A Ministry of Make and Deepen Disciples

Sexual Wellness

Promote health and healing in personal sexuality

This section promotes overall wellness and healing in a number of areas related to sexuality. Potential topics to be engaged include sexual abuse, sexual harassment, divorce care, and freedom from pornography, among others. Sexual brokenness manifests in individuals and impacts relationships in a myriad of ways. These resources are not meant to place blame or judge motivation or spiritual maturity, nor are they meant to offer legal guidance. Rather, they are offered to promote healing across a spectrum-for aggressors/offenders, survivors, family and loved ones, men and women-and to do so both proactively and restoratively. Our hope is that these resources will provide ways to endure, overcome, heal, and embrace once again God’s all-encompassing, radical love.

II. Sexual Harassment Awareness and Prevention

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)


ECC Statement


Case Law and the Church


Boundaries Training


Church Resource

III. Sexual Issues in Marriage

Psychology Today


American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists

IV. Sexuality and Singleness

V. Recovery Resources for Sexual Addictions


General for the Addict

  1. Don’t Call It Love: Recovery From Sexual Addiction, by Patrick Carnes
  2. Facing the Shadow: Starting Sexual and Relationship Recovery, by Patrick Carnes (workbook)
  3. Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction, by Patrick Carnes
  4. Sexual Anorexia: Overcoming Sexual Self-Hatred, by Patrick Carnes
  5. Leaving the Enchanted Forest: The Path from Relationship Addiction to Intimacy, by Stephanie Covington
  6. Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction, by Mark Laaser
  7. Breaking Free: Understanding Sexual Addiction and the Healing Power of Jesus, by Russell Willingham
  8. False Intimacy: Understanding the Struggle of Sexual Addiction, by Harry Schaumburg
  9. Lust, Anger, Love: Understanding Sexual Addiction and the Road to Healthy Intimacy, by Maureen Canning
  10. Porn Nation, by Michael Leahy
  11. Facing Love Addiction, by Pia Melody
  12. Facing Codependence, by Pia Melody
  13. The Intimacy Factor, by Pia Melody
  14. Healing the Shame that Binds You, by John Bradshaw


Women Sex Addicts

  1. No Stones: Women Redeemed from Sexual Shame, by Marnie Ferree
  2. Women, Sex, and Addiction, by Charlotte Davis Kasl


12 Step Literature

  1. SLAA Basic Text
  2. AA Big Book
  3. Twelve Steps for Christians
  4. Life Recovery Bible
  5. Answers in the Heart (Daily Meditations for Men and Women Recovering from Sex Addiction)
  6. Celebrate Recovery


For Spouses and Loved Ones

  1. Shattered Vows: Hope and Healing for Women Who Have Been Sexually Betrayed, by Debra Laaser
  2. S.A.R.A.H.: Spouses of Addicts Rebuilding and Healing, by Richard Blankenship
  3. Co-SLAA and Co-SA Literature (cosa-recovery.org)


Advice on filters and screens


Accountability Software



Bethesda Workshops (c/o Woodmont Hills Counseling Center)


Faithful and True Ministry


Pine Grove Treatment


Stone Gate Resources


Marble Retreat


Link Care Center



Sexaholics Anonymous (SA)


Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)


Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA)



Codependents of Sex Addicts (COSA)

VI. Resources On Domestic Abuse



  1. Door of Hope: Recognizing and Resolving the Pains of Your Past, by Jan Frank
  2. The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
  3. The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse, by Dan Allender
  4. Rebuilding Your Broken World, by Gordon MacDonald



 FaithTrust Institute

Training seminars, keynote presentations, and resource catalog with online store to purchase curricula, videos, brochures, and publications.


National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National directory of DV programs, information on referral services


National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs


National Domestic Violence Hotline

Provides counseling and information about shelters and services in all states.



Online support group for women with an abusive partner


Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community


Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Gender-Based Violence


Mending the Sacred Hoop

Dedicated to strengthening the voice and vision of Native peoples through grassroots organizing, restoring the leadership of Native women in addressing and ending domestic and sexual violence nationally.


Casa de Esperanza

We Want to Hear From You

As we develop Embrace, we hope to receive feedback from diverse voices, especially with regard to existing resources or experiences which you have found to be helpful and effective. Feel free to connect with us anytime at embrace@covchurch.org.

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Lina Sánchez-Herrera

Chicago West Suburbs, Illinois

ECC Conference: Central
Gender: Female


Receiving New Directees: Yes
Directing Clergy: Yes
Client Genders: Both men and women
Skype or Facetime: Yes
Languages: English, Spanish
Retreat/Workshop Leader: Yes


C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction, North Park Theological Seminary


Pastors/Church Leadership, Missionaries, University Students, Discernment Process, Transitions, Multi-Ethnic Issues, Second Half of Life, Prayer, Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Prior to moving to the USA, I was a professor at the National University of Colombia and served with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Colombia for 16 years. Starting in 2001, I served as InterVarsity National Staff in the USA. I have a master’s degree in Christian Ministries, and I serve in Spiritual Direction to those who want to be fully present and available to God and receive His grace over them. My joy is to see professors and college students coming to know Jesus and being transformed into people that bring the good news of righteousness and justice to others.

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