Thursday, May 19, 2016

Book Review: Surprised by the Healer

Title: Surprised by the Healer
Author:  Linda Dillow, Juli Slattery
Pages: 240 Pages
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: February 2nd 2016
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Source: Moody Publishing

This book is exactly what I needed, I am going to share something with you guys that I rarely talk about. It is the hard stuff, the stuff that we never want to talk about. I was raped as a teenager. It was a traumatizing experience that I feel I am constantly healing from.

This is the first and only book I have ever come across that tackles all of these intense topics. Things like pornography, rape, abortion, incest, and many other things. These are  taboo subjects that sometimes churches don't want to take on, life groups don't want to talk about it. It would be better to stuff in a closet or pretend like it doesn't exist. This book opens those closed doors, and tells women, your story matters. That with God everything is going to be okay. With God, those horrible parts of you, can be cleansed and made new.

I can't begin to express how important books like these are for women. This book is important because it is a subject matter that effects us all. We know women who have or are struggling with the deep pain of sexual brokenness.

I was overwhelmed reading the honesty that the pages contained. Women putting their heart out. I can certainly relate to some of these feelings, experiences, and lies these women believed at one time or another.

The most amazing thing about this book for me was that it captured real life stories from its front to back cover of real struggles. How their hurts and broken lives were mended. How God brought back hope into their lives. Hope that no matter what happens in life, Jesus sees all and still loves you.

There are some great quotes in this book. My favorites are listed below.

"God is more interested in strengthening my character than He is about making me happy." 

"There is nothing too broken for God to heal"

"Scars remind us where we have been, but they do not have to dictate where we are going"

I am so very thankful these women were brave enough to share their story with us. I hope you will check this book out. 

I received a copy from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.

Goodreads Book Description: 

An invitation to heal from sexual brokenness, Surprised by the Healer speaks comfort and courage to women who feel broken beyond repair. If that’s you, please know that God is the Healer, and He has invited you to find healing and wholeness in Him. Weaving together Scripture, the authors’ insights, and guest stories, Surprised by the Healer addresses questions like:

How can I heal from the trauma of sexual abuse?
What do I do with all the shame and fear that I feel? 
How can I have intimacy now that I’m divorced? 
What do I do if I’m addicted to pornography?
How can I have intimacy when sex is physically painful for me?
Linda Dillow and Dr. Juli Slattery, cofounders of Authentic Intimacy, have been writing and ministering to women in the church and clinical context for several decades. Their wisdom and experience overflow in this work to give you a trusted resource in journeying toward sexual healing. Includes a study guide for each chapter in the back of the book

Links: Moody/  Amazon / ChristianBook

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