Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Family members hurt us. Friends betray us. Fellow Christians deceive us. But Jesus provides a path through the pain—the Lord’s Prayer.
In The Wall Around Your Heart, Mary DeMuth shows you that you can reach wholeness and healing in the aftermath of painful relationships by following the road map of the Lord’s Prayer. You’ll walk through story after story of hurt people who are led through biblical truth into amazing, life-sustaining, joyful growth.
Life is hard. People can be mean and petty and awful. But they can also be amazing and beautiful and sacrificial. God is good. He is faithful. You can trust him with your relationships. “He’ll send people to call out what is hard in your heart,” Mary shares. “And that’s a gift to you.”
Allow God to access the wall around your heart. Dare to say, “Tear down the bricks, Lord, whatever it takes.” Pray first. Ask for bravery—for yourself and for others. Risk engaging despite your hurt. Seek the shelter of Jesus.
You don’t have to resign yourself to your wounds! You can rise above the pain. You’ll usher in a new life—an openhearted way of relating to others that expands the kingdom of God. In the process, you’ll draw closer to Jesus, be healed, and become an agent of healing to others.
Let me start out by saying that the main reason I didn't enjoy this book was because it wasn't really applicable for my life. The main focus of the book was recovering from damaged relationships and I honestly haven't really experienced any. I have had two close friends in my nineteen years, the first I've had since birth (our mom's became friends while pregnant with us so we were destined to be friends) and the second I've had since I was 10. I am still friends with both of them now. And I was blessed to be raised in a loving and Christian family so I honestly have not really experienced much if any in regards to relational pain. That all being said I can see how this book could be helpful to those who have gone through tough relationships. Other than wishing that there were a little less of the author's personal stories I really didn't find anything wrong with the book it just wasn't for me!
About the Author
Mary DeMuth is an author and speaker who loves to help people live uncaged, freedom-infused lives. She’s the author of fourteen books, including six novels and her critically acclaimed memoir, Thin Places. After church planting in Southern France, Mary, her husband, and their three teenagers now live in a suburb of Dallas. Find out more at marydemuth.com
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.