Changing How We Think About Healing
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The world is changing; culture is shifting. Never has safety and security been more desired. What shakes also spills. Pressure spills to the surface. And when struggles become visible, safety becomes more invaluable.
We only encounter true freedom and wholeness when we know we can speak and hear truth with no fear of retribution. Look at the ministry of Jesus. He created spaces of safety. He also never blamed people for how they got sick. Jesus’ invitations are never based on whose struggles are more easily dealt with. In His Kingdom, in His house and under His care, there is no ‘us’ and ‘them’. Jesus said over and over that He came for the sick, the broken, the oppressed, depressed, those caught in chains. He came for us. Each person, as well as every part of who we are, body, soul and spirit, matters to God. And if it matters to God, it must matter to us.
With the world changing so are people’s struggles. In years past what worked in prayer and ministry may not work today, because people’s concerns and experiences of personal difficulties have changed. And just with anything else we should be growing in how we learn and deliver ministry. God wants to bring people into wholeness. And one of the greatest acts of kindness we can do is provide a safe place in order to witness people’s struggles, so that we may love, care for and pray and minister to them more effectively.
Reviews for Wholeness
Christy reminds us that one of the most challenging issues among Christians today is mental health, which is rarely talked about because of the stigma attached to it. However, it's a recognized fact that one in four members of our church and natural families, and of our friends and colleagues, will be struggling with some aspect of their mental health while we simply do not know how to help them. Wholeness greatly increases our understanding of this complex area and the best ways of addressing it.
This book challenged my whole way of thinking about various aspects of the healing ministry, particularly in the vital area of mental health, and I wholeheartedly commend it to every Christian - particularly to those with even the most basic leadership responsibilities.'
Charles Whitehead, president of the International Charismatic Consultation (ICC)
Danielle Strickland, international speaker, justice advocate, and author
As someone who has personally journeyed with mental illness for many years, I am so grateful that wise Christian leaders are now addressing this, and bringing wisdom, grace, hope, and healing for the many who are struggling.'
Simon Ponsonby, author, teacher, and pastor of theology at St Aldate's Church, Oxford
Christy Wimber's compassionate, thoughtful, and provocative book calls us to bring the subject into the light. It asks difficult questions and provides refreshingly honest and powerful answers. This book will help people who know that the church can do better on issues of mental health and mental illness, and is a powerful call for us to care enough to engage properly with the subjects, walk tenderly with those who live with mental illness, and remember that all of us need to think about our mental health. A powerful book with a compassionate, provocative, and insightful voice.'
Malcolm Duncan, author, lead pastor at Dundonald Elim Church, and theologian-in-residence at Essential Christian and Spring Harvest
Her theology of healing in chapter 8, is pure gold, and is worth the price of the book alone. These are the mature, tender and hope-filled reflections of someone who articulates a balanced and beautiful understanding of healing, which she outworks in her final two chapters with wise practical advice. Thank you, Christy, for this call to the church, your pastoral heart for the pain people carry, and your wise, balanced advice.'
Steve Graham, principal at Equippers Bible College, New Zealand