Journey to Freedom
Releasing the Past
From: EduPlex Ministries, authored By M. James Sawyer, Ph.D.
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Course Code: 2228-AB2

Course Description

In the book The Shack by William P. Young, a main character by the name of Mackenzie spends a weekend with the Triune God wrestling with a wide variety of theological issues.  Some time earlier one of Mack's daughters was kidnapped and murdered and since that time a “great sadness” descended upon Mack.  Unable to shake it, Mack grew distant from God and began to doubt him.  How could God let that happen?  And how could Mack move forward after something like that? 

The book deals with several different themes including family, grief, love, heaven, legalism, and how to reconcile the idea of God's sovereignty with the evil that exists in the world.  In addition to these themes the book also addresses abuse and finding healing as a child of God.  Should Mack heal and move past the 'great sadness'?  Can he?  If so, how? 

Some of us have been the victims of physical abuse like the character of Mack suffered when he was a child.  Others of us have suffered different types of abuse.  Many of us have experienced ramifications from that abuse that include shame and addiction.  

Because of faulty teaching and our own experience with pain we hold onto many different ways of coping, some of which are very unhealthy.  Journey to Freedom addresses several types of abuse and the shame that often accompanies them.  The course expands on the themes of abuse, healing and adoption in The Shack and how to experience healing as a loved and accepted child of God.  In the course you will discover:

-9 types of abuse and their devastating effects
-why spiritual abuse happens more in some churches than in others
-what scapegoating is and how it affects the victim of abuse
-how events of abuse affect how we see and process reality afterward
-why emotional scars from abuse need to be lanced and drained before they can truly heal
-ways that shame can be covered up by perfectionism, hyper-vigilance and arrogance
-why abuse can lead to different types of addiction
-why Jesus' view of God the Father changes everything
-how the reality of our adoption by God brings hope, help and healing in our lives

Although not required, EduPlex highly recommends purchasing and reading “The Shack” by William P. Young before buying this course. 

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Note: Journey to Freedom addresses a variety of topics related to abuse, brokenness and healing and is not suitable for children under the age of 13.

Included in Course

This course consists of three lessons.  Each lesson takes 2-3 hours to complete.

Shipped Materials

There are no additional materials shipped for this course.  However, we do recommend several books at the end of the course for additional study.

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About The Author...

M. James Sawyer, Ph.D. is Director of Sacred Saga Ministries (  He has been a professor of Systematic and Historical theology for twenty-five years.  In addition to his classroom experience he has written several books including The Survivor's Guide to Theology, Taxonomic Charts on Theological and Biblical Studies,  Reinventing Jesus (co-authored with Daniel B. Wallace and J. Ed Komoszewski) and co-edited Who's Afraid of the Holy Spirit? (with Daniel B. Wallace).  He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, The American Academy of Religion, and the Society for Biblical Literature. 

Jim is a visiting Professor at The Theological College in Sofia Bulgaria, and at Pacific Islands Seminary in Guam, a well as Adjunct Professor at A. W. Tozer Seminary and Koinonia Graduate School of Theology.  He also serves on the board of Eduplex Ministries and on the Advisory Committee of Koinonia Graduate School of Theology.  Jim is married to Kay and has four adult sons and three granddaughters.  

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Available Credit

This course is available with 1 ACSI CEU (Association of Christian Schools International Continuing Education Units) for 8 hours of work.

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite courses, if any, are listed below.  If a Course ID is specified, that course must be purchased (and completed) prior to purchasing this course.  If no Course ID is specified, it is the student's responsibility to take the required course before purchasing this course.

No Prerequisite Courses Required

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