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Life's Healing Choices: Freedom from Your Hurts, Hang-ups, and Habits

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Happiness and Healing are yours for the choosing.

We've all been hurt by other people, we've hurt ourselves, and we've hurt others. And as a result, every single one of us ends up with some sort of hurt, hang-up, or habit. But the question we all face is, Where do we go from here?

Life's Healing Choices offers freedom from our hurts, hang-ups, and habits t
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by Howard Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Gabriel Wallis
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone who needs freedom from their hurts, hang-ups, and habits
Shelves: 2012
I've attended Celebrate Recovery for almost five years now, and I just finished reading "Life's Healing Choices" this year. It should have been one of those books I read when I started the program. It's a great book to use as a foundation for recovery from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. I really liked the testimonies at the end of each choice/chapter, which were the most encouraging part of the book for me. The thing is, you have to work the program. You can't just read a book on how it works or g ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Friends, you'll be seeing a fair number of reviews from me in the near future on books in this vein. Our church is starting a "Celebrate Recovery" group, which I am SUPER stoked about. "Celebrate Recovery" is a faith based recovery group that targets everything from addictions to codependency to sexual abuse recovery name it. The amazing thing about this group is the versatility. The principles are transferrable to any recovery situation I've encountered thus far. Check it out!

In regar
Sandy Stephenson
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
It has been over 10 years since I worked through the 12 steps. This was a great refresher book from me. I don’t ever want to be back where I was before.
Lonnie Rodriguez
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
The author, John Baker, founded the successful Celebrate Recovery program (a Christian based 12-step program) based off of the 8 principles found in this book. These principles are gold nuggets mined from Jesus Christ’s ‘Sermon on Mount’ when He taught the multitudes about the Beatitudes. The simple truths shared coupled with the incredible testimonies of people having began their recovery journey will encourage and inspire you to not only trust God more, but to be willing to fully abandon yours ...more
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hands down the most transformative book I've read. Respect to all paths of wisdom and understanding. This was my light and my consciousness shift.
Susan Naron
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! Read it, and then live it!!!
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for anyone who wants to find freedom, hope, and happiness from any hurt, hang-up or habit. Spelling the word RECOVERY in an acrostic format, Pastor John Baker shows how the Beatitudes give us 8 spiritual principles to mirror the secular 12 step approach. This book includes an explanation of what each of the principles mean in daily living, testimonies, and journal questions to write and share with an accountability partner. The 8 principles included in this book and whic ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
We all get caught up in life's drama some move on others get stuck in place. This book is a great tool.
Debbie Stephens
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Read it for a church life group.
Gail Webster
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Great information, a little hard to read, which is unusual as John Baker is a great writer especially when writing anything about Celebrate Recovery. I believe this might have been one of his first attempts at writing.
Jun 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
One of the most successful ministries of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, is Celebrate Recovery, a biblically solid approach to repentance and recovery. When Pastor Rick Warren preached a ten-week series of sermons called “The Road to Recovery,” John Baker was inspired to write this life-changing book.

Baker, who readily shares his own past struggles with alcoholism, knows what works and what doesn’t when it comes to recovery. His goal is that readers find freedom from “hurts, hang-
Amber Fuller
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Excellent, practical wisdom with a Biblical perspective for anyone struggling with a painful past, a habit they can't shake, or anything getting in the way of healthy and whole living. Each chapter offers a specific step to apply in the process of confronting an issue and growing beyond it. Personal stories of recovery from real people who overcame addiction and other unhealthy patterns of thought or behavior offer genuine hope that following the principals offered actually works. Real life answ ...more
Rick Mackinnon
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My first reading was completed 2/11/2011. Originally read for personal reasons this time read for ministry purposes participating in a recovery ministry startup. Life's Healing Choices presents a biblically based approach to dealing with life's hurts, personal short fallings and bad habits. Based on The Beatitudes from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, Mr. Baker offers in eight principles a sound, practical, for lack of a better work, program to change your life through the choices we make. Highly rec ...more
Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I think this would be a very good book for someone struggling with an addiction.

In the absence of that, I think the thing this book does best is highlight that if you want your life to change, you have to be willing to change: who you are, your habits, your thoughts, your choices. And that all of these things are within the realm of possibility to change.

