The Cycle of Addiction: Ritualization

The Cycle of Addiction: Ritualization

In my last blog, I introduced the sexual addiction cycle from Patrick Carnes, as shared in his book Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction. I shared about the first part of the addiction cycle, called preoccupation and some helpful things to consider when...
The Cycle of Addiction: Preoccupation

The Cycle of Addiction: Preoccupation

In his book Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction, Patrick Carnes introduces the “addiction cycle” as it relates to sex addiction. He shares 4 components to this cycle. They are preoccupation, ritualization, sexual compulsivity, and despair. For this...
June 12, 2016 – A Day of Tragedy

June 12, 2016 – A Day of Tragedy

Introduction: I originally wrote this article soon after the Orlando Shooting in June of 2016. Today is the two year anniversary of that horrible day. The tragedy has moved further into the past but more like it have happened in the time since. We are called to...
Are We Helping or Hurting  Abuse Survivors?

Are We Helping or Hurting Abuse Survivors?

In conjunction with the Survivors of Abuse group we periodically offer here at WGA, I have read and re-read Dan Allender’s book, The Wounded Heart. In the prologue of his text, Allender addresses a few points about ineffective paths to healing for abuse survivors....
Blessed Are the Misfits by Brant Hansen

Blessed Are the Misfits by Brant Hansen

For the month of May, we have been highlighting a number of books that we have found helpful. Today, we offer Blessed Are the Misfits: Great News for Believers who are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They’re Missing Something by Brant Hansen....