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David A. Seamands February 6, — July 29,  , author, scholar, and evangelical renewal movement leader within the United Methodist Church , was born in India to Methodist missionary parents and spent much of his boyhood there. He and his wife, Helen, served as United Methodist missionaries in India from until Rather than pursue his Ph.
When Seamands returned to the United States in , he was appointed as pastor of the Wilmore United Methodist Church where he served for 22 years.
Tapes of his sermons were sent by the tens of thousands around the world, and free to hundreds of missionaries overseas. Additional tens of thousands of his tapes dealing with the subject of damaged emotions were circulated before his book, Healing for Damaged Emotions 1.
In all, Seamands' seven books have sold more than two million copies. He was active in the field of Christian counseling and was recognized as a pioneer of the field at the Congress of Christian Counseling where, together with James Dobson , Larry Crabb and Gary Collins, he received the special "Paraklesis" Award. He and Helen were active in the beginnings of the Marriage Enrichment and Engaged Discovery movements and led over couples through these special weekend experiences.
Upon his retirement from the local ministry in , he taught pastoral care at Asbury Theological Seminary. From to , he was appointed as the Dean of the Chapel at Asbury. Seamands was also a delegate to six General Conferences, beginning in At four of those he presented the minority report for the legislative section dealing with issues of human sexuality.
He also was responsible for the founding of the Evangelical Missions Council. Just prior to his death, Seamands resigned from the Wilmore United Methodist Church, citing a complaint of sexual misconduct filed against him and apologizing for his abuse of the trust of those around him. At the time of his death, some 3 months later, he was undergoing a "one-year leave from all ministerial functions" as part of church-imposed discipline.
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Whether through our own fallen temperament, willful disobedience, or as victims of the hurtful actions of others, many of us struggle with crippling emotions, among them perfectionism, depression, and low self-worth. The pain of such emotions is often present with us even though the incidents and relationships that caused the hurt may be long past. Healing for Damaged Emotions , first published in and since translated into over 15 languages, has helped over a million readers worldwide deal honestly and successfully with their inner hurts. Through the realistic, scriptural approach that Dr. David Seamands brings to this deeply personal subject, you too can find healing -- and then become an agent of healing for other strugglers. I read this book over 20 years ago when I was going through a divorce and separation due to different kinds of abuse. It was so helpful to me that I gave away my copy to someone else who needed it
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John Wimber , David Yonggi Cho , Robert Schuller , and Norman Vincent Peale are some of the well-known pop psychological practitioners of inner healing, but it has spread widely in so- called evangelical circles in a more sophisticated form through such "Christian" psychologists as David Seamands , H. Norman Wright, and James G. Friesen, as well as a number of lay therapists like Fred and Florence Littauer. Inner healing therapies are offshoots of Freudian and Jungian theories rooted in the occult. They have destructively impacted secular society for decades and are now taking their devastating toll within the professing Church.