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Pain Is Inevitable

Suffering Is Optional

We all experience pain! Every day millions of people live in a world of heartache. We're forced to smile and pretend that everything is all right. You've been wounded, and you just can't seem to heal. You try to get on with your life, but you just can't move on. You forgive, but you can't forget! Every day exhumes the pain you try to bury. It cripples your relationships with people, God, and life itself. It destroys your ability to pursue your dreams.

This paradigm–shattering book will free you from the forces that would turn you into a victim. It will lead you step–by–step through a simple process that will free you from the pain of the past and protect you from the pain of the future.

* Discover the emotional freedom that everyone wants but few experience
* Break the secret link to the pain of the past
* Identify the number one source of suffering
* Never be hurt by another insult
* Learn the only biblical way to prevent pain
* Free yourself from the need to judge others
* Experience freedom from criticism

About the Author

James Richards is an author, teacher, theologian, and businessman. His success in these areas has placed him in demand as a speaker and personal advisor to business, clergy, and leaders. His personal process of emerging from years of pain, dysfunction, and deep bitterness has given him proven tools for freedom from personal pain. While he holds degrees in theology, human behavior, and medicine, his teaching is simple, well rounded, understandable, and easy to apply. The results have been proven in nearly 30 years of personal, professional, and clinical application. The end result of applying his teachings and methods includes a peaceful, productive life of loving, meaningful relationships.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Whitaker House (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883687224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883687222
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Richards is a pioneer in the field of faith-based human development. He has combined spirituality, energy medicine, scientific concepts and human intuition into a philosophical approach that brings about congruence in spirit, soul and body, resulting in incredible breakthroughs in health, emotional management and financial abundance. He is a life coach, consultant, teacher and motivational trainer. He holds doctorates in Theology, Oriental Medicine and Human Behavior. He was awarded an honorary doctorate for years of service in the Philippines. His many certifications include: substance abuse counselor, detox specialist, herbalist, handwriting analysis, EFT, energy medicine and an impressive number of additional certifications and training certificates.

Dr. Richards has been successful as an entrepreneur who has built several
successful businesses ranging from contracting to real estate to marketing.

As a national best-selling author, Dr. Richards has written several books
that have sold several million copies around the world. His most noted work is Heart Physics®, a life renewal program designed to equip people to transform any aspect of their life through changing the beliefs of their heart.

When asked why he has studied such a broad field his answer is
simple: "If it helps people, I want to understand it!"

The goal of all his work is to "help people experience wholeness: spirit, soul and body!"

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By D. Maruca on March 2, 2009
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Disclaimer: I am only 1/2 way through this book. I normally don't write reviews for a book that I haven't even finished yet, but this book deserves to be an exception. This book will change your life!

I have slowly read the first 7 chapters over the last couple of weeks and tried to incorporate what I would learn into my daily life. By doing this, I have learned more about not only pain, but relationships and how to treat people than any other book I have ever read. Truly learning about judgment and to stop trying to fix people has given me huge insights into myself and people around me. The first few chapters are worth the price of the book alone once applied to your life. I am excited about what else I'm going to learn from this book.

I found this book on an Amazon search because my life was on the rocks with a new relationship that I had started. By all accounts I had met my soul mate; however we were suffering from daily fights or fallouts over stupid stuff. What was going on? I thought that I was being too sensitive and taking stuff too seriously, so I bought this book for myself. More than a week went by and I almost forgot that I had ordered the thing.

The book came in the mail on a day where my fiance and I suffered another hard "attack." I half-heartedly opened the book and started reading the introduction after we suffered the pain of another argument. I was floored by what I read. I had to run and get my fiance and read it to her. The message hit us both so hard we started to cry. What I had originally thought was just a self-help book for myself turned out to be something we both desperately needed, and the introduction applied to what had just happened in our lives only minutes before.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Edwin L. Johnson on March 11, 2002
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The topic of judging others and its fruit is a bit tough to "own" but I've found that my judgements have impacted every area of my life. Walking free of the need to judge others and even myself has been liberating.
I highly recomend this book.
Pastor Ed Johnson
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Renee C. on May 20, 2006
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Every time I read one of James Richards books (I've read five) I declare it to be the "most amazing" Christian teaching book Ive ever read!

How To Stop The Pain truly delivers a 'most amazing' biblical view on a difficult, rarely embraced (personally embraced) subject. I have underlining on nearly every page!

This is NOT one of those "C'mon solider, pull your self up by the boot straps, suck it up, stuff it down and "act" like a good Christian" books! At no point will you feel condemned, instead you will feel motivated and greatly encouraged to truly release the source of the pain in your life.

Imagine what life would be like if you never got your feelings hurt, got offended, felt inadequate or judged again.......




If you really what to break out of some paradigms, this is the read for you.

Get ready to enjoy many many "ah-ha" revelations.

"It IS for freedom that Christ set us free"

(Check out James Richards "Heart Physics" 30 day program for a more indepth launch into the life Christ died to give you.)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SkyPatch on September 13, 2008
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Before I read this book a good friend of mine would often quote from it or use what Dr. Richards said trying to convince me to stop my judgment of others. I thought he was foolish for letting go of the "gift" of judgment. I held on to the pain others had caused me for my entire Christian journey. I actually felt I was benefitting from filtering every experience through my own judgmental "lenses". I was harshly critical of my brothers and sisters in Christ and of the delegated authority God had placed me under. I ended up reading the book, and the Holy Spirit used it to set me free from my judgmental mindsets. The quote on the front --"pain is inevitable. suffering is optional" is the best summary of this book. People will hurt you-they are people, after all. But YOU make the choice to hold on to that pain or to let it go and live in freedom-it could be the most important decision you ever make as a Christian. This book above all others has CHANGED MY LIFE. I recommend it to absolutely everyone. The many applicable bible passages are collected and expounded on in this one resource. Get it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dolores M. Patterson on January 5, 2007
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Most people have no idea of how many judgements they have made over their life time that keep them in bondage. This book will expose the way you think and the significance you placed on actions of other people that really were not about you in the first place. This book is excellent material for a small group book study.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wayfarer on August 3, 2011
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Never realised before how much judging others blinds us, even passing so-called "good" judgment! As Dr Richards says, even when we judge others positively, we have still judged. We have nevertheless attributed a motive to a person's behaviour, which is the essence of judging. (I have figured out why the person "ticks" and make myself into a mini-god.)

I found it very helpful that we are to look at the fruit (simply making observations) of a person's life, but to avoid judgment. I can see the fruit of a person's life (and take appropriate action) but I need not judge.

Equally helpful is that every person has the responsibility for what they "write on their heart." See Chapter 14, "Becoming like little children." Finally I understand how I can re-write the mostly negative stuff which I unknowingly wrote on my heart.

If your heart is hurting, this book is a must. This book convinced me like no other, that it is impossible to have a hurting heart, and not have judged others.

Very perceptive, very helpful.
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