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Healing Is a Choice: 10 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life and 10 Lies That Can Prevent You from Making Them

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DO YOU WANT TO GET WELL?

The power to heal--physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually--is in God's hands. But the choice to be healed is yours. Everyone, at some level, needs healing. You may have prayed for healing many times, for many years. Perhaps you have lived with your brokenness so long that you have become accustomed to it. Maybe you wonder just when God is go
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 28th 2005)
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Bryon
Aug 06, 2014 Bryon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book title: Healing is a Choice: Ten Decisions That will Transform Your Life & Ten Lies That Can Prevent You from Making Them

Author: Stephen Arterburn
Nashville, Thomas Nelson, 2011
Number of pages: 480

“Creator of the universe is also the Healer of His universe. He is the ultimate decision maker as to how, when, and from whom we receive healing.” In the introduction of this book, author Stephen Arterburn gets right to the point with both the topic of the book and the source of the healing we a
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Teri-k
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This is a very useful book for Christians who are struggling with some kind of wounds that need healing, like grief or abuse. To be appreciated the reader has to be at the point where they are ready to make some tough choices and help themselves get better. But once you reach this point you'll find practical guidance here on what to do next.

I especially like the lies that are given along with each choice. It can help to examine what we may be telling ourselves that isn't helping us,
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Haley Mathiot
Jan 16, 2012 Haley Mathiot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-bookshelf
This book is an excellent resource for anyone who has gone through a painful experience and has yet to heal from it. Big or small, public or secret. Maybe you've gone through the Bible, gone to counseling, talked to people, taken medicine, and nothing is helping. Maybe you haven't told a soul and you don't know what to do.

This book is for you.

The ten decisions (and ten lies exposed!) are so straightforward that they totally change your thinking. It's blunt, clear, easy to read, and divided up in
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Trish
I first became acquainted with Stephen Arterburn when I reviewed his novella, The Encounter, back in January of this year (although I have since realized that I had read and greatly enjoyed the Sullivan Crisp series which he wrote with Nancy Rue).

Since then I have begun listening to his radio show, New Life Live, and have learned so much from him and his rotating co-hosts about how we function in relationships and how to seek recovery and reconciliation.

Right now, I am focused on myself and how
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Karie Hall
Nov 22, 2011 Karie Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Healing is a choice
Now including the full workbook, this combined release emphasizes the fact that we must choose to let the hurt go and let the healing begin.






The book asks the participant, "Do you want to be healed?" If the answer is yes, then ten choices are provided to make the path toward healing a restorative experience.
Arterburn tells the story from the fifth chapter of the book of John about Jesus healing a man who had been sick for thirty-eight years. We think the strange part of the st
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Victor Gentile
Dec 22, 2011 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephen Arterburn in his new book, “Healing Is a Choice” published by Thomas Nelson provides 10 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life and 10 Lies That Can Prevent You From Making Them.

From the back cover: Do you want to get well?

The power to heal-physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually-is in God’s hands. But the choice to be healed is yours. Everyone, at some level, needs healing. You may have prayed for healing many times, for many years. Perhaps you have lived with your brokenness so
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Pat (graceinaz)
Nov 01, 2011 Pat (graceinaz) rated it it was amazing
Healing Is A Choice by Steve Arterburn
Ten Decisions That Will Transform Your Life & ^en Lies That Can Prevent You From Making Them
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Copyright: 2005, 2011

After having listened to Steve Arterburn’s radio show, New Life Live, and hearing him talk about this book, I have been wanting to read it. So, when it was one of the choices of books to review, I jumped at the chance! As the title states, the author cites ten choices one can make to heal, whether emotionally, physicall
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Jim
Sep 18, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012

Do You Want to Get Well?

In a revised edition of a previously written work, Christian counselor and author Stephen Arterburn gets personal as he unpacks the process of healing we all need in Healing is A Choice: Ten Decisions that Will Transform Your Life and Ten Lies That Can Prevent You From Making Them.

