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Regret-Free Living

Regret-Free Living

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An excerpt from Regret-Free Living by Stephen Arterburn, published by Bethany House Publishers.

You Can Do Relationships Right

Regret-Free Living takes the focus from what was and what might have been and shines a bright light onto the path of what is and what is to be. Christian counselor Stephen Arterburn speaks honestly and forthrightly about what it takes to build strong, healthy relationships. Drawing on his own positive and negative experiences, he offers specific steps to rid yourself of relationship regrets, open your heart to healing, and move forward in love.

Arterburn's practical counsel shows you how to recognize the signs and qualities of both happy and unhappy relationships, admit guilt and accept responsibility, find and give forgiveness, set boundaries, love and give out of fullness, and much more.

This is your invitation to, with God's help, rid yourself of relationship regrets and begin building healthy, guilt-free relationships. Will you accept it? The choice is yours.
An excerpt from Regret-Free Living by Stephen Arterburn, published by Bethany House Publishers.

You Can Do Relationships Right

Regret-Free Living takes the focus from what was and what might have been and shines a bright light onto the path of what is and what is to be. Christian counselor Stephen Arterburn speaks honestly and forthrightly about what it takes to build strong, healthy relationships. Drawing on his own positive and negative experiences, he offers specific steps to rid yourself of relationship regrets, open your heart to healing, and move forward in love.

Arterburn's practical counsel shows you how to recognize the signs and qualities of both happy and unhappy relationships, admit guilt and accept responsibility, find and give forgiveness, set boundaries, love and give out of fullness, and much more.

This is your invitation to, with God's help, rid yourself of relationship regrets and begin building healthy, guilt-free relationships. Will you accept it? The choice is yours.

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Introduction
A
s radio host of 
New Life Live,
a daily one-hour call-in show, Ican honestly say that at no other time in my life have I heard the
voices of more people saturated with regret. When 9/11 occurred,
President Bush announced that our world would never be the same.
 Well, we now must pack carry-on liquids in three-ounce contain-
ers, and to be sure, those who were injured or lost loved ones wereleft with deep wounds. But the rest of us? We really haven’t seenmuch change; there really hasn’t been a lot of difference.
 We did, however, see the world change—and change very 
quickly—when the economic downturn (financial disaster) began
in 2008. Many who thought they were wise or brilliant investors
discovered that someone had made off with every last dollar. Some
millionaires and billionaires were wiped out within a few months.
Some who were ready to retire changed plans and set about to
 work the rest of their lives. People who’d had six-figure salaries
 were interviewed in lines at shelters. Homes were lost, dreams were
 
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shattered, and the number of corporate greed’s innocent victimsswelled beyond belief.The losses and collapses have been dramatic and agonizing;many people are steeped in regret that they hadn’t seen it com-ing. They’re often stunned that they’d been so presumptuous as
to assume our economic growth would continue unabated. In
portfolios, regrets replaced assets. “If only” has become a mantrafor those reliving so many less-than-informed decisions.
For others, the regret path they’re walking is not financial but
relational. Betrayal, divorce, and all sorts of untreated addictionsleave both victim and perpetrator full of regret over the choicesthey’ve made.
The Bible tells the story of Esau selling his birthright to Jacob
for a mere bowl of soup. According to Hebrews 12, no matter how 
bad Esau later felt about that deal, no matter how many bitter
tears of regret he shed, there was nothing he could do to change what he’d done. Imagine the pain he must have felt, looking back on his terrible swap.
If Esau hadn’t been out of control, he would have never offeredsuch a phenomenal bargain. He was controlled by his appetite and
desire for immediate relief. And while he looks foolish today, he’sno different from the many millions who have walked in his “I want/need it now” shoes.Most who have struggled with eating disorders can relate toEsau. Those addicted to drugs, who become willing to do any-thing for relief from withdrawal, understand him. Anyone who’s
destroyed a marriage over desire for hours with Internet porn
knows how Esau could get himself in such a mess.
I certainly know how Esau felt. I know what its like to obtain
instant relief and then discover only a life filled with shameful
regret and sorrow, to wake up realizing “
what 
a mistake I’ve

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