Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Tolson 4 TEARS Reviews "The Healing Path"
The Healing Path: How the Hurts in Your Past Can Lead You to a More Abundant Life by Dan Allender, Ph.D
Dr. Dan Allender is a minister, therapist, and professor. He writes books designed for Christian living, as well as for personal and spiritual growth. His premise is that we cannot erase the past, alleviate our pain, or resolve betrayal. Instead, he presumes that abuse victims can find a deep purpose and a relationship with God. Allender says that we have “the capacity to savor greater joy in spite of inevitable sorrow.”
The Healing Path has four parts: Suffering as a sacred journey; Exposing the intentions of evil; The allure of redemption; and Embracing redemptive relationships. Within these parts are concepts of growing in faith, hope, and love in the aftermath of losses from abuse. How does a victim recover from betrayal to ultimately live a “radical life” that is meant for the deeper purposes of God? Allender attempts to examine these complex concepts so that victims can apply them to their individual lives, and ultimately be “more like Jesus.” This religious exploration is not for everyone.
A topic of the book is that each one of us has a unique calling. Allender encourages readers to “use our stories to tell the story of God.” This may be difficult when a victim is descending into denial and depression. This is not a self-help or how-to book but a contemplation of ideas that are profound and promising if Christianity is important to your healing path.
Review completed by Lynn C. Tolson, author of Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story