I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Healing is a Choice by Stephen Arterburn

An updated version of Stephen Arterburn’s bestselling book, Healing is a Choice: Ten Decisions That Will Transform Your Life and Ten Lies That Can Prevent You From Making Them, delves into the Biblical basis for healing.  God is the one who heals, but individuals must choose to let go of their hurt and allow healing to take place, whether it’s physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

 Originally published in 2005, the revised book now includes a full workbook integrated with the chapters. Each section offers a choice (ie, “Do You Want to Get Well?”), a Scripture verse, and exercises, which are appropriate for personal or group use.

The real-life stories showcased throughout the book—including the author’s own painful divorce—help identify ten choices individuals must make to receive healing.  These choices are not a legalistic checklist required for healing, but rather ways to become more self-aware and forward-moving.

The book is easy to read, though its size can be intimidating. I appreciated the positive affirmation at the book’s end, which can help train one’s brain to dwell on life’s positives rather than negatives.

I believe the book can prove helpful for anyone, but should not necessarily take the place of counseling.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.

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