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Elyse Fitzpatrick is the head of Women Helping Women Ministries and holds an MA in biblical counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored more than a dozen books, including Love to Eat, Hate to Eat. She and her husband, Phil, have three grown children as well as grandchildren. Carol Cornish has an M.A. degree in Biblical Counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary. She has taught courses in biblical counseling and has extensive experience in helping to counsel women, couples, and families. Carol is presently a staff counselor at her church and is a frequent speaker at women's seminars and retreats.

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This book is an incredible resource! Dec 6 2000
By Martie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is amazing - it is practical and Scriptural. It focuses on the heart issues behind several major sin-related problems of today. This book demonstrates that our biggest problem is sin and it identifies the root of such things as overeating/bulimia, additions, and sexual sins for what they really are, selfishness, unbelief and greed. This book gives hope and practical advice so that we can overcome these things with the power of God! I highly recommend it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Women Helping Women: Insightful March 12 2010
By C. Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
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The "look inside" feature of this book was extremely helpful in determining if this book was going to cover the topics that I was researching. The topics included in this book are common issues that women face and provided the insight and direction necessary to help ladies through these issues through the power of the Word of God to change lives. It was awesome!
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Horrible, Harmful Advice! March 21 2013
By Amy - Published on Amazon.com
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To focus on one thing- the advice given in Chapter 14, 'Counseling Women Abused as Children' is absolutely horrendous.

"If you have done a good job pointing your counselee to her own sinfulness, the topic of confronting and forgiving her abuser will be more easily accepted."

The last thing most abuse victims need to focus on is what they did wrong. They've probably had enough blame heaped upon them already.

"Caution is advised when making any accusations of abuse, especially if there is any question as to whether the abuse actually took place. You must rebuke with the thought in mind that you might be wrong, you might have misunderstood."

You THINK you were raped, but it might just be a big misunderstanding, so- go easy on 'em in case you're the one who's wrong. Because you can never really tell.

"Forgiveness is to be granted to the offender only if the offender asks for it."

If this were true, the offender would be able to control the victim with it for the rest of her life! This is telling someone they have to stay angry and upset and hurt indefinitely, waiting for the abuser to repent. The offender may never ask for forgiveness. (Might even be dead. Then what.)

"Since the possibility exists that your counselee might need to bring charges against the offender either in the church or the state, forgiveness must not be granted unless the perpetrator is repentant. This is because forgiveness is a promise made, 'I will not hold this against you any longer. I will not bring it up again to anyone, including myself.' "
..."Although forgiveness is not granted to the unrepentant, you must grant forgiveness to those who ask for it (Matthew 18:21-35)."

Forgiveness is from God to man- forgiving sin, and from person to person, forgiving injury. (Physical, financial, emotional, etc.) Whether or not the state files criminal charges is a completely separate issue. (Forgiveness for the sin, and JUSTICE for the crime.) It's SO WRONG to tell someone who is hurting that "you must grant forgiveness to those who ask for it" and then tell them, OOPS! It would be wrong for you to hold that person accountable for the crime he committed, should've thought of that before you forgave him!
Hey perps! Just say the Magic Words, and stay out of jail!
Also- "I will not bring it up again to anyone"? That can be dangerous too. Let's say your father molested you from ages 6-12. No one else in the family knows about it. He comes to you & says "I repent, and you have to forgive me, or God wont forgive you." Your brother has a baby daughter. Are you never going to warn him about what could happen to her at her grandfather's house? After it does happen, how will you feel? How will she feel about YOU when she finds out someday that you could've protected her and didn't? Long story short- forgiving people does not obligate us to enable them by keeping their secrets. This also perpetuates the shame of the victim, in being not allowed to tell.

There's plenty more, but hopefully you get the idea. It's all backed up with Bible verses of course, carefully chosen. There are just as many representing my point of view too, but comparing them all would be a book in itself.
I really, really hope that anyone who counsels women abused as children has enough sense to reject the teachings of this book.
A great resource Dec 28 2009
By Funnygirl - Published on Amazon.com
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I had borrowed this book from a friend and referred to it so much I decided that I needed one of my own for reference. I do a lot of counseling and found it very helpful and Biblically based.

I like the layout, a real life case study is presented then every question concerning that issue is examined in light of what Scripture says. Strategies for counseling are presented with Scriptural reference and application. Also several reading recommendations are listed in the back of each section.

The counseling strategies are challenging and cover areas that are usually avoided like: Single teen mothers, post-abortion issues, adoption and overeating.

I would highly recommend this book for self improvement and counseling others.
Excellent book! Feb. 19 2009
By E. Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very insightful and helpful for Women who want to help other women. The Author starts with a good foundation, The Word of God and builds from there. I am using this for a textbook for one of my classes and am now glad that I purchased it for my own library.