I have not experienced a lot of trauma in my life. Compared to most people, I've had it pretty easy. So when I picked up the book Heart Made Whole: Turning Your Unhealed Pain Into Your Greatest Strength by Christa Black Gifford, I was looking at it more for clients I may encounter in the future. Little did I know how much this book would touch my life and how much insight I would gain from Christa's words.
Christa Black Gifford has been through a lot of trauma in her life. She suffered sexual abuse as a child, rape as a young adult, addiction, an eating disorder, and the loss of her infant daughter. Through it all, Christa has had to heal from these hurts. In this book, Gifford tackles these issues head on, exploring how she opened up her heart and let God in so her heart could be healed. Gifford explains what she went through and applies it to scripture. She shares her journey so that others can experience the healing of their hearts that comes through Christ.
Christa shares that trauma of the heart is not just the major trauma like abuse and death. Trauma can also be rejection, bullying, disease, and so many other things that can put scars on our hearts. Gifford's book encouraged me to open my heart to God, let him see my wounds, and let him heal these wounds. I especially liked the Open-Heart Surgery questions at the end of each chapter. They allowed me to delve more deeply into what was discussed and encouraged me to see what my heart was feeling and deepen my relationship with Christ. I recommend this book to anyone because we have all suffered some pain to our hearts and so much of it is still unhealed.
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