Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Wall Around Your Heart by Mary DeMuth

Until reading, "The Wall Around Your Heart", I hadn't realized the wall that I have been building. Mary DeMuth is a woman I admire. I admire her for being transparent and being able to take her deepest hurts, give to the Lord, and allow Him to use them to bring healing to others. Mary's writing is elegant as it flows rich with healing. She is genuine and compassionate. Reading this book comes so natural. Mary is inviting and encouraging. 

Every book I have had the pleasure of reading penned by Mary DeMuth has brought great blessings to my heart. She writes from a depth of her soul that brings a sweetness to the reader and makes you feel at home and at ease to be yourself. 

This book is a safe place to uncover the bricks you have been building around your heart. Mary brings us to see the Lord's Prayer in a new way. In reading these paragraphs I share with you, they were powerful to me. In these words I found my heart, hurting and bleeding. 

"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. And yet He loved people who ignored Him. He interacted with betrayers. He offered grace to those who violated His laws. He dignified outcasts. He engaged Himself in the very world that put Him to death. Jesus is our example of openhearted living, of exhibiting wild love that dared to wash the feet of Judas, who betrayed Him, of reinstating Peter, who denied Him thrice. Jesus, in His divine irresistibility, welcomed all, loved all, endured all." 

"Examine your heart. Has bitterness taken root? Have you walled off your emotions from that person? Do you have a physical reaction when the person's name is mentioned? Or maybe you've had difficulty with a group of people. A Bible study at church? Christian leaders? Your entire family of origin? Think on these people as you read:
Pray like this: 
Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
May Your kingdom come soon.
May Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need, 
and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us. 
And don't let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one." (Matthew 6:9-13)

This is one of those life changing books. You may not be hurting today, but maybe you know someone who is. Hurt may be part of your past and your finding walls around your own heart. This book is for you. If your not hurting today, hurt will touch your life later in years to come. None of us escape hurt. But we can all overcome it. 

This book was a gift from Thomas Nelson for sharing my review with you. 

Mary DeMuth is an author and speaker who loves to help people live uncaged, freedom-infused lives. She is the author of fourteen books, including six novels and her critically acclaimed memoir Thin Places. After church planting in Southern France, Mary, her husband, and their three teenagers now live in a suburb of Dallas. Find out more at marydemuth.com



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