Join us on Saturday, August 17 as we discuss a unique topic with author, Mary DeMuth. Why People Leave Church: Other Church Members Hurt Them. Here’s an Innovative Way Through the Pain.
Much is being written on the blogosphere about why the next generation of churchgoers are leaving the church. Many cite a lack of depth, but another reason may be the culprit: Christians hurting Christians. There needs to be a proactive way to process the pain other Christians inflict on us.
Author and speaker Mary DeMuth provides a way through in her 15th book, The Wall Around Your Heart: How Jesus Heals You When Others Hurt You. By walking the reader through the Lord’s Prayer, DeMuth gives Christians a roadmap for true, genuine, and lasting healing from the aftermath of painful relationships—particularly those in the church.
DeMuth speaks to the pain that we inflict upon and how that pain makes us want to protect ourselves by walling off our hearts. As readers engage in The Wall Around Your Heart, they find great freedom to acknowledge the depth of their relational suffering, but they also discover a “pathway through the devastation”–the pathway of prayer.
“It’s the type of prayer that Jesus modeled, lived, breathed. Of all the people on this earth who had cause to wall off His heart against those who hurt Him (that would be the entire world), He had cause,” writes DeMuth. “Yet He engaged Himself in the very world that put Him to death. Jesus is our example of openhearted living, of exhibiting wild love…”
If you’ve been hurt, particularly by other Christians, The Wall Around Your Heart will offer specific biblical instruction, validation, and encouragement as you take steps toward healing. DeMuth writes, “My heart for you in this journey we’ll be taking together is this: be loved. Be wildly and audaciously loved. Give what you receive. See others as Jesus sees you. Settle your worth. Rest in God’s compassion. And as you choose to believe His favor, your life won’t be able to help spilling love, compassion, and forgiveness to everyone you meet.”
Dare to join this wall-abolishing adventure to an openhearted life.
During the second half of the show, my in studio guest will be local writer and mentor to many aspiring authors, Allison Pittman. Author of 11 books, her most recent book, All for a Song, is set in the roaring 20’s. In it Pittman skillfully paints the complete picture of this bold female character who is willing to take risks in order to discover the life that she truly is meant to live, so we’re going to zero in on some of those thoughts during our time together.
Plan to join Allison and I at El Jarro’s after the show to continue the conversation off the air! The show airs from 11AM to Noon CST on AM 630 KSLR or streaming live at http://saleminteractivemedia.com/ListenLive/Player/KSLRAM.
Allison and I will arrive at El Jarro’s at 12:30 for a no host lunch. I look forward to meeting you there!