Monday, January 2, 2012

Healing is a Choice - Book Review

Healing Is a Choice: 10 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life and 10 Lies That Can Prevent You From Making Them.  By Steve Arterburn.

I received this book from the publisher through booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.

Everyone, at some level, needs healing. In this book, Stephen Arterburn outlines ten choices crucial to receiving healing and ten lies that can prevent us from making them.  It includes workbook type questions at the end of each chapter.

When I chose this book I was very anxious to dig into it in hopes of finding a book rich in the word and spiritual direction.  I was disappointed.  As soon as I read the preface red flags began to go up.  I was instantly concerned about the author and his beliefs.  He talks of his divorce, but through out the book he tends to lay the blame on his wife and paint her in a negative light. 

Right from the beginning of chapter one I knew that this was not the book I had hoped for.  The author stresses over and over again that in order to get the healing you need you HAVE to connect with other people, to tell them about your problems, to get help from friends, family etc.  This I disagree with.  There is no biblical foundation for this.  If you have a support system of friends and family that is great, but not everyone has that.  There are some people that have no one.  Our trust, whether we have people to connect with or not needs to be in God.  He is all you need to receive your healing.  He has done it for me many times. God does hold back healing or give healing based on our relying on others.  We must rely on Him.

I did not feel as if the author gave much help or good advice at all for the healing process.  He includes lot of stories of other peoples problems and like I said before a lot concerning his divorce, but no real direction.  I would not recommend this book to anyone. 

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