Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Healing Resources (31 Days of Healing in Him)

I remember sitting dismayed on the side of my bed. Sadness had enveloped me and my body was wracked with sobs. A wave of terrible hopelessness and despair threatened to drag me under, like a rip current after a storm at sea.

What was wrong with me?

The burden of my secret wounds had become too much to bear. After 20 years of denial, it was time to seek help and face my past. It was the only way.

Counseling became an opportunity to speak the pain I was holding onto. To receive objective insights that began a healing process in my life.

If counseling was the cake then books became the icing, opening more doors for God to heal my heart. 

Here are a handful that made a real impact on me.

  • Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
  • Not Marked: Finding Hope & Healing After Sexual Abuse (and study guide) by Mary DeMuth http://www.marydemuth.com/store/find-healing-joy/marked-paperback/
  • The Wounded Heart by Dr. DanAllender
  • On the Threshold of Hope by Dr. Diane Langberg
  • Undefiled: Redemption from Sexual Sin, Restoration for Broken Relationships by Harry Schaumburg

Here are some other books that had a strong impact on others I know.
  • Wounded by God’s People: Discovering How God’s Love Heals Our Hearts by Anne Graham Lotz
  • Changes that Heal by Dr. Henry Cloud & John Townsend
  • Safe People (How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren’t) by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
  • When a Woman You Love Was Abused: A Husband's Guide to Helping Her Overcome Childhood Sexual Molestation by Dawn Scott Jones

Counseling can be expensive, but is a worthwhile option when dealing with issues that are too complicated to work through on your own. I don't believe I would be where I am today without it.

Are there books that have helped you? Feel free to share them in the comments.

This is a post from my 31 days of Healing in Him series. You can find all the posts in this series here, updated each day in October. Category: Inspirational & Faith #write31Days

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