Compassionate Living
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Compassionate Living

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PRAISE FOR COMPASSIONATE LIVING
"I've known Jackie more than 30 years, and we've walked together closely on this road to growth. No one knows the process emotionally, personally, and spiritually better than Jackie Hudson. And no one gives more compassionate, practical, and life-changing insight."
--Mary Graham
President, Women of Faith
"One major source of emotional woundedness is not that we forget we're Christians-it's that we forget we are human! In Compassionate Living, Jackie Hudson unpacks our inside baggage and helps us re-sort our belongings. Some we throw out. Some we rearrange. Some we leave at the foot of the cross. The content, the PRAY Process, and the follow-up exercises will bring immediate clarity as well as long-term change. It is a holistic approach that will launch you into a season of adventure and a lifetime of healing."
--Wayne Cordeiro
Chancellor, Pacific Rim Christian College Consortium
"Jackie's words in this book are like a salve to the soul. She ministers to our innermost issues and encourages us to stay engaged in the process of growth. Jackie outlines practical ways you can experience grace, truth, and time, so you can grow deeper in your relationship with God and with others."
--Steve Sellers
Vice President for the Americas, Campus Crusade for Christ

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Published 01 March 2010
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EAN13 9781725245594
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Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 Compassionate Living By Hudson, Jackie Copyright©2010 by Hudson, Jackie ISBN 13: 9781608995028 Publication date 3/1/2010
COMPASSIONATE LIVING Copyrigt © 2010 by Jackie J. Hudson All rights reserved.No part of tis publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mecanical, digital, potocopy, record-ing, or any oter—except for brief quotations in printed reviews, witout te prior permission of te autor. Printed in the United States of America
In memory of Colleen K. Benson 1941–2001 Her compassion elped me to eal.
CONtENts
 Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  How to Use his Workbook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Before You Begin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
. Feelings:Wat’s te Big Deal? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Biblical Growt Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . he PRAY Process: Managing and Transforming Feelings  wit Compassion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . he Steps of te PRAY Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . Compassion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
 Afterword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Appendix A: Joari Window: Getting to Know Yourself . . . . .   Appendix B: Feelings Log . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Appendix C: Overview of te Healing Process . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Appendix D: Steps of te PRAY Process Workseet . . . . . . . . . 
Preface
young Cristian couple sat on te couc across from me. “I can’t A do tis anymore,” se cried. “I don’t want a divorce, but I ave noting left inside of me but anger and resentment. I’m tired of living under your constant critical eye and your intimidation.” “You!Idon’t understand,” te usband snapped. “I make a good liv-ing. I come ome, and te ouse isn’t clean. You don’t ave to work. You just ave to take care of te two kids and keep te ouse clean, and you can’t even do tat. You’re always too tired for sex, and I resent tat. I can never do enoug to please you. I try and try, but it’s not enoug!” hey bot looked at me as te wife spoke troug er sobs. “How did we get ere? We are bot Cristians. How did our feelings get so out of control? How can we evenbeCristians and feel tis way?” I’ve eard undreds of similar scenarios from sincere Cristian couples and individuals wo are simply trying teir best wit wat tey ave to make life work. So many of tem ave tried everyting tey know to do—Bible reading, prayer, conferences, spiritual warfare—and yet not-ing as canged. One of te biggest struggles tey face is te guilt tey feel for not being “good enoug” Cristians to get teir feelings in line or make lasting canges in teir lives. Compassionate Livingas come out of tis struggle. It is an attempt to integrate biblical understanding wit current knowledge about emo-tional life skills and make tem accessible to everyday believers on teir journeys. It is about te recovery of compassion. Compassion is te key to te ealing of our wounded souls and of our fractured, broken world,
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for it is compassion tat moves us to action regarding our own wounds and te wounds of oters. his workbook draws on my own journey to understand and live te Cristian life. It as been one of success, failure, eartace, joy, doubt, loss, and ope. It is a journey I ave ated and loved. It is a journey tat as made me wo I am today. It also draws on many current and past teologians and personality teorists. heir ideas ave been filtered troug 40 years of my own growt and understanding, making it difficult to cite individual sources. Two carts, “A Biblical Growt Model” and “he PRAY Process,” come from my collaboration wit Carolyn Rexius, LCSW, during te years we worked togeter (1996–2002). I ave canged some of te word-ing on te Biblical Growt Model cart, but te concept remains te same. he explanation of te growt stages on te cart is a summary of my understanding of ow people develop and grow. I am deeply grateful to Pastor Steve Overman, senior pastor of Eugene Fait Center and my pastor, for giving me te platform to teac classes using tis material for te past four years in te curc. Witout is support and is encouragement to develop a curriculum to elp people develop emotional life skills, tis workbook would not ave come into being. I am also grateful to Nancy Carlson, a dear friend for more tan 30 years, wo designed te cover. he concept of te “PRAY Process” was developed not to oversimplify te information or because of its easy-to-remember acronym but to give Cristians a tool to draw tem into te presence of te Lord, were true ealing takes place. As wit any spiritual tool, used prayerfully and sin-cerely, it can be elpful in a person’s ealing. Used to manipulate one’s own feelings or tose of anoter person, or employed in a “one-answer-fits-all” approac, it can be urtful. My prayer is tat you will use te concepts in tis workbook for ealing and growt.