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Publication Date: 2016
In Heart Made Whole, Christa Black Gifford shares her own stories of loss, betrayal, and personal tragedy, chronicling clear steps to redemption to help those in pain invite the true Healer into the tangled mess of their broken hearts. Gifford reminds readers that pain is not their enemy, however, unhealed pain can become their greatest foe if its not taken to Jesus.
Growing up as a preacher's kid, Gifford had been submerged in Christian culture for decades when she uncovered the truth--that there were broken parts of her heart that weren't on friendly terms with the God who lived inside. Through disappointments and traumas, she had learned to guard her heart from God, keeping her angry, entrapped, and disconnected. As struggles and hardships continued, she finally learned to run towards her relationship with God when things got hard, instead of running away from Him like she had in the past. The more that she did this--building her heart's capacity for intimacy and deep relationship--the more her heart began to heal from the inside-out. She teaches the reader to access the solution that's already living inside of them--the God who forever made their heart a home.
When trials and tragedy hit our lives in a fallen world, our hearts can get smashed to bits, and we end up putting God on trial and blaming Him for the mess. But Christa helps readers understand that they dont have to live controlled by their circumstances or angry with God. Instead, she provides powerful insight and practical steps to turn the painful fire that comes to destroy us into an unexpected friend that can produce our greatest healing.
The condition of the heart determines the condition of lifeand the heart can be bound up and healed, producing freedom and abundant life. With personal workbook sections for each chapter Christa helps readers experience steps to turn their pain into the healing and wholeness available to every believer.
Christa Black Gifford is a dynamic worldwide speaker, worship leader, and bestselling songwriter. She was the keynote for Women of Faiths Revolve Tour as well as being a popular blogger and a writer for The Huffington Post. Her life-goal is to provide resources for those broken by the pain of life, leading them into wholeness of heart and intimacy with Jesus. Shes married to the love of her life, Lucas Gifford. They live in Nashville, TN with their son, Moses Grae Lionheart, a daughter in heaven, Luca Gold, and their newest addition, daughter, Birdie James.
Sherri5 Stars Out Of 5Great Book!March 2, 2017SherriQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is great! Im only on chapter 2 and i have learned so much already. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, whether you have been through anything traumatic or not.
Anngladys GichuhiKenyaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Heart Made WholeAugust 27, 2016Anngladys GichuhiKenyaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The author begins the book with the experience of expecting a child and going through all those life-changing motionsonly to be rather negatively surprised by what follows.
This was a difficult book for me to read, as it resonated only too well with my life. The author truly has a gift in writing, and the ability to draw readers in.
I like how the author shares candidly from her life, and then invites us to reflect on our own lives. From the questions presented at the end of every chapter, readers are able to reflect on their lives, drawing lessons from what the author has shared. Readers can then tackle their issues with a sense of empowerment and hope, having learned from the authors life.
I like the fact that the author has written from a biblical perspective, and so the readers are led to relate with God and seek Him for their own healing.
This would make a great book for a ladies bible study group or book reading club.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5Good to acknowledge pain, but...July 4, 2016Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2The author talked about the many emotional traumas in her life, from the loss of her child all the way back to giggling girls in her childhood. Previously, she'd dealt with pain by ignoring it and hoping it'd go away. Recently, though, she's learned to acknowledge her pain, find the causes, and ask God to heal her, rather than attacking her emotions as shameful.
She grew up believing some wrong things, like that God's sovereignty meant that he wants and causes bad things to happen to us. Her theology has improved, but she's concluded that God has given up his sovereignty over our lives so that we can have free will. Thus God doesn't want anything bad to happen to us, but we come to harm because we live in a fallen world and people have free will. This God patiently waits, offering to comfort us and make the best out of our messes and victim-hood.
Yet the Bible is very clear that God is completely sovereign AND we have free will. That God is not the source of evil and does not rejoice in our pain, but he does allow some bad things to happen (and not others) within this fallen world. So I have a problem with the theology she teaches in this book even if it's a step closer to the truth for her. I also find no comfort in the thought that no one is in control, which is implied by her theology.
Some of her other beliefs were unclear. She either has regular, vivid visions or a very active imagination. Rather than thinking about how she's feeling, she'd ask, "Heart, how are you doing?" with the response being a vision. She described visions of Jesus cracking up jokes and playing patty-cake with her. Later, she stated that she feels using her imagination to spend time with Jesus is a good thing.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher through BookLook.
Kallaydia5 Stars Out Of 5A Must Read; so transformational and inspirationalJune 7, 2016KallaydiaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have never read a book that covered the topic of healing that has impacted me as strongly and thoroughly as this one has. In just the short 2-3 weeks that I've had this, I've already been seeing such a transformation in the way that I see myself and handle the situations that I encounter everyday.
Whether you're in the middle of an excruciating experience or just want to learn how to handle your emotions in the best way possible, this book has something for everyone. You will be SO blessed and changed by this book!
Shandy5 Stars Out Of 5MUST HAVE!!!June 7, 2016ShandyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is a must have for anyone who has ever experienced any sort of pain, trauma, etc. Christa Black Gifford takes you on a journey of sitting down with Holy Spirit and asking some deep, heart questions, and allowing Holy spirit to take your heart and make it whole. There were areas of my heart that were so deeply wounded that I had hidden away, and with the help of the stories Christa shares and the questions she asks in the "Open-Heart Surgery" sections, I am able to now pay more attention to my heart, what it is feeling, how I'm acting, and take it to God and ask Him to heal me. Honestly recommend it to everyone!!!
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