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