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Toxic Relationships

Taking Refuge in Christ

Direct Price: $11.99 $9.00
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 104
ISBN: 9781629957340
Publication Date 04/07/21

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Satisfying, loving relationships are a gift from God. But what starts out pleasant becomes a prison if we grow dependent on someone else’s affection, opinions, and presence in our lives. If you’re caught in a codependent relationship―whether romantic, platonic, parental, professional, or something else―that is consuming your life and thoughts and ruling your emotions, get help! An idolatrous relationship becomes toxic even when abuse is not present, but Christ offers the stable, loving presence we truly need. Through thirty-one daily readings with reflection questions and practical action steps, Ellen Mary Dykas helps you to renew your thinking: growing in your trust of the Lord and becoming prepared to cultivate Christ-centered relationships with others from a place of confidence and peace.

In the 31-Day Devotionals for Life series, biblical counselors and Bible teachers guide you through Scripture passages that speak to specific situations or struggles, helping you to apply God’s Word to your life in practical ways day after day.


“With a counselor’s wisdom and a friend’s sympathy, Dykas brings readers to passages of Scripture that . . . point again and again to the gracious comfort that can be found in Christ alone.”

—Megan Hill, Author, A Place to Belong

“Ellen speaks hopeful biblical truths to people who desire to be deeply known and loved yet find themselves hurt and empty in their relationships. Each devotional is filled with tender wisdom.”

—Darby A. Strickland, Author, Is It Abuse?

“For those who have been hurt, trapped, and betrayed by toxic relationships, Ellen gives way to neither despair nor dismissal but, like a gentle friend, guides us along a path of healing and restoration.”

—Jonathan D. Holmes, Founder and Executive Director, Fieldstone Counseling

“A must-read . . . for anyone engaged in ministry and discipleship. . . . I am very grateful for such a biblically rich, helpful resource on such an important topic.”

—Hunter Beless, Host, Journeywomen podcast


The Author

Ellen Mary Dykas

Ellen Mary Dykas

Ellen Mary Dykas (MA, Covenant Theological Seminary) is the women’s ministry coordinator at Harvest USA and the author of Sexual Sanity for Women as well as several mini-books.