I could not say enough how much I loved this book!
December 14, 2013
VV Boutique Style
Why did I choose this book:
Anne Graham Lotz is Billy Graham's daughter so she gets immediate cred in my opinion. Then I noticed that the forward is by Beth Moore and that sealed the deal. I knew it would be an invaluable read. Lotz uses the story of Hagar and Ishmael from Genesis to weave her story towards the redeeming power of Jesus to bind up our wounds and heal the brokenhearted.
"...the evidence of her forgiveness would be when she could love the wounders as God loved them."
- It was surprising to me to learn that someone like Lotz could have experienced wounding at the hand of other Christians, but after reading the book, I realize this is a very common experience.
- Lotz's emphasis throughout the book is to move past wounds into true healing. She doesn't just talk the talk; she has walked the walk and she gives specific ideas of how you can find healing.
- Focusing on your wounds, nursing them and holding onto them doesn't "punish" the wounder but only keeps you stuck in blindness, bitterness and unforgiveness, which is exactly opposite of what the Bible commands.
- Lotz gently helps the reader to examine both the wounds you've experienced and inflicted (on others and yourself). She even helps readers understand that sometimes God not only allows wounds but wounds us in order to "prune" us, forcing us into new growth and fruitfulness.
- Lotz emphasizes that wounds don't heal themselves nor do we have the power to heal our own wounds; we need to turn to God for true healing. She also emphasizes that there is no expiration date on God's offer to heal us. Anytime, anywhere, anyhow, He is ready when we are. He is standing by waiting for us to call on Him to experience the full blessing of His presence.
- Instead of focusing on our circumstances, Lotz encourages readers to focus on God's Word and God's character.
My copy of this book is covered in underlines, stars, double underlines and boxes! I could not say enough how much I loved it. I don't even want to put it on my bookshelf, but think I might need to keep it handy for easy reference! Though I think God prepared me to be able to hear and accept the messages in this book, I also liked when Lotz noted that "wounds can be healed. Quickly. You don't necessarily need years of therapy and counseling." Not that those aren't valuable too, but just in case, why not pick up a copy of this book as a starting point towards healing, joy and peace?!
Highly recommend this book to anyone who's been wounded by someone who calls themselves a Christian, or been a wounder also... sheds excellent light on the topic & points you directly to the God of all mercy & comfort!
It is a very sad commentary that a book by this title and subject needs written - but it does, and Anne has done a very good job of sharing this truth. The good news is that God knows, and He will use even the wounds inflicted by fellow believers to work good in our lives.