5 Stars Out Of 5
Healing Devotional Guide, Great for People in Recovery
October 4, 2014
Letters from the Edge is an outstanding book, an incredible daily devotion with related, suggested journaling ideas and prayers. The authors write that people who have survived abuse, neglect, and other crises or tragedies as having PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in which the actual brain chemistry has changed due to the trauma endured. Going through daily life, those with PTSD encounter triggers that remind their subconscious of their initial trauma; these triggers can lead them to unwelcome physical and emotional changes, resulting in a fight or flight response. For all who have gone through these traumas and for their loved ones, there is good news. Shelly Beach and Wanda Sanchez, both victors through Christ of abuse, have written Letters from the Edge: Meditations for Those Struggling with Brokenness, Trauma, and the Pain of Life.
This twelve-week devotional is scripturally sound. After-effects of crises, abuse, trauma, loss, and addiction can wreak havoc on ones life for years decades to come, if untreated by the hands of our Lord. Letters from the Edge is excellent to use in conjunction with groups such as Celebrate Recovery, twelve-step groups, and when seeking Christian counsel. Devotions for many kinds of trauma are included, even for those struggling with the results of their choices that hurt themselves or others. After one has completed the twelve-week format, it can be used continually or as needed.
I found the daily format beneficial; days in weeks One through Ten begin with a scripture, then a detailed prayer or conversation with the Lord. This conversation is raw, honest, and to the point these daily conversations with the Lord help the reader open their heart and hurt to dialogue with the One who can bring healing. Following is what the authors could imagine as a response from the Lord, an echo of scripture, His love and grace. Hope on the Edge has questions or ideas to consider/ respond to, then Heart Cry concludes the days reading with petitions for what is needed as a result of what one learns from the days reading.
Weeks Eleven and Twelve begin with a scripture, and a letter as imagined by the authors from the Lord that is overwhelmingly full of His love and acceptance without addressing specific events in the readers life. Hope on the Edge and Heart Cry are also part of these days.
There is a weekend devotion for each of the twelve weeks that suggests an activity of one type or another that helps the reader find healing and a different perspective or way of handling remembrances of the event(s).
Appendices are essential reading, addressing the nature of PTSD and suggested treatment, assessment, resources, suggestions of addressing with ones doctor, suggestions for the friends, spouse, and Christian community of the one in recovery. There are several pages of very helpful scriptural affirmations, then a brief section on forgiveness and restoration.
I applaud the authors for pulling the covers from their own feelings and experiences, how they found healing, and pointing to our heavenly Physician who will lead each of us into recovery when and however needed, and graciously is with us each step (and feeling) of the way! I highly recommend this devotional book to anyone who has PTSD, anyone who is a survivor of abuse or neglect, or other trauma or crisis, and those in recovery. I also highly recommend this to anyone in a Christian pastoral ministry or counseling position, lay leaders including Celebrate Recovery and Stephen Ministry who serve those in various crises. It is incredibly helpful you may want to get additional copies, one for yourself and copies for friends!
I received a copy of this book through the For Readers Only group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.