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Hurt Healer: Reaching Out to a Broken World - eBook
Baker Books / 2010 / ePub
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Tony Nolan knows what it means to be hurt. Growing up with a verbally and physically abusive father tore a rift in his heart that only time and Jesus could heal. In HurtHealer, he explores the Parable of the Good Samaritan, and shows how God calls us to serve the world from a place of dependence of Him. Learn how to become a hurthealer, and live for Christ with authenticity and passion.
Ours is a generation of brokenness. Personal and global strife has led many to question the existence of a loving God--or of a God at all. Drawing from his own story of brokenness and redemption, evangelist Tony Nolan wants to change all that. In this stirring call to walk the talk, Nolan calls on Christians to be modern-day Good Samaritans, not so they can pat themselves on the back, but so that they can model the love of Christ in a hurting world.
From the foreword by Johnny Hunt:
"If there was ever a generation or a time in history when people were in need of hope, it is now. This book has the potential to touch a generation not only in America but literally all over the world as we consider that the deepest need, the deepest hurt, and the deepest wounds can only be healed in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ."
An injured man lies bleeding on a dirt road. Two men walk past--one stops to help. The Good Samaritan is not a new character, but in the hands of pastor-speaker Nolan the story becomes contemporary and applicable to even the most terrifying situations. Nolan stresses the need for Christians in particular to put life on hold to help someone in need. To help readers slow down their thoughts and lives, he forces readers to pause after each chapter by asking questions to stimulate reflection on his message. Incorporating his version of the Good Samaritan parable into recycled tales that tell of others' redemption, the author demonstrates the reward of halting to help. Although some of his anecdotes about others sound unoriginal, Nolan is best when recalling his own painful past, with physical abuse, drug use, and suicide attempts. His childhood memories are haunting and violent, but when toned down with a witty, hopeful voice, the author becomes a living example of hurt man turned hurt healer. His forward-thinking optimism inspires action without inducing guilt, a recipe that should "fling open the locked hearts of those who are indifferent." (Sept.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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