June 2009

Dear Friends,

The current Pixar film, Up, is about an elderly man trying to escape being sent to a retirement home against his will. To get away, he attaches hundreds of balloons to his little old house and it takes off.  Later, when he realizes he has landed in the wrong place, he needs to lighten his load to get moving again.  He begins removing things from the house, many of them life long possessions, throwing them out the door until he is again airborne to continue his adventure.  This is quite a picture of how therapy works, but also how the burden of shame can bog us down and keep us from the life that God intends.  We hope you will be encouraged to lighten your load and move ahead in grace.

Dr. Joe Verga
Executive Director



Shame Off You
           An Interview with
           Rev. Alan Wright

God's Voice

Book Reviews


Merriam-Webster defines shame as a “painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming or impropriety or the condition of humiliating disgrace or disrepute.”  Although the dictionary may define the word, it does not describe the impact of shame on a life.
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Shame Off You—An Interview with
Rev. Alan Wright

Rev. Alan Wright, senior pastor of Reynolda Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, recently launched Sharing the Light Ministries.  “Sharing the Light’s mission is to set people free of the binding effects of emotional wounds through the love of God.” Read More

God's Voice

God’s voice will never….
…make you feel hopeless
…make you feel like a failure
…lead you to greater anxiety
…manipulate you by withholding love
…express disgust with you
…make you love God less

God’s voice will always…
…bring you hope, even if it at first causes you pain
…lead you to peace
…shape you more into the person you are destined to be
…let you know it’s ‘not too late’ to change
…help you improve
…draw you nearer to God

Shame Off You Workbook, p. 66

Book Reviews

Shame and Grace:  Healing the Shame We Don’t Deserve
Lewis B. Smedes
HarperOne, 1994
Outlines the road to well-being and the peace that comes from knowing we are accepted by the grace of “the One whose acceptance of us matters most.”

Shame Off You
Alan D. Wright
Multnomah Books, 2005
Shame can motivate us to try harder but it can never set us free.  It is a lie that steals real peace and hides true joy.  Pastor Wright share the way to let the power and grace of Christ transform and unlock a new way of living and loving.

Shame Off You Workbook
Alan D. Wright
Companion workbook to Shame Off You

A Thought

As no Scripture is of private interpretation, so there is no feeling in a human heart which exists in that heart alone…which is not, in some form or degree, in every human heart…

George MacDonald

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