Now in its 18th year, the 2021 Outreach Resources of the Year honors the past year’s best books that emphasize outreach-oriented ideas and ministries.
The counseling and relationships category was evaluated by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, founders of the marriage assessment SYMBIS.com and authors of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts.
RESOURCE OF THE YEAR
When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community From Emotional and Spiritual Abuse by Chuck DeGroat (IVP)
Professor, therapist and pastor Chuck DeGroat tackles the dicey and understudied issue of one of the most ignored and crazy-making toxins in our society today, particularly in the church—narcissism. The often charming but eventually overcontrolling leadership style of the narcissist leaves almost everyone in its wake confused, if not bullied, demeaned or even traumatized. When Narcissism Comes to Church is not a cold or clinical look at the narcissistic mask, however. It’s replete with tenderness, generosity and hope. DeGroat calls all of us to engage in the difficult “shadow work” of confronting our own darker sides to find the light of recovery in the gospel of Jesus. Ultimately, this is a thoughtful and accessible book on emotional and spiritual healing.
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