Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Book Review: Healing is a Choice by Stephen Arterburn

I'm reviewing a copy of Healing is a Choice that is the book plus the workbook. For the sake of this review, I've decided to just read the book and look over the workbook without writing in it. If I found the book to seem helpful, I'd go through the workbook or give it to someone who might need it.

Healing is a Choice presents 10 choices Arterburn believes all people who want healing (primarily focusing on emotional/spiritual healing) should face and decide. Each of the choices is a chapter, along with a 'big lie'. The 10 choices are the choices to connect to your life, to feel your life, to investigate your life in search of Truth, to heal your future, to help your life, to embrace your life, to forgive, to risk your life, to serve, and to persevere.

Since I don't mean to have the world's longest review I'll just give you a few reflections: He brings an air of clinical detachment to his writing that just rubs me the wrong way. However, I do think his book can be helpful to those who are seeking healing. I do think he presumes too much, and I imagine him going around clucking his tongue under his breath when he sees people he doesn't think have "chosen healing".  But, I also think those who apply themselves to the ten choices he's presented will likely find emotional/spiritual healing. He does address physical healing as well, but he is also not (thank God) a prosperity gospel preacher, and acknowledges sometimes our healing will come in heaven. But we should seek healing here, because God definitely does heal physically on earth sometimes.

Overall, this is a pretty good book.

I got this book for free from booksneeze in exchange for my unbiased review.

Personally, I'd also like to refer my readers to the story of Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan and grandson of Saul, found in 2 Sam 9. As a five year old child he was crippled in the flight from his home when he heard his dad and grandpa had been slaughtered and his nurse was afraid he'd be next. When he was a man, he was called before the king, David. He came terrified, and fell on his face. After all, he was the son of the son of the former king: wouldn't David want to kill him to insure no one would threaten his right to the throne, as Mephibosheth's uncle tried?

Instead David told him to not be afraid and get up. Because of his covenant with his friend Jonathan, he restored Saul's land and servants to Mephibosheth and his son Mica. The story ends with 'Now he was crippled in both feet.'  Mephibosheth never recieved healing on earth, but he ate at the table of the king for the rest of his life. Seek healing, but remember, if you've got Christ, you've got a treasure far greater, forever. And as Arterburn acknowledges, we'll all have complete healing in Heaven.

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