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Ashamed No More, A Pastor's Journey Through Sex Addiction
By T. C. Ryan
"Tom Ryan has written a remarkable confessional that declares this reality: liberation is possible through Jesus Christ, and hope is a present reality for people who want a different story than enslavement to addiction. This book is a gift to the church and to the many men and women who long for a path to freedom and companionship along the way."
—Tim Keel, pastor, Jacob's Well (Kansas City, Missouri), and author of Intuitive Leadership
"I can think of no one better than Ryan to examine the broken soul: well-read, blessed with an uncommon intelligence, pastoral, compassionate, forgiven and full of forgiveness."
—Walter Wangerin Jr., from the foreward
"I find it refreshing that Ryan does not shy away from the spiritual aspects of his struggle "Overall the book is well-written and easy to follow. While personal recovery books can sometimes come across as cathartic or narcissistic endeavors through which the author attempts to work out his own healing, this text did not feel self congratulatory, nor did it minimize the author's personal experience or story of transformation."
—Prism, reviewed by William M. Struthers, associate professor of psychology at Wheaton College, and author of Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain (InterVarsity Press, 2009)
"As Ryan describes it, he was living a divided life. In one arena he was a capable and gifted pastor. In the other he was plagued by shame, self-loathing, and an inability to stop destructive behavior. His extensive explanation of the cycle of addiction, the lies he had come to believe from childhood, the role that therapy and other supportive measures played in his recovery, and his hopes for how the church can become the ultimate 12-step program make every chapter of this book essential."
—Sojourners, reviewed by Stacey Schwenker, a graduate of Fuller Theology Seminary