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At some point, we all suffer disappointment, rejection, injustice, and loss. Such suffering can paralyze us, leaving us broken inside and merely going through the motions outside. Whether we remain stuck in these negative patterns or move forward is determined in large part by our resilience.
A professional counselor for twenty years, Donna Gibbs shares the secrets of building resilience that will change your experience of suffering. She offers practical tools and effective coping strategies to deal with whatever life throws your way so you can move through suffering--and come out stronger on the other side.
Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Concise and compassionate, Becoming Resilient takes our most common question when tragedy strikes--Why?--and replaces it with the healthier, more productive question, What next? A professional Christian counselor for 20 years, author Donna Gibbs draws on her experience helping clients get unstuck, sharing secrets for building resilience that will change readers' experience of suffering. She offers practical tools and effective coping strategies to deal with whatever life throws their way so they can move through suffering--and come out stronger on the other side.
debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Becoming Resilient ~ Donna GibbsNovember 5, 2017debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book covers any type of suffering that you have in life. Donna gives stories and examples from real people and how to deal with the suffering of grief, being stuck, sadness and life's everyday let downs. Each chapter gives solutions and "so called homework" (questions) to do soul searching and work through the issues.
I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to have solutions to problems in a practical way and being able handle your feelings when you are grieving. This is an easy read, each chapter is about a 5 minute read and the time for the questions depends on how much you want to put into it. This is not a book that you can just pick up and read, if you want the most you will take your time reading this and think over what each chapter says for your life. I loved the simplicity and truthfulness of this book, very helpful!
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Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Great book for anyone suffering or even counselorsSeptember 23, 2017Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There are many books on suffering and it is hard to set yourself apart as an author when you are addressing this topic. One thing is certain: suffering will come to absolutely every one of us. There is no escaping it.
To be honest, seeing that the forward was written by Gary Chapman made me want to read it. I respect him as an author, so I knew that he would only put his name on the best books.
In my opinion, Donna Gibbs did an excellent job setting herself apart from the other authors who have addressed this topic. I loved the real-life examples. It made the book so personable to me. I'm not currently in a season of suffering, but have come out of a year of intense suffering. It was wonderful to read the stories and I could see which person I most identified with.
Chapters 2 and 3 were great chapters that no a lot of people address. We say it's okay to grieve, but there are many who get stuck in grieving. When we don't understand the "why" and so desperately want to know, we become stuck. Especially when it's all we can think about. She gave some wonderful examples of people who have become stuck through this exact reason.
My favorite part was Part 2 of the book. It addressed the issue of getting unstuck and building reilience. She spends six chapters addressing the ways that you can best learn to move on. Chapter 4 is how we need to acknowledge our suffering. In it, she tells a heartwrenching story of a woman who had an abortion and she absolutely could not get past it. It carried with her for years until she acknowledged the pain that her family had forced her into.
Chapter 5 is that we need to tell the whole story. Her example was from a man whose wife had committed suicide. I loved how she said we don't often want to talk ill of someone who has died, but in some cases, it's needed so we can tell the whole story.She tells the story of Scott who had faced suffering twice in his life in such an intense way. He loses his daughter in such a horrible way, yet he doesn't become stuck in his grief because of his faith. He chose to still sing praises to God in the midst of his "Red Sea" moments.
Chapter 6 is considering a different angle. She shares about her Honduran friend taught her that we needed to redefine suffering. So often, we just need another perspective in our suffering and pain.
Chapter 7 is balancing emotional boundaries. This chapter threw me for a loop because I thought she was going to discuss about setting up boundaries with others. However, she talks about the destructive thoughts in her mind. How do we describe ourselves vs. how God describes us. These are often two totally different viewpoints and we tend to believe most how we describe ourselves.
Chapter 8 addresses how to maintain healthy relationships. Oftentimes, suffering gives us tunnel vision and all we can see is ourselves and the pain. She reminds her readers that we need the church and we need each other. So don't shy away from those you need. Embrace them and search them out.
Chapter 9 is on practicing self-care. You have to stay well during your suffering, even if your heart is broken. It's so easy to forget about ourselves, but we must remember to sleep, eat, laugh, exercise, journal, obsess about Jesus, and all of those other things that help us heal.
Part 3 is about turning our healing into thriving. Suffering is a terrible part of life. But if we remain stuck in that, we will never thrive. It's impossible. We must learn to thrive and see the big picture through God's eyes, not our finite eyes.
This book on suffering is one that is definitely encouraging. She doesn't make light of suffering and yet, you still come away feeling like you've just sat on the couch and talked to your counselor or your best friend. If you or someone you know is suffering, give them this book to read. They will know when they're ready to read it for themselves.
I received this book free from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A great book for those sufferingSeptember 20, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As a professional Christian counselor, Gibbs has seen the deep pain suffered because of tragedy. She offers her practical thoughts on how to make it through that pain. This book contains a wealth of information and good suggestions.
Many have tried to explain why a good God allows suffering. I like what Gibbs concludes. "I have come to the conclusion that God allows some suffering in our lives to expose the fullness of His character - His love and mercy, His compassion and concern, His forgiveness and redemption, His grace." (Loc 111/2666) That really makes sense to me. We could not know those aspects of God without suffering.
I like Gibbs' suggestion that we move beyond the "why." Getting stuck there is fruitless. She helps us see the causes of suffering and its various kinds. She reminds us that Scripture tells us suffering will be part of our Christian life. We need practical help in experiencing the suffering, coming through it well.
She helps us identify the kind of behavior that gets us stuck in coping. I appreciated her identifying behavior that is a normal reaction to abnormal events but when we stay in that behavior, it turns into a psychological dysfunctional state creating further suffering. She has good information and suggestions for developing the right coping skills.
She includes many illustrations of people who have made it through suffering and came out well on the other side. She also includes biblical illustrations and some of her own experience of suffering. The stories are positive examples of people who allowed their suffering to be used for a greater purpose.
Gibbs assigns homework to her patients and she does the same in this book. She also includes application questions. She suggests we discuss these questions with a trusted friend.
I highly recommend this book to those who are suffering and are ready to allow God to use it for good. You'll read many encouraging stories and be offered practical suggestions to help you get unstuck and get through to living with resilience. Gibbs is clear that this will take work. This book will inspire you and help you on your path.
Food for thought: "If you want resilience, giving up is simply not an option." (Loc 2089/2666)
More food for thought: "Remember, God ultimately provides our resilience. We simply cooperate." (Loc 2289/2666)
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.