“Why the pain, Lord?”
I love it when a book begins with a question and then proceeds writing straight-forward, honest answers about resolutions and tactics to handle some of life’s hardest issues. Dr. Murrell did not disappoint.
A loaded question, but one that is fully examined.
“God can heal in many different ways, including through His word. My prayer is that as you read His word through my message, your heart will be touched, and healing will take place in those areas where you have hurt for such a long time. As God heals you, I ask that you, in turn, minister comfort and healing to others.” Dr. Arvis Murrell
All of us have stood against adversity, resentment, bitterness, anger, loss, and pain. We’ve wondered who we are in the midst of life’s struggles. Can we conquer and overcome? Arvis breaks down these complex issues and wraps God’s word around them like a salve, a healing balm, to readjust our thinking, and encourage us to make our plans with God and move forward.
Page to page, I picked up valuable gems on how to face issues and circumstances, pain and misery, along with doubt and stress. The author achieves this with relatable, engaging commentary about her own struggles and how she reached deep into God’s word to heal.
Truthfully, how do you adequately review a book that is so chocked-full of inspiration and truth about human frailty and God’s love, grace, and mercy? Maybe it’s by sharing some of Dr. Murrell’s own words from her book.
“We often give our circumstances too much power. Rather than take control of our situations, we allow our circumstances to control how we think and act . . . I had to learn how to keep myself calm by not putting so much attention on small stuff, rather to focus on kingdom things and let the main thing be the main thing.”
“Paul put it this way: ‘If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. S
et your affection on things above, not on things on the earth’. (Col. 3:1-2)"
"Here we are encouraged to ‘set our affections on things above’. We are to put our attention on what God is doing, not on what others are doing. Focusing on others can cause feelings of outrage as people are not capable of satisfying us. But focusing on God has a calming effect."
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.’” (Isaiah 26:3)"
“God wants to bring us out of bondage and make us vessels of honor. For it is not His will for us to perish.”
“I could not quit on God because He did not quit on me. Even when the road got tough, I had to keep traveling. God has a plan for my life, and He has one for you, too”
“Remember, your setback is God’s setup for your comeback!”
Beautiful reminders of God’s mighty love for us. He can use every circumstance we face to His glory.”
Hopeful words from the back cover of the book, “If your painful past is holding you back, It Doesn’t Hurt Anymore will shed light on deeply rooted scars. Start anew today. Be relieved from the pain, break free from the shadows, and move forward to reclaim the life God has chosen for you.”
Rev. Steve Baran, President-National Christian Counselors Association, states, “The pathway to Freedom, Forgiveness and Fullness of Life is found through a personal relationship with Jesus! The necessary steps one takes on this journey are eloquently outlined in this book as the author shares God’s amazing transformational experience in her life.”
It Doesn’t Hurt Anymore: Release the Past and Embrace Your Future encouraged me to live life beyond circumstances, beyond everyday chaos and disappointment in order to live fully and empowered in Jesus Christ.
God bless you,
Angela Beach Silverthorne
Living Life Through Faith