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Businesswoman, television personality, and survivor Rosie Rivera shares how to lean on God as defender in the midst of life’s hurts and wounds while also grappling with the strong desire for justice and retaliation.
Revenge is one of our deepest instincts. When we have been hurt or when something has been stolen from us, whether that be our innocence or our good name or a loved one, the desire to retaliate is irresistible. But is it the right response of a follower of Jesus?
As a survivor herself, Rosie Rivera has walked in this tension, a sojourner in the search for healing and wholeness in the light of horrific wrongs. She has wrestled the desire to defend herself, her reputation, and her family while also wanting to let God be her Defender.
God Is Your Defender is about understanding the motives behind your thoughts and behaviors toward those who have wronged you. It is about the conditions you might have put on forgiveness. It is about fighting the urge to take over instead of trusting God. It is about learning how to truly rest in the Lord as the One who defends you and actively abiding in his peace.
Backed by biblical examples and personal stories, Rosie guides you to a place of healing as you:
Learn the difference between a vengeful spirit and a heart of advocacyStop the self-destructive cycle of the desire for revengeDiscern effectively when to take a righteous stand and when to stand back and let God defend youExperience how to move from an “eye for an eye” mentality to an “I for an I” by exchanging “I am hurt” for “I am healing”Let go of the pain of the past without ignoring what happened
God Is Your Defender equips you to respond to hurtful situations, from the most minor to some of the most difficult, from a place of empowerment and peace.
In this powerful guide, Rivera (Take Your Power Back), former cohost of the Spanish morning show Despierta America, offers help to Christian readers looking to heal from past hurts. Rivera shares her struggle to trust God as her defender, disclosing painful circumstances in her life including the effects of sexual abuse she experienced as a child and the death of her much younger sister. She discusses questions on dealing with suffering, such as "Why do bad things happen?" and "Why do people do hurtful things?" and points readers to the Psalms, where David seeks answers to similar questions. Rivera considers withholding forgiveness a type of revenge (and thus to be avoided) and emphasizes the need to forgive others: "When we bless others, when we forgive, when we let God be our Defender, it comes back to bless us." Instead of "paying for the wrongs you've experienced," she encourages Christians to trade burdens, loss, and desire for God's always optimistic outlook: "fresh eyes, a renewed faith, an empowered story." Rivera's uplifting testament will reassure any Christian of God's active presence in life.