BOOK REVIEW: Help for the Fractured Soul, by Candyce Roberts

Thinking I was about to read a typical book on emotional healing, I picked up Help for the Fractured Soul: Experiencing Healing and Deliverance from Deep Trauma, by Candyce Roberts.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  The book is a gutsy advocate for therapeutic intervention of those who have experienced trauma at the hands of others – often thru ritual and repeated abuse.  It speaks to those dealing with multiple personalities, and related disorders caused by such abuse.  This book is not for the faint of heart, although I thought the author’s portrayal of such true scenarios was gracious and tender.  A simple approach of prayer, coupled with quiet compassion and the expression of trust, are key elements of this author’s healing process. I ended the book in respect for the humility and love this author has shown to some really tough patients/clients.  I would highly recommend it to any pastor seeking knowledge and hope in this area of ministry to a small but tortured (and often hidden) set of members of any congregation.

This review was in return for my receipt of an advance copy of this book from Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group, thru Bethany House Publishers. My thoughts are my own.

 

Resources:

Candyce Roberts

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BOOK REVIEW: As One Devil to Another, Richard Platt with giveaway!

In a great compliment of imitation, Richard Platt has written the satirical As One Devil To Another.  C.S. Lewis would be pleased, I believe, to see the continuation of his ‘devilish’ style, in which more modern allusions are presented as instruments of evil towards “the humans,” and the hierarchy of fiends is set in academia.

Written from the perspective of Uncle and Mentor, Slashreap, in friendly letters to his newly graduated nephew Scardagger, instructing him in the arts of “acquiring the soul of your first client for His Infernal Majesty,” it follows the various methods and tools used to turn the heart of a young agnostic away from faith.  Following her growth is a secondary theme, while the first (that of guiding Scardagger in the use of his recently aquired training at Temptation University) brings up many examples of twisted thinking.  For example:

“Lassitude is a kind of Hellish Inertia.  We convince our clients that the Way of the Adversary is too hard, or better still, impossible, without ever allowing them to try it.  Hard it certainly is.  The Adversary makes no secret of it.  But the dangerous truth is that He promises to help them.”

In such a manner, all sorts of topics are reviewed for the nephew’s training & instruction in fiendishness, while the young client continues her path, blissfully unaware of the Heavenly battle raging around her.  A twist in the final plot gave me delight, while the entire book was so compelling I finished it in one sitting.  I will keep the copy though – it begs to be re-read, shared and quoted.  I found it stimulated my thinking, providing a fresh warning (against lassitude, among other temptations!), and clever reminders of the seriousness of our walk here on earth.  While the book is fiction, and has no resemblance to the frantic pace of Peretti’s book, Piercing the Darkness, it is a strong guard against insipid faith.

I highly recommend this book, and am grateful for the opportunity of writing this review for Tyndale in return for my copy.

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Further Resources:

Richard Platt

C. S. Lewis

Screwtape Letters

Book Review: Hidden Affections, by Delia Parr

Annabelle Tyler is rifle-butted into a marriage with the local rake, Harrison Graymoor, in this Christian Romance quick-read Hidden Affections, by Delia Parr.  Despite its rough beginning, she manages to maintain her faith, and pursue godliness within a farce of a relationship, until reality begins to change.  Although this is not my preferred fiction, Delia Parr (beautiful website, too) has quickly become my favorite author of this genre, with her pleasing blend of light romance, character development, and true Christian faith within a gripping storyline.  I loved Annabelle, with her spunky speech and caring actions, while Harrison slowly won me over, and the gritty housekeeper Irene ‘had me at hello’.  Even minor characters found depth, and the story concludes delightfully.  I was left wanting more of Parr’s fiction, if not more of these characters.  If you have read Janette Oke, or Francine Rivers, (my ultimate contemporary favorites), you will find a favorite here.

I received a beautiful copy I will be keeping for myself, in exchange for this review completed for Bethany House Publishers.  You may join also! click here.