1 Stars Out Of 5
Simplistic Answers about Complex Issue
October 18, 2010
As the very first Christian resource on self-injury, this booklet accomplished a lot: it brought the issue to light for Christians. As the first resource that could've set the standard and as a potential tool for healing, this booklet falls drastically short. The author writes from a biblical-counseling perspective (the perspective that thinks all the answers to all life's problems can be directly found within the pages of the Bible) and ignores decades of psychological research.
While the booklet accurately assesses the reasons WHY people give for wanting to self-injure, it reduces their reasons to one: it's all about God. On some level, that may be true, but many things point directly to things in our past. Once we recognize what causes us to act in certain ways, only then can we begin utilizing God's help to overcome our faulty behaviors. And this help can come in many forms: Bible reading, medication, prayer, counseling, talking with family and friends, etc. Prayer and Bible reading are not, as the author suggests, the ONLY answer; they are a PART of the answer. For a different perspective in short, booklet form, see "Cutting: Self-Injury and Emotional Pain." Otherwise, see Jerusha Clark's "Inside a Cutter's Mind" or Jan Kern's "Scars That Wound, Scars That Heal."