Do you think peace is something that is unattainable? Or maybe you believe it is for someone else but impossible for you.
That was what Lisa Murray used to think. From childhood she was always trying to do all the right things she was told would bring peace, but nothing seemed to help. She grew up in church, but even as an adult she still struggled. In her words from the Introduction of the book,
I knew the Word. I believed the Word. But for some reason, when I heard the message preached on Sunday, there was always a deep ache inside me. I felt the life my pastor was talking about must be for others. Somehow that life wasn't for me.
Lisa Murray is now a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and has counseled many people through the years. She has found that in looking for peace we often focus on our physical and spiritual needs but completely forget about our emotional needs. Drawing from her own experiences and from people she has worked with she shares how important it is to also address our emotional health. She likens it to a three-legged stool. When only two legs function, the stool is wobbly, but when all three are functioning correctly there is stability.
Lisa believes that once we address the area of our emotional health, healing can come and with it wholeness and peace. She calls it Emotional Abundance (EA) and this is how she explains it:
EA is the ability to feel our emotions, to reason through our emotions, to understand our emotions, and to effectively manage our emotions so we can appropriately respond to the people and circumstances around us. We can experience Emotional Abundance in our relationship with God, in our relationship with ourselves, and also in our relationships with others.
This, in her own words, is what she experienced:
As I gained the courage to look at the emotional area of my life, I began to find healing and wholeness. Along that journey, my relationship with God became the source and foundation for my emotional healing, and the stronger I became emotionally, the stronger I became spiritually. For the first time in my life, all the areas of my life - physical, spiritual, and emotional - were connected. Their connection allowed me to know God in deeper and more profound ways. Their unity allowed me to know and to experience myself in a meaningful way, and, finally, freed me to experience others in a healthy, loving way.
The book begins with an Introduction along with the first two chapters to give some background. The main body is divided into three sections.
- Section I: Peace With God
- Section II: Peace Within
- Section III: Peace With Others
At the beginning of the book she gives a few case studies and later on we are given more glimpses of their stories to see the progression. Each chapter has questions at the end to help you in your journey to finding peace and Emotional Abundance.
I found this book to be full of hope. While we are sometimes tempted to label some emotions as good and some as bad, Lisa helps us to see that all our emotions are a part of how we were created. Even God experiences all types of emotions. We can learn to find healthy ways of acknowledging and dealing with our emotions so that we can experience peace and wholeness.
You can watch the book trailer below and visit Lisa Murray to find out where you can purchase the book for yourself.
*Lisa has given me an extra copy of the book to offer to one of you!*
*****The winner is Barbara Koob*****
Just leave a comment below by Sunday, March 6, 2016. Monday morning I will put all the names in a basket and do an old fashioned drawing. The winner will be announced here on the blog and also on Facebook.
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