by Sandy Kirby Quandt
In the book, Wounded by God’s People, Anne Graham Lotz uses the Old Testament story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar to show how God’s people wound others. She also candidly shares her own personal experiences of how she has been wounded, and how she has been a wounder.
If you’ve never experienced pain or hurt at the hands of a fellow Believer, or if you have never inflicted hurt on others, maybe this book isn’t for you. But if you fall in either of those categories like I do, then maybe this book should be on your To Be Read list. I know I appreciated the wisdom and insight found within its pages.
Throughout Wounded by God’s People, Anne Graham Lotz tells us:
- Don’t blame God for the wounds his people inflict
- Repeatedly opening your wounds to sympathetic ears intensifies the wound by repeatedly exposing it
- We have to come to a turning point where we want to be healed more than we want to be wounded
- You can’t drive forward by looking in the rear view mirror
- The healing antidote to wounds is forgiveness
- Sometimes wounds that have not healed properly need to be lanced to allow deep healing to begin
And finally, Anne tells us to let go of the past, so we can embrace the future God has for us. Especially when it is different from the future we had planned.
Wounded by God’s People is written in an easy conversational style that is not overbearing or judgmental. It is a book to revisit and reflect on each time we find ourselves in the place where we are either being wounded, or are being a wounder.
Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?
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