They are, respectively:
1.The Choice to Connect Your Life (to others and healing communities and groups) vs. the belief (lie) that "All I need to heal is just God and me."
2.The Choice to Feel Yo
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Taunya R
Dec 19, 2012 Taunya R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read several books during my journey. Some have impacted me to make changes…others were just books I read. THIS is not just a book…it’s a book that has opened an entire layer within me to uncover! I received the Kindle e-Book to review, but wish I had selected the print book. It is definitely going to be a book I purchase for my library.
The book starts with Stephen Arterburn sharing his experience of facing a divorce; a very public divorce. As a recognized speaker on marriage, getting a d
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Linda Walters
This is a Serious Workbook for Healing.
The main focus is on mental, and emotional healing with the knowledge that it can also help bring you to some physical healing as well. Included is a hands-on worksheet with personal questions to ask yourself to pull down each one of the Lies discussed in each chapter. You can either go through the process at home or do the exercise in a small trusted group. The small personal group are encouraged to help bring you out of isolation and to cause people to m
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Harold Cameron
Apr 25, 2012 Harold Cameron rated it it was amazing
Healing Is A Choice, a highly acclaimed book with over 8 million copies in print is a dearly personal book for the author that is about how people can experience true lasting healing (though not always of the physical kind) in their lives. And in his book author Stephen Arterburn makes that point clear from his own personal experiences, observations as well as from the experiences of others.

Author Arterburn writes, “The power to heal-physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually-is in God’s ha
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Andrew
Dec 26, 2011 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Healing Is A Choice, Stephen Arterburn teaches readers the process of healing the pain you have endured during your life. No one escapes this life without having to heal from their past. The things we go through will only make us stronger. Stephen was married to his wife for twenty years. One day she told him she wanted to get a divorce. He was deeply upset and he didn't know how the Christian community would react. This book is not just about his divorce he shared many stories and examples o ...more
Suzanne Gunter McClendon
Dec 13, 2011 Suzanne Gunter McClendon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone struggling to let go of heartache.
Healing is a Choice is about healing the hurts of our past and present thereby leading us into our futures stronger and better able to deal with the hurts that are inevitable. Ten choices are given to aid us on the path of healing as well as ten lies that are obstacles to our happiness. The workbook section gives questions for us to ponder that are also suitable for small group discussions.

I think that this is a very helpful book. I do not blindly accept guidance from anyone. I question everythi
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Erin
Jun 02, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
There is no doubt about it: this world is full of hurting people in desperate need of healing. We know there is One Source for true healing and that is a relationship with God. All healing occurs at His hand. We are not helpless in the matter, though. Arterburn presents us with ten choices that we can make to partner with God in the healing process, along with ten lies we might believe which could leave us stuck where we are. As Arterburn explains on page 19, "Healing is a choice. It is God's ch ...more
Mark
Jan 20, 2013 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Particularly for a evangelical Christians who are suffering from emotional traumas and hurtful pasts, this book can offer much that is valuable. The author takes seriously the need for the wounded to utilize outside help. It is not a lack of faith to seek outside help, for God works through human agencies to bring about healing.

The importance of the wounded to make difficult but necessary choices in order to progress in their healing is the main thesis of this book. The author summarizes these a
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Henk-Jan van der Klis
Do you want to get well? How obvious the answer may sound, the more complex reality is. Stephen Arterburn is sure. The power to heal—physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually—is in God’s hands. But the choice to be healed is ours. Stephen Arterburn is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministries and wrote more books on overcoming or avoiding spiritual, emotional or sexual problems, like Every Man’s Battle, Every Young Women’s Battle, Avoiding Mr. Wrong, Finding Mr. Right and The Seven Ke ...more
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Do you want to get well? How obvious the answer may sound, the more complex reality is. Stephen Arterburn is sure. The power to heal—physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually—is in God’s hands. But the choice to be healed is ours. Stephen Arterburn is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministries and wrote more books on overcoming or avoiding spiritual, emotional or sexual problems, like Every Man’s Battle, Every Young Women’s Battle, Avoiding Mr. Wrong, Finding Mr. Right and The Seven Ke ...more
Seekingmylord
Jan 13, 2012 Seekingmylord rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
The latest edition of Healing is a Choice: 10 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life and 10 Lies That Can Prevent You From Making Them is an excellent 10-step emotional healing program that has been revised to include a full workbook. It emphasizes that healing is a choice. First, it is God's choice. Second, it is the choice of the one needing to be healed. He reveals how emotionally injured people tend to hide away their hurting and hinder their own acceptance of God's healing.

