BOOK REVIEW: Healing is a Choice, by Stephen Arterburn

Despite my misgivings of the title, Healing is a Choice  is not a quick-fix manual, in the style of certain tele-evangelists.  Stephen Arterburn writes his most current tome in a conversational manner, workbook style.  I was pleased to find a wealth of thoughtful material, presented for normal, hurting Christians, about topics that the mainstream Christian church typically shies away from.

Presented in a 10-chapter format, where healing choices contrast with the lies that have been sold to us, Mr. Arterburn does not avoid the painful elements of life when discussing either his own story or those of others he has counseled on his daily radio show.  The version I reviewed contained workbook pages with each chapter – an essential part of this book.  Not for gift-giving, (unless you are a counselor), but personal growth in subjects like “The Choice to Feel Your Life,” in chapter 2, contrasted with the lie that “Real Christians should have a real peace in all circumstances.”  This hit home: while going through my own painful journey, I heard this lie – usually from smiling people without the depth of a healing process.  In contrast, the knowledge that my emotional pain was valid became liberating, and brought me (slowly) to peace and forgiveness.  With every chapter, I sensed a need for deeper study, which is why this review has taken so long (I am still not finished, but I hope you get the gist: excellent stuff here!).

In Mr. Arterburn’s words: “Your healing may be physical or it may be emotional and it could be spiritual.  I don’t know what God has for you. I am confident, however, that if you make the healing choices presented here and counter the lies you need to stop living, you will experience some level of healing to a new degree.” (intro,p.15)  In every page, every chapter and especially in the workbook pages, you are encouraged to make this a spiritual healing, by interacting with our grace-filled Saviour.

My hope is that this book is the fuel for your joyful living!

I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review, as part of the Booksneeze review blogger group.  You can join also!  Just click on the button at your right.

Resources:

Stephen Arterburn’s online radio presence : New Life Live Show

Christianbook.com’s listing of his written works

Amazon’s page: Stephen Arterburn

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3 responses

  1. A Christian Help Hotline Resulted From
    This One Book and The Help It Gave
    I was at a Women of Faith Conference and heard Steve Arterburn speak. I was hurting at the time. I found his words to be like salve to my open wounds. During the break, I looked at the chapter titles of his book and each one spoke to my broken heart. His circumstances were very different from mine, but I realized that I could make some choices that would allow healing to begin. We began a group at our church called, Healing is a Choice, and out of it came lives that were changed and healed. Many went on to help, encourage, teach and support others. Others went on to be a part of a support ministry called Christian Help Hotline. The website is http://christianhelphotline.com… They are the Survivors. They found freedom from their painful circumstances and now offer Hope to other Christians who want to Heal. His book has impacted the lives of many people in our community. God used it as one of the ways He brought healing into my life. We found when one person can be transparent with their life, their failures and the work that God is doing, it encourages others. A whole lot of good came from that one Women of Faith Conference and this book.

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