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Self-Centered Spouse: Help for Chronically Broken Marriages - The Gospel for Real Life Series (Hambrick)

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Any­one in a mar­riage knows that we are all self-centered spouses who are mar­ried to self-centered spouses. But when this all-too-common sin becomes severe and chronic, it results in a mar­i­tal envi­ron­ment of abuse or neglect—leaving the spouse on the receiv­ing end feel­ing trapped and hope­less. But how might this out­look change if we knew that Jesus addressed just such chron­i­cally bro­ken relationships?

Brad Ham­brick exam­ines Jesus’ teach­ings about rela­tion­ships to show us how we can turn the other cheek while keep­ing away from unhealthy and destruc­tive paths. He iden­ti­fies dif­fer­ent types of self-centered spouses to show us what we are deal­ing with, shares strate­gies for inter­act­ing with them, and points to evi­dences of gen­uine change to bring hope to any­one liv­ing with a chron­i­cally self-centered spouse.



Brad Ham­brick is pas­tor of coun­sel­ing at The Sum­mit Church in Durham, North Car­olina; chief edi­tor of the Jour­nal of Coun­sel­ing and Dis­ci­ple­ship; and adjunct pro­fes­sor of bib­li­cal coun­sel­ing at South­east­ern Bap­tist The­o­log­i­cal Seminary.



“Gives sound biblical wisdom for how to recognize [abusive] patterns and practical guidelines for how to address and tackle them.” — Leslie Vernick, licensed counselor, author of The Emotionally Destructive Marriage

“Overflows with wisdom, hope, and compassion for the abused or neglected spouse as well as for the offending spouse.” — Justin Holcomb, coauthor of Is It My Fault? and Rid of My Disgrace

“The gospel isn’t just an ethereal idea. It’s not a philosophy and it’s not static. It moves and shapes and transforms. I am grateful for ABC’s work of letting the gospel bear its weight on these real life sorrows and pains.” — Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Flower Mound, Texas