In the words of Charles Dubois, "the important thing is this: to be willing at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we can become."
Shauna Ryall
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Searching for a way for peace? Dealing with hurts you have but have no answer for? How about any habits... and not just drugs or alcohol... food, gambling, porno, self-harm... mental health issues... how about those secrets you thought were buried for ever but are now surfacing?

This book is for you... If you can't find a Celebrate Recovery or feel unsure then this is the book for you as you try to get through life...
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have numerous books that I am reading all at the same time but no matter which I pick up on a certain day it seems to be what I needed to have read for that day. This has also been an encouraging book because as I read what others have struggled with and have overcome it helps me to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. That light for me is Jesus and I am thankful that He loves me no matter what.
Sep 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I learned about how making the best of everyday often takes work. Having a book like this gives me the tangable tools I need in order to get the job done. Healing Choices is just that!.. Knowing I have Choices keeps me from letting people, places or things get the best of me.
I truly enjoyed this book for many reason, mostly because there are supporting scripture from the WORD that makes it real.
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, self-help, christian
In a nut-shell, this book is about overcoming addictions and admitting that God is the one who can heal your pain. The program is very good. I think the author could have expounded more on some of the points, as in he glazed over some things quickly. The personal stories at the end of each chapter were very moving and motivational. A commended reading if you are suffering from hurts, habits, and hang-ups.
Faleomavaega Tuitele
Jan 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book have been inspired me and have changed my life because of its dramatic ways that's been discussed in it. This book by John Baker have coupled with a strong biblical approach. In this book by John, he brought the three different topics such as recovery, healing, and spiritual growth together and I found out that no matter what issues we face and go through in our lives, we are all on the same track or on the same path.
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: addiction
It radically changed my life, gave me hope to finish the race well, and to fight the good fight of faith bringing freedom to others trapped in the prison of hopelessness, helplessness, and powerlessness. It helped me find hope in Christ through His transforming work of the cross and the resurrection.
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Overall, a good self-help book offering sound suggestions for choices that can transform a person's life. Primarily directed at those who are dealing with hurts they have inflicted on themselves or others, the book would be beneficial to anyone seeking a more positive and happier life. The personal stories were not as well written as the other parts of the book.
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
John Baker Uses Biblical Principals to help readers overcome a variety of Hurts, Hang-ups, and Habits...Churches across America are using these pricipals along with behavioral changes to enable people to grow their relationships with Christ while healing. Look for a "Celebrate Recovery" Program at a Church near you...
Chris Carroll
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
The principles Baker offers and accompanying exercises have been a wonderful resource as I have walked alongside folks in recovery (i.e. all of us). For practical purposes, I did not enjoy the anecdotal stories/testimonies that Baker included at the end of each chapter. These have often served as distraction for people I've had read the book and work the steps rather than inspiration.
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This books helps you heal from you hurts, habits and hangups God's Way! He wants you to be healed and working through the next right step! This book identifies that and the eight principles of doing so!
A life changing book for me and my family!
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book is good with lots of good practical things to do.
I was bothered by errors in the book, both Biblical and factual. Editors should have caught these.
I believe this volume is due for a major re-write.
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Our choices determine where we will end up in life. Baker and Rick Warren have successfully brought our focus where it needs to be - making choices for a healthy life! With Jesus Christ all things are possible.
Jun 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those struggling with addictions
Shelves: christianity
Went through this book with a group in my church. The book was OK and even though I don't struggle with addictions, I still got something out of it. It's not for everyone but it can be encouraging to those that need it.
Kathy Kundrat Leach
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is an outstanding precursor if you're considering going to Celebrate Recovery. This book introduces you to the 8 beatitudes and 12 steps of CR. There are many testimonies written within the book that will make you cry and laugh.
Dawn Laesser
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book takes a biblical approach to recovery for any kind of issue whether it's depression, unhealthy relationships, drugs, etc.... It's for anyone who has an issue that gets in the way of their relationship with God. Awesome!
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book will change your life! It's great for small groups- this book challenges you to take strides toward healing, forgiving, growing, etc... all which take accountability and support from others that will help you get through your hurts, hang ups and habits. Great Read!
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