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MASTERS @ SPRING ARBOR UNIVERSITY ★★★★★ 5 of 5
FIVE STARS ★★★★★ 5 of 5
BOOK is POWERFUL and TRANSFORMATIVE ★★★★★ 5 of 5
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'Just pray more and read your Bible more.'
That in a nutshell seems to be the common, well-intended default advice for people who have become Christians, but still struggle with many of the same emotional issues that plagued them as unbelievers. However, if the above-referenced prescription was "the answer", we'd all be rid of our emotional baggage by now. Sadly, many of us are not. Being human, sometimes we need that tangible "loving touch of the hand of God" (tangible in a spiritual sense anyway) to help us get over the proverbial hump. Memorizing another Bible verse or reading another chapter of Scripture has not "done it" and is likely not going to "do it", as much as we wish and hope it will.
This book deals with the concept of inner healing for Believers; in short, a method of essentially "tapping in" to the insights of the Holy Spirit - and the power of God - to get to the root of long-standing struggles (of various types) weed them out, and ultimately become free of them. The concept and techniques are somewhat theologically controversial and not without their detractors, who feel among other things that inner healing as articulated in books like this is nothing more than people using their imagination to "picture" God doing something (in this case, healing) that He may - or may not - actually be doing.
Overall, this may well be the best book on the subject I personally have come across. It lays out the concept quite effectively. That being said, I have had no real success with the method of inner healing as expressed in this, or the other similar books I have read on the topic.
Is the the approach a valid one? Some people swear by it and say it quite literally changed their lives. The results claimed by advocates warrant our attention. For me though, it has yielded no real spiritual fruit.”
GREAT BOOK ★★★★★ 5 of 5
I very much recommend this to anyone who is willing to let God get at his or her broken areas.”
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS IN GENRE ★★★★★ 5 of 5
especially for non-charismatics ★★★★★ 5 of 5
A CLASSIC in MY LIBRARY ★★★★★ 5 of 5
Rusty Rustenbach's “A Guide for Listening and Inner-Healing Prayer” has been instrumental in guiding our small group into a greater awareness of God's desire to speak deeply into our lives. As we've learned how to better listen to God, and as we've learned more about His desire to heal past wounding in our lives, God has brought healing to some, a renewed hope for intimacy with the Father for others and an increased desire for all of us to listen to His voice. I believe that this guide can best be used by a small group whose members truly desire to hear God's voice and experience inner healing in new ways.”
Overall, this book has a nice structure and provides thought-provoking questions which I fell has challenged myself to improve my walk with Christ. This is an excellent self-help resource for Christians who want to improve their spiritual life with Christ.”