"When the heat is on and the battle is raging, know that as long as you are standing strong in the Lord, you won't be shot down or burned up by your circumstances. Think in terms of God's power. As long as you stand with God-and don't give up-you win."
Most ministers and psychologists agree that personal change comes from within. And that change can only occur if you take a careful look at your own life and experience. That's certainly what Stormie Omartian discovered. Over thirty years ago she was so depressed, she considered suicide. Then she went through the seven-step process she described in her bestselling book, Lord, I Want to Be Whole.
Now Stormie makes this process available to you in a personal walk to emotional well-being a walk with the truth of Scripture and the power of prayer at your side. Throughout your journey you will be observing the lives of some familiar people in the Bible. Many of these people had the same faults-and suffered the same problems-you do. The way the Lord guided them will be a path for you to follow.
Each week you will work through interactive questions and thought-provoking Scriptures that will enable you to determine who you are, what you're doing, and where you're going. And then you will establish some guidelines for your future.
"The healing and restoration I found is there for you too,"Stormie asserts. "Whether your hurt is from scars as far back as early childhood or from this week's untimely severing of a precious relationship, you can be whole spiritually and emotionally."
This easy-to-use workbook serves as an excellent guide for either personal devotions or group study. Use it as a stand-alone Bible study or as a companion to Stormie's book, Lord, I Want to Be Whole.
This memoir-cum-self-help guide by bestselling author Omartian (The Power of a Praying Wife and The Power of a Praying Parent) opens with an arresting scene: young Stormie's mother locks her in a small closet, telling her she'll "never amount to anything." Omartian reveals that after her troubled childhood, she experimented with drugs and Eastern philosophy and entered a disastrous marriage. Then she discovered God and began a journey toward emotional health. This book aims to tell readers how they too can find healing and wholeness in seven easy steps: release the past, obey God, obtain deliverance from whatever separates them from God, find restoration and forgiveness, receive the gifts God wants to give them, "avoid or get free of... negative traps," and "stand strong." Omartian encourages depressed Christians to seek counseling and urges patients to choose their counselors carefully. She cautions against blaming God for personal unhappiness. Interspersed are vignettes from Omartian's life, relevant Scripture verses and clear-cut, if overly simplistic, checklists to help readers know if they "need deliverance." (If they've hit a spouse, had premarital sex or dabbled in the occult, they do.) Little is original here except for Omartian's own story; more memorable approaches to healing can be found, for example, in books by Rita Bennett (You Can Be... Emotionally Free) and Leanne Payne (The Broken Image).