There are times that we go through obstacles in life or have health issues that leave us feeling afraid and out of control. We often ask why such things would happen to us or why God would do this to us. We often wonder how our own suffering and the suffering in this world (illness, hunger, poverty, abuse, etc.) relates to God's purpose for our lives. God does work in mysterious ways and in order to experience God's healing in its fullness, we must stay faithful; we must trust; we must give God enough of ourselves so that God can do what we alone cannot do - restore and refresh us through His love.
Reading books about how that has happened for others can be very helpful. This page lists some books that may resonate with you.
2. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
Sarah Young is a missionary who shares her journey towards the devotion of Christ. She mentions a lot of trials and tribulations that she has gone through and all the thought-provoking experiences that she encounters. It’s written from Jesus' point of view on how he makes an impact on a person's life. This gives a reader a sense of God’s word.
3. Wild At Heart by John Eldridge
John is an adventurous Christian who is known for thinking outside of the box. In this book, John reaches out to the heart of man and woman through his philosophical and motivational speech. The story entails his journey to impact other people's lives through God‘s word.
4. Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman
Once you communicate effectively with your spouse, you will be able to have a long-lasting marriage. Love doesn’t just start at the wedding, but it requires a lot of effort to keep it alive. This book shows how Christ can help heal and improve your love and marriage with your spouse.
5. Back To Sing The Power by Sam Storms
The Bible teaches us that we should except the gift of God and be filled with his spirit and presents. However, there are gifts that God offers that are seen in the church today. There are prophecy, healing, and other gifts that may seem strange. This book centers around describing and understanding these various gifts that God offers.
6. The Love Dare by Stephen and Alex Kendrick
This book is based on the movie fireproof and has an amazing impact on love and marriage. It’ emphasize the fact that marriage can be saved and live prosperously. It’s a very life-changing book with scriptures that show that God is looking out for our love interest.
7. Mere Christianity by CS LewisLouis left his childhood Christian faith and spend years living as an atheist. Eventually, he witnessed the presence of God and went out for the prayer. He later transforms into an amazing Christian. This book reflects that God is present whether we know it or not.
8. Making All Things New Restoring Joy To Sexually Brokenness by David Powlison
The book talks about sexual dysfunction in relation to Jesus Christ and how he can help us control our impulse. We all have sexual impulses, but if our impulses are too much, it can lead to betrayal, assault, or molestation. The book shows how Christianity can help stop this overwhelming impulse to bring better satisfaction to our lives.
9. Entering Into Rest Ethics As Theology by Oliver O’Donovan
The book talks about the ethical situation in theology, and how it relates to us and how we can get to know Christ better. It explains how we can expand into a better person with loving knowledge, and use that for a better action to accomplish the various task.
10. Reading The Bible Supernaturally by John Piper
The book explains how the author reads, study, and analyze the meanings of various scriptures in the Bible. It describes how he takes in the scriptures to let God guide him in life. And how he uses the Scriptures to go through life‘s obstacles and issues.
One of the key factors a book must have in order to further the healing process is to contain a message that touches the reader in a way that healing happens while the book is being read. This happens for many readers in Doing Time With God.
The thing about the book that makes this possible is that it contains stories about healing that touches readers hearts. Even though the stories are about the healing process for victims of crime and prisoners, the process itself applies to all of us as human beings.
The stories in Doing Time With God teach us by example. Some of the stories will touch you in your place of need; for others, you can imagine yourself in the situation or the scene and ask yourself the following questions: What is the purpose of this story? Does this story reveal insights that I can apply to my journey? Is this story leading me to do something? Does the story stir something in me that points to things I can pray about and reflect on for healing?
One of the most unique things about Doing Time With God is how God's presence is made known in the last place most people would expect - in the midst of prison. This is important because many people do not experience God presence with the hurt and pain they experience before and during the healing process. Since the healing process is mostly unpleasant, it is common for people to question where God is on their journey.
Doing Time With God shows how victims and inmates find healing, break free from inner prisons of anger and resentment, and experience God's freedom and fulfillment in the midst of their suffering. As the reader, it is helpful to see how God is present in ways in which you may not be aware.
Doing Time With God is one of the best christian books on healing past hurts because it proves that Christ's newness of life is always with you and can be experienced when you need it the most - during the healing process in the midst of hurt and pain .