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Healing is a Choice by Stephen Arterburn

Healing is a Choice by Stephen Arterburn

Wholeness – spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical – is a gift from God. But it’s a result of our own decisions, too. Arterburn outlines the biblical plan for opening our lives to God’s divine touch, offering 10 choices we can make and 10 corresponding lies to reject as we find our way to complete health and restoration.

Publisher’s Description

From chronic physical pain to deep emotional hurts, we are all, at some level, in need of healing. And healing, writes author Stephen Arterburn, is a choice, although not our choice-it is God’s choice. While that may lead us to understand that healing is out of our hands, there are several things we do or believe that can stand in the way of God’s healing in our lives.

Describing ten choices we can make, and the corresponding ten lies that we must reject, Arterburn outlines the plan for opening our lives to God’s divine touch. For example, to be receptive to God’s healing, we must make the choice to feel; but we often buy into the lie that we need something to help numb the pain. Likewise, we can choose to embrace reality; but we often falsely believe that if we act as if nothing is wrong, the problem will go away.

Healing on all levels-spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical-is a miraculous gift from God; but it is a function of our own decisions and beliefs as well. When we make the right choices, and reject the lies, we can find the way to wholeness again.


Healing is a Choice is a book written by a man, who has believed in ’til death do us part and everything that entangles tying the knot who’s divorce was announced right when he was about to board the plane; but this book wasn’t just entirely about divorce or his mishaps but rather a book on realization and choices on how your choices can change your life and why healing is important. How one allow change to happen for self-development and foreseeing affliction as a gift and how these experiences may heal the soul.

Each chapter ends with a workbook, towards the end you’ll be able to gain affirmation. One may find a future beyond whatever pain – of any kind – that you’re experiencing too.

Arterburn helps his readers practical methodology for making biblically sound decisions that will change their life for good. No quick fixes but a compassionate approach on how we can invest our time and energy in committing ourselves towards realizing the significance and importance of connecting with other people, moving forward and by acknowledging your baggages by courageously working on yourself towards healing.

The author along each chapter points out that God has provided us tools and properties to heal within every facet of our nature — physically, emotionally and spiritually. That we have a choice and it’s up to us on how we would want to be healed.

One can’t just sit in a corner and expect for a miracle or a blessing to shower. Just like how we work through our goals: we aim for it, work hard for it and go through the journey to achieve it.

The book supplements those who needs some quiet time to go through an inventory of themselves, a realization check up about choices and struggles we’ve gone through in the past, how we resolved it and if there are lessons that we’re consecutively been going through over and over yet still haven’t learned yet.

Healing is a choice, or it is many tough choices, and the results are worth the pain.

Each chapter tackles different scenarios: from the struggle recovering from infidelity, divorce, bankruptcy, obesity/illness, job loss, familial estrangement, or abuse. No matter how many years these baggages has been on your shoulder – Arterburn has equipped his pages with the realization to find courage, have courage to do something about it to seek out, obstain and  utilize whatever resources you need to treat the untreated areas of your life.

Without fear, there’s no courage but without courage, one may never get to resolve what they’ve been carrying all these years. Arterburn divided each chapters to mini-challenges for forty days.

  • Connect one’s life with others, or give in to the lie that “all I need to heal is just God and me.” – even an introvert needs a companion, support group and a helping hand.
  • The choice to Feel your Life: Face life (ugly emotions and all), or the lie that “real” Christians experience real peace in all circumstances
  • The choice to investigate your life in search of Truth: .. or embrace the lie that it does no good to look back.
  • The choice to heal your future, that “Time Heals All Wounds”
  • The choice to Help one’s life, or give in to the lie of self-sufficiency.
  • The choice to Embrace life, or pretend there is no problem by denying its existence.
  • The choice to Forgive: ..  or only bestow the gift on those who deserve it.
  • The choice to risk your life and  protecting oneself from any potential pain.
  • The choice to Serve and be served.
  • The choice of Perseverance , or give in to hopelessness.
Everyone has baggages and these baggages needs not to be carried all the way. People do feel numb at difficult times of their lives but often, giving yourself a pat on your back and self-talk that “everying is going to be okay” or relying to “God will take care of me” , you, must also do something about it and take charge of your choices. Either you commit yourself towards healing or you just stay in one corner – waiting – for nothing.

* I was provided this complimentary book through the Thomas Nelson BookSneeze program in exchange for my unbiased review.

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  1. I appreciate your review. I am going to read this book.

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