I didn't know what to first expect, when I started reading, "Walking into Walls:5 Blind Spots that Block God's Work in You".
Was it self-help?
Is it a motivational?
What blind spots are we even talking about, but as I begun to read through Stephen Arterburn's book, I was impressed by, not just the style of writing, which was very laid back and conversational (always a good thing), but although this, like any book, is never a substitute for actual, face to face therapy, that is beneficial to work through whatever is on one's heart, "Walking into Walls:5 Blind Spots that Block God's Work in You", really helps begin the first steps toward identifying the walls, that we can put up in our lives, that not only hinder a productive, healthy living and relationships in our lives, but can also hinder our walk with God.
Now, does any of this sound like part of us, or all of us:
1. Stubborn resistance, and/or
2. Arrogant entitlement, and/or
3. Justifiable resentment, and/or
4. Disconnected isolation, and/or
5, Blind ignorance.
"Walking into Walls:5 Blind Spots that Block God's Work in You" isn't a book that is either condemning or difficult.
The reality is that , we all have, currently or may experience at some point in our lives,one or all of these blind spots and what Stephen Arterburn, does, is with gentle guidance, encouraging anecdotes that help us see how these "walls" can blind us without knowing and even understanding through Scripture, really helps the reader, no matter how small or big the circumstances in their lives, deal with these walls, that we put up in our lives.
Currently the book is available in hardback and there is a study guide for readers to work at their own pace or with a study group and readers will find, that the book is very easy reading, yet conveys a very powerful message that we don't have to be held back by past experiences that contribute to the walls and blind spots that we carry into our present and sometimes into our futures.
I like the illustrations that Stephen Arterburn makes, blending both scripture and pop culture that really helps us identify with the examples he conveys about the walls that are built up and with them, the blind spots that can keep us from seeing what holds us captive and at the same time allowing God to do the dynamic work, HE wants to do with us and give us the future He has planned.
As shared, I started this book out with hesitation, due to, it's easy to try to offer easy solutions that are not often applicable to hard situations, and "Walking Into Walls" doesn't do this, nor does this promise to "fix your life, your car, your relationships", but instead is about getting to the beginning steps that are needed to move forward in one's life.
The interesting thing is that, there is a realization that we all carry walls and blind spots in our lives, that either we maybe aware of or just try to conveniently ignore and with the writing style of Stephen Arterburn, he really helps break down ways we can discover those walls and blind spots without it being a "log confrontation".
The reading, is in itself, just a 135 pages with the study guide that is included, taking up a good half of the other book, but from the study guide itself, its both a mixture of using Scripture for reference and growth as a Christian, and self-discovery at the same time.
The book makes then, for not only a good personal time reading, but when read in a group study, a great character growth journey, with others who may feel like they are "stuck" in the same patterns.
It really opens up to questions we may have about feeling insecure, maybe dealing with past issues, just being brave to take on new directions in life.
For all the hesitations I had going into the book initially, I came out of it, really finding this to be, for a "short book", very impressive. It's very impressive, because there are "things" in all of us, that we can work on....not to be perfect, which is not possible or even healthy to try to attain, but so we can keep moving forward into having positive, healthy relationships and lives.
Stephen Arterburn's writing is emotional; He writes to connect with the reader and to speak directly to them and he definitely achieves that in, "Walking Into Walls", while at the same time, you get that feeling of, "Oh wow, he does get it", which many of times, there are those who do need to just hear that, not to be fixed or lectured, but to know....people do understand and the book achieves it on that level.
On another level, "Walking into Walls" helps bring a better understanding of how our experiences can both help and also hinder us and how to not let it become traps that keeps us in a bondage of bitterness,denial, lies and blindness that affects all areas of our lives and how we interact with other people and just how it can affect our own journeys.
The steps that are provided, are very practical and down to earth. Stephen Arterburn doesn't share anything that would seem impossible,but rather very plausible and workable.
So, overall, "Walking Into Walls" is great reading really for anyone who finds themselves feeling stagnant in their lives, or maybe finding themselves, either physically or mentally repeating unhealthy habits and actions that are keeping them from moving forward.
BRINGS YOU FACE TO FACE WITH YOURSELF AND DEALING WITH THE WALLS WE OURSELVES HAVE CREATED. WE ARE GOING THROUGH IT IN OUR SMALL GROUP CLASS AND IT IS OPEN AND HONEST AND BRINGS US ALL CLOSER TO UNDERSTANDING EACH OTHER AS WELL AS OURSELVES.
Do you long for a life of freedom? Do you think that circumstances beyond your control should continue to sabotage your life long after you've moved on? Do you continue to make poor choices out of stubborn resistance, self-centered entitlement, justifiable resentment, blind ignorance and disconnected isolation?
Arterburn walks us through the five prison walls that keep us from living the life we've always wantedâ€”a life of confidence and joy. If you are stuck in a dark place, Arterburn's advice in "Walking Into Walls" will help you get unstuck and help you distinguish between walls and personal boundaries.
An excellent resource for Christian counselors, "Walking Into Walls" also contains an interactive study guide and online content designed to help conquer self-defeating behavior, reactions and attitudes and make permanent changes that can affect your life and the lives of those around you permanently.
The main ingredient in Arterburn's advice in this book is honesty and willingness to deal with the issues that have built these prison walls in the first place. The study guide will walk you through the steps to take to foster healing. It is designed for personal study or as a tool between the reader and a trusted confidante, mentor or counselor.
Click here to learn more about Arterburn and "Walking Into Walls".
Stephen Arterburn is a teaching pastor, host of a nationally syndicated Christian counseling talk show, is founder and chairman of New Life Ministries, founder of Women of Faith conferences and an award-winning author of several books, including "Every Man's Battle" and "Toxic Faith".
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worthy Publishing, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Most people have walls - walls that we have been given by others or walls that we have built ourselves - that originated in our past, but no longer serve us well. Stephen Arterburn's new book provides tools that will help identify, understand, and move through, around, or over, those walls. Walls built in the past "block the work God wants to do". Weaving scripture and personal stories together to make for a powerful resource to help those of us keeping walls in place to face them squarely.
Walking Into Walls by Stephen Arterburn reminds me of the "bibliotherapy" I discovered 20 years ago. It helped me then, it helped me again - reminding me of ideas and principles that made a difference in my life. Though I expected to read a good book; I ended up reading a helpful book. Perhaps it will help others as well.
This review is based on an electronic review copy of the book provided by the publisher.