercy and love, and step into a dynamic spiritual transformation when you face the shame that characterizes your human identity.
What would happen if Christians faced the issue of shame instead of ran from it? The Shame Exchange includes discussion questions and explores the difference between seven types of shame. Readers, including counselors and church leaders, will learn that facing shame brings deeper intimacy with God, spiritual transformation, and ultimately freedom from shame.
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At age 46, married, 4 kids (ages 11-15), I picked up this book and it seems written just for me! I have felt so shackled in shame 24/7, that I have bearly been able to function at times. This book touched me in that deep place where I perceive myself "stuck". Page after page related so well where our shame comes from and how it can cripple us. I cannot properly articulate how a light came into my dark spot and showed me that I am not alone. My Father and Brother are there with me caring for me. God has placed fellow believers in my life not to torment me, but to help me. I am not alone! I am thankful for the time, energy, and thoughtfulness put into this book.
5/22/2012 7:20:32 AM
Review of The Shame Exchange
Written by a team of two couples with many years of experience, this is a timely book for those who find themselves struggling with shame and guilt whether it their own or others.
An extensive list of real life examples and illustrations are noted throughout the book. What follows is a general discussion of the definition of shame and guilt and the suggestion that not all shame or guilt is bad.
An engaging concept and while reading the book you find that it is true. Some shame, some guilt is healthy and promotes repentance and reconciliation.
While the book is written to all, the focus seems to be mainly on those who have made a commitment to Christ.
All ideas in the book are biblically sound and therefore trustworthy. The application process of the ‘healing ingredients’ provides a firm foundation for dealing with shame and guilt prompting the reader to solid approach to healing.
If I would note one criticism, it would be the shift in speakers. All four authors are interesting and offer great advice; however, the reader may struggle with the change in author.
I would recommend this book to any believer battling the issue of shame and guilt. The advice comes from four experienced authors and provides sound biblical advice.
The review copy of this book was provided free of charge by NavPress and has been donated to the library of Westwood Baptist Church.
11/13/2009 7:50:50 PM
Shame Exchange: review
The Shame Exchange is a book designed to aid the reader in dealing with condemning emotions. The authors methodically move through this easy-to-read resource as they define 7 aspects of shame and then reveal in two chapters the common methods of covering shame. They complete this work by informing the reader of how to deal with shame in a biblical manner.
There are a couple of reasons why I am not quick to recommend this book wholeheartedly. The first would be that a clear definition of shame seems to elude the reader through out the book. The authors state that “…by definition, shame makes you feel really bad. It’s far more than embarrassment…” I came away not fully understanding what shame is and no real idea on how to identify it. It seems to be a feeling, a “sense”, a “desire” or a “soul wretchedness”.
The second reason would be that I perceived a slight “Gestalt” flavor of psychology in the book when I was reading it. There was the perception that the reader must “peel the layers” of their life back to find the origin of their shame. Let me be clear, it was not a strong suggestion, but the feeling remained with me as I read.
I liked the fact that the authors were using Scripture as the source of dealing with shame. They provided numerous biblical examples of individuals dealing with shame and adaquately gave the “healing ingredients” for the reader to deal with their own shame: (1) “readings in spiritual formation [must be a] mainstay”, (2) “God’s Word [is] foundational to…healing, and (3) [community] “the prayers of those who embodied the truths of God’s love and acceptance were critical”.
Based on these limited observations, I would recommend the book to the discerning reader, and see the use of the book good for stimulating conversation in a counseling type situation. I do appreciate the work and effort and vulnerability the authors poured into this work.
10/7/2009 2:02:06 PM