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The healing path : how the hurts in your past can lead you to a more abundant life
Allender, Dan B.
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First edition.
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Colorado Springs, Colo. : WaterBrook Press, [1999]

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259 pages ; 25 cm
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BV4909 .A28 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Don't Waste Your Pain. None of us escapes the heartache and disappointments of life. To live is to hurt, and we all have the wounds to prove it. Regardless of how we've been hurt, we all face a common question: What should we do with our pain? Should we stoically ignore it? Should we just "get over it?" Should we let it "make us stronger?" Should we optimistically hope that everything will work out in the end? If we fail to respond appropriately to the wounds that life and relationships inflict, our pain will be wasted; it will numb us or destroy us. But suffering doesn't have to mangle our hearts and rob us of the joy of life. It can, instead, lead us to life--if we know the path to healing. Healing is not the resolution of our past; it is the use of our past to draw us into deeper relationship with God and his purposes for our lives. We don't have to be held captive by the hurts of our past. We can move from feelings of powerlessness, betrayal, and ambivalence into faith, hope and love. The Healing Path takes us beyond self-discovery to God-discovery, giving us the tools to excavate the riches that lay beneath the surface of our pain. If you're ready to use the experiences of the past and present to shape a future characterized by love, service, and joy, now is the time to step out onto The Healing Path.

Author Notes

Dan B. Allender, Ph.D., is a professor of counseling at Western Seminary-Seattle. He taught in the Biblical Counseling Department of Grace Theological Seminary for seven years, then was a professor in the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling program at Colorado Christian University, Denver

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Preface: Savoring Joy in Spite of Sorrowp. ix
Part 1 Suffering As a Sacred Journey
Chapter 1 The Long Walkp. 3
Chapter 2 The Healing Pathp. 17
Chapter 3 Embracing Lifep. 31
Part 2 Exposing the Intentions of Evil
Chapter 4 Betrayal and the Loss of Faithp. 49
Chapter 5 Powerlessness and the Loss of Hopep. 69
Chapter 6 Ambivalence and the Loss of Lovep. 91
Part 3 The Allure of Redemption
Chapter 7 The Wager of Faithp. 113
Chapter 8 The Dream of Hopep. 135
Chapter 9 The Dance of Lovep. 161
Part 4 Embracing Redemptive Relationships
Chapter 10 Living a Radical Lifep. 189
Chapter 11 Inviting Others to Livep. 211
Chapter 12 Creating a Community of Sojournersp. 237
Notesp. 258