In this immensely affecting and empowering guide, Jan Goldstein teaches readers how to take their most emotionally painful life events -- their spiritual wounds -- and transform them into a source of power and well-being.
Goldstein's life-affirming program is inspired by his own heartbreak: the February morning when he was faced with the sudden news that his twelve-year marriage was ending, leaving Goldstein with primary custody of their three small children. Though paralyzed at first by feelings of loss and depression, Goldstein eventually discovered that the pain allowed him and his children a deeper appreciation for the simple moments of joy -- that his once "broken" family was succeeding not despite its wounds, but because of them.
In Sacred Wounds, Goldstein reveals the secret to finding strength in challenging and often traumatic events, outlining a life-changing nine-step process to help readers move through heartache and toward healing. In clear, compassionate language, he refutes the notion of pain as a destroyer, drawing on the compelling stories of many of the people he has counseled along the way: Rick and Sara, who are plagued by infertility; Yvette, an aspiring man who battles her secular desires; Steve, for whom a frightening diagnosis portends the end...and then the beginning of hope. Remarkably affecting and inspiring, Goldstein's stories confirm that we are all well equipped to deal with the inevitable hurts and heartbreaks in life -- if only we release our preconceptions, acknowledge the strengthening power of our wounds, and follow the nine steps to a spiritual rebirth.
Indispensable for anyone suffering through spiritual and emotional difficulties, Sacred Wounds is the key to shifting our perceptions and finding new strength and success in the painful experiences we all endure.
Goldstein (Life Can Be This Good), who is an ordained rabbi, speaks from the perspective of one who has endured great pain. Goldstein's wife left him and, after their separation, he became the primary caregiver of his three young children. He describes here the acute emotional agony that he felt during this period, but relates how he discovered his ability to draw on unexpected resources in order to rebuild his life. In this self-help manual, Goldstein recommends a nine-step progressive plan for utilizing the painful experiences life doles out that will enable those who are wounded to work through their distress and emerge as stronger people. The author provides many anecdotes to illustrate his program. Deborah, who was an alcoholic, had to go through the first step of acknowledging the wound of childhood abuse before she could take action to become sober. Several steps, such as embracing the hope and generating the blessings, rely heavily on the healing power of meditation and prayer. This will be of the greatest interest to those seeking an introspective spiritual process of healing.