The author, Step
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John Yarbrough
Arterburn's heart is in the right place but he's not a writer. As such, I pulled what I thought was useful and threw aside the rest. I certainly related to his story of divorce and feeling the pain surrounding a wife wanting to leave you. He works through his spiritualized version of the twelve steps but doesn't say it. His stories of life change were sometimes disconnected and incomplete, which infers that he didn't have enough of the story to say how complete it was. I heard him speak for thre ...more
Avarill
May 07, 2016 Avarill rated it it was amazing
A very easy read, full of spiritual, soul searching with plenty of wisdom. I gave it a five for the wisdom, faith and belief encouraged throughout the book. A good book for someone struggling through the downside and even upside of life.
Novhita Paembonan
Apr 13, 2016 Novhita Paembonan rated it it was amazing
what ever happen in your past, you can heal, but it depends on your will and your own choice. Healing is a choice! Start to walk to the healing process. Take a first step to run to it and get a glorious healing
Jessica McCauley
Apr 09, 2014 Jessica McCauley rated it really liked it
Very helpful...very liberating book. Very much helps you to learn to deal with your past and to work through things that may be holding you back from living life to the full. Highly recommended.
Gloria
Apr 12, 2012 Gloria rated it liked it
Shelves: for-the-spirit
Wasn't sure there would be many take-aways, but found myself relating to the key points. Written in a man's voice (direct, brief) in easy to read chapters, he has a cut to the chase approach to talking about the ways we sabotage our healing progress. He doesn't dwell on sympathy for those who have experienced difficulties but rather has a get over it kind of philosophy. Move on. This would be particularly good for men since he talks about his own life quite a lot. Any one of these chapters could ...more
Brent Soderstrum
Dec 06, 2011 Brent Soderstrum rated it liked it
I enjoy reading Stephen Arterburn books. This is a good book for someome who is going through a very bad situation in their lives. Arterburn sets out 10 decisions you can make that will change your life. He also includes the 10 lies others or even ourselves tell us when dealing with the decision.

I have been through a divorce and a horrible car wreck that changed my life but I have been blessed to be able to mentally and emotionally heal from both events. I haven't found myself in the ruts some f
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Tara
Oct 22, 2008 Tara rated it it was amazing
What's amazing about this book is how internalizing and applying any of the steps towards healing has changed my life so drastically. I read the first 50 pages or so and actively worked through some of the steps. I set it down for months and when I came back and picked it up again I could see how some of the healing Arterburn refers to had happened organically for me without me even realizing it. Inspired me to keep moving forward with it even more! A wonderful book. Great tools!
Auntie
Jul 16, 2012 Auntie rated it it was amazing
This book was a gift from a life long friend, and one of those books that you read several times! Stephen Arterburn was one of the founders of Promise Keepers (Christian Men's Group) and I heard him speak at the Women of Faith Conference a few years ago in Florida......

Very interesting. Helps with moving forward, and clearly forgiving others, and myself as well!!! You will be blessed to read this! It has some sweet moments of humor, as well!!! Full of fundamental truths.

Debi
Jun 01, 2010 Debi rated it liked it
"Make a radical adjustment of your expectations. You expected to stay in control of your life...but you were never in control."
"You might have expected something close to perfect out of yourself. You could not deliver on that, so adjust your expectations. Accept your own humanity and limitations and allow God to work with you in spite of them."

Started off slow, but overall, pretty good book about the choices we make in order to heal from the hurts of our past.
Anna
Aug 31, 2014 Anna rated it liked it
The overarching organization of this book was good. He dealt with "10 lies" we tell ourselves that keep us from healing and moving on in a healthy way from whatever it is that has wounded us. There were some good thoughts, but as the book went on, I felt it was more about him. I know we all write from our own experiences, but I got weary of the tone of writing as I went on. I think it would be very helpful to a lot of people, though.
Tracy
Nov 17, 2012 Tracy rated it it was amazing
great book! This book has helped me more than any book I have every read and it is still my go to book today. I have purchased and offered this book many times to many people and they too find comfort in it. I keep this book as close as my Bible. It is a true self help book. Better than Battlefield of the Mind (in my opinion). Great book! Did I say that already!? Great book!
Amy
Mar 14, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
This book has helped me tremendously. Don't just read it, do what it says! I recommend that you at least use the workbook as you read. Journaling your life experience will help heal your pain. I went to a class that included the author's video introduction to each choice. Group discussion really helps you see how the choices others are making are truly working.
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Stephen Arterburn is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministries — the nation’s largest faith-based broadcast, counseling and treatment ministry — and is the host of the nationally syndicated “New Life Live!” daily radio program heard on over 180 radio stations nationwide. Steve is also the founder of the Women of Faith conferences attended by over 3,000,000 women.
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