I’ve read a couple of Stephen Arterburn books. Since I believe that Healing is a Choice I chose to give tHealing is a Choice a read.
The author explores 10 choices that he believes we need to make if we are to experience genuine and lasting healing.
1. The Choice to Connect your life
Lie – All I need to heal is just God and me.
2. The Choice to Feel your life
Lie – Real Christians should have peace in all circumstances
3. The Choice to Investigate Your Life in Search of Truth
Lie – It does no good to look back or look inside
4. The Choice to Heal Your Future
Lie – Time Heals all wounds
5. The Choice to Help Your Life
Lie – I can figure this out myself
6. The Choice to Embrace Your Life
Lie – If I just act like there is no problem it will go away
7. The Choice to Forgive
Lie – Forgiveness is only for those who deserve it or earn it
8. The Choice to Risk Your Life
Lie – I must protect myself from anymore pain
9. The Choice to Serve
Lie – Until I am completely healed and strong, there is no place for me to serve God.
10. The Choice to Preserve
Lie – There is no hope for me.
Originally published in 2005, the new 2011 edition included the Healing Is a Choice Workbook?The workbook provides a question and answer sections at the end of each chapter so you don’t have to buy a separate workbook.
For example, the Sixth Choice: The Choice to Embrace Your Life and corresponding Sixth Big Lie: “If I just act as if there is no problem, it will finally go away” has the following workbook questions:
1. Can you remember a time in your life when you were forced to face a situation that seemed overwhelming and out of control? Describe how you felt in the space provided.
2. How did you “face it”?
3. How did you recover?
1. Recall a time in your life when an undesired reality was thrust upon you. Perhaps it was a sudden, severe illness in your family, or even a death. Maybe it was the loss of a job, a divorce, or financial failure. How did you feel?
2. How did you respond to the event? Did you reject it at first or try to deny it was happening to you?
3. Have you been able to embrace it? If so, how long did it take? Or, are you still in the process of accepting and embracing it?
4. Since you embraced the new reality in your life, how have you felt?
Arterburn offers his readers practical methodology and applicable tips, but there are no quick fixes; his compassionate approach appeals to me and will appeal to most readers.