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I am originally from the UK, haved lived in Saudi Arabia, and now live in Katy, Texas. I am a Christian who Has an interest in applying my knowledge, understanding and beliefs to what I see going on in the world around me.
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Book Review – Intimacy Anorexia

Weiss, Douglas.  Intimacy Anorexia.  Colorado Springs, CO.  Discovery Press, 2010.   ISBN 978-1881292265 This book is subtitled “Healing the Hidden Addiction in Your Marriage.” Douglas Weiss is the Clinical Director of Heart to Heart Counseling center in Colorado Springs, Co.  He is also President of the American Association of Sex Addiction Therapy (aasat.org). This book was … Continue reading

Book Review – The Intimacy Factor

Mellody, Pia.  The Intimacy Factor.  New York, NY.  Harper Collins, 2004.   ISBN 978-0060095802 This book is subtitled “The Ground Rules for Overcoming the Obstacles to Truth, Respect and Lasting Love.” Pia Mellody is a member of the faculty at The Meadows, a highly respected addiction treatment center in Arizona. A colleague of the author, the … Continue reading

Defensiveness Hurts Our Important Relationships

This will be the seventh in the series I’m writing about normal things we do that indicate we have poor mental health.  So far we’ve looked at these subjects: Asking for Help – How we don’t reach out when we ought to. Inner Permission – How we have faulty decision making processes. Seeking Nurturing – … Continue reading

What is Intimacy?

I have written this as a part of my preparation for teaching an “Intimacy in Marriage” class, so contextually it is about connection within biblical marriages.  But it is still useful to read and develop an understanding of this powerful concept that we call intimacy. Intimacy is a difficult construct to grasp.  Dial the word … Continue reading

Racism is Inferior

This is the sixth in the series I’m writing about normal things we do that indicate we have poor mental health.  So far we’ve looked at these subjects: Asking for Help – How we don’t reach out when we ought to. Inner Permission – How we have faulty decision making processes. Seeking Nurturing – How … Continue reading

Book Review – Sexual Anorexia

Carnes, Patrick.  Sexual Anorexia- Overcoming Sexual Self-Hatred.  Center City, MN.  Hazelden, 1997.   ISBN 978-1568381442 Carnes describes “Sexual Anorexia” by using behaviors to define what it is, and doesn’t provide the reader with something definitional.  Typically it is defined as something like, “lack of desire for sexual contact.”  Carnes may be smart to not define it, … Continue reading

Delight in Being Right

This is the fifth in the series I’m writing about normal things we do that indicate we have poor mental health.  So far we’ve looked at these subjects: Asking for Help – How we don’t reach out when we ought to. Inner Permission – How we have faulty decision making processes. Seeking Nurturing – How … Continue reading

Constructing a Loneliness Plan

Here is an exercise I just wrote about putting together a written plan of how to deal with loneliness. Loneliness is a core human difficulty.  The scriptures tell us this: Gen 2:18(a) – Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helper fit … Continue reading

I Do Not Like That

This is the fourth subject in my look at ways we are expressing poor mental health in everyday life.  This one deals with sex, but won’t be graphic. In his book “The Road Less Traveled” (Which is one of my all-time favorite books!) M. Scott Peck says this: Mental health is a commitment to reality … Continue reading

Seeking Nurturing

This is the third in a series of ways we exhibit low quality mental health in normal everyday life.  As a reminder, I claimed in a previous blog that every human, with the exception of Jesus, that ever existed or will exist, up to the moment God makes all things new, is mentally ill or … Continue reading