Healing is a Choice: Revised EditionStephen Arterburn
From chronic physical pain to deep emotional hurts, we are all, at some level, in need of healing. And healing, writes author Stephen Arterburn, is a choice, although not our choice - it is God's choice. While that may lead us to understand that healing is out of our hands, ... Read More
In this revised edition of Healing is a Choice: Ten Decisions That Will Transform Your Life and the Ten Lies That Can Prevent You from Making Them, Arterburn offers a unique combination of book and workbook, outlining ten choices crucial to receiving healing. Embracing these choices means rejecting the lies we often tell ourselves. These are not hoops God requires you to jump through to earn your miracle; they form, instead, the journey He desires for you. He can - and will - walk with you. But you must put one foot in front of the other and choose to let the hurt go and let the healing begin.
Page Count: 480
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Oct 12, 2011
- UPC: 9780785232438
- Height: 1.5
- Width: 5.9
- Length: 8.9
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 457
- Publish Date: Nov 7, 2011
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL036540 , SEL031000"
- ISBN: 0785232435
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- Healing is a Choice--Read it with a Friend/Mentor by Hephzibah on 3/25/2012
“Healing Is A Choice - Ten Decisions That Will Transform Your Life & Ten Lies That Can Prevent You From Making Them” by Stephen Arterburn
I have enjoyed listening to Stephen Arterburn over the years on the radio. That, along with my inclination to read “self-help,” “healing” books and working through my own healing struggles, were the reasons I chose to review this book. (I’m always looking for a book that will help me on my journey to learn how to overcome “roadblocks” in the path of Kingdom living.)
This book was difficult for me to read. Perhaps it is the time of life I am in, the deep content, or the format of the book (as it has a built in study guide), which slowed me down. Also, the fact that I was working through it alone and I would recommend that you go through it with a friend, mentor/counselor. One of the things I like about Stephen Arterburn is that he is “down to earth”–relatable. It is written as though we are all on this journey together. You could “hear” the pain and sorrow of Stephen’s journey…at times I almost felt as though I was listening in on a private conversation. I understand that he was saying these things to show us all that no one is exempt from the trials of life.
The question he posed; “Do you want to get well?” Seemed like a “Well, duh…” question, but I remember Jesus asking that of the man by the healing pool of Bethesda who had been there for 38 years. So perhaps it isn’t such a dumb question. This in mind, I saw the question, “What is holding me back from my healing?”
That is the question that this book intends to answer. The chapters are laid out siting the steps on the pathway to healing and the lies that can keep us from apprehending those choices. Though some chapters brought up frustration and anger in my heart, others brought hope. It was refreshing to read about needing to “feel” our lives…and not wear the mask or pretend. (Something I rarely hear Christians affirm.) I found the chapter on serving gave me the most hope. I had heard this before, but not really believed it. Now I am understanding the importance of reaching out past our weaknesses to help others. (This after we have reached a measure of healing, but not necessarily complete healing.) He spoke of “secret powers” (another name for gifts that God gives us) to help others. Some of the chapters really “hit the mark” for me, while others seemed to dredge up bad feelings and frustrations.
The best way, in my opinion, to read this book is with someone who can help you work through those things that it stirs up.
I give this book 3/5 stars***
This book was given to me free of charge by Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review.