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Restoring the Christian Soul: Overcoming Barriers to Completion in Christ through Healing Prayer

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Winner of Christianity Today's Critics' Choice Award

In this award-winning book, Leanne Payne reveals how to overcome the three great barriers that keep us from becoming whole persons:

-The inability to receive God's forgiveness
-The inability to forgive others
-The inability to accept ourselves


"This book is a classic of Christian psychology and spiritual theology."--Richard Lovelace, author of The Dynamics of Spiritual Life

"A balanced blend of scriptural truth, sound theology, and theraputic insight--made unusually clear by relevant illustrations."--David Seamands, author of Healing for Damaged Emotions

About the Author

Leanne Payne was founder and president of Pastoral Care Ministries and the author of many articles and books, including Real Presence, Restoring the Christian Soul, and Listening Prayer.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801056993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801056994
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leanne Payne is the founder of Pastoral Care Ministries, which promotes the ministry of healing prayer. She earned her masters degrees from Wheaton College and the University of Arkansas and is the author of seven books.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By R. Martin on August 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
I first read this book several years ago, but the concepts and ideas have so pervaided my life that they continue to guide me. In fact, I have re-read this book several times over the past few years.

While other reviewers have remarked that the author seems prideful or her ideas too simplistic, I found her to be direct - cutting the concepts to their basic "black and white" cores.

LeAnne Payne reminds the readers that we too often focus of what we shouldn't do as Christians leaving too little time to focus on what we should do. For me, that was a stepping stone into evaluating the actions and activies of my life and my mindset.

Her suggestions on how to release negative thoughts to Christ was incredibly helpful... and her discussion of negative thoughts and how the enemy actually uses them against us... well, I'd never read anything like it.

If you're looking for a book which will lead you into deeper introspection - and you're willing to take your time to apply the concepts - I would highly recommend this book.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 1998
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Many Evangelical Christians today have lost the understanding of the richness and depth of the human soul. Payne seeks to expose the richness that can be there and the steps towards healing and the restoration of a hollow people. I highly recommend this book as a biblically sound and spiritually anointed resource for anyone seeking to know their own soul in the light of God's truth.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Doerr on February 8, 2008
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I really enjoyed this book by Leanne Payne. I especially identified with and enjoyed the chapter on emotional repression, long-term healing of memories and abandonment. The way she gives case-studies makes it easy to find someone out of all of her books to identify with and say to myself: "Yeah, this is me." I identified with the woman in the chapter on abandonment and it has helped me in my procovery work to be able to describe for my counselor where I'm coming from so they know how to treat me. I will even ask my counselor to read that chapter! Leanne has a very deep, wide, broad, high and long understanding of the spirit and psyche. It is altogether one of the best christian books on healing I've ever read!This is a keeper and I will probably reread it. A must-read for any christian earnestly seeking for help in their healing process!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gabrielle Gregory on August 3, 2010
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This is the sequel to Healing Presence, and gives all the insights and tools needed to put into practise the incredible truths in her writings. She gives detailed instruction and testimony of outcomes that truly inspire and fill one with faith and confidence. Her constant abiding in His Presence gives her the cutting edge for today's society. She doesn't waver from the absolutes, and applies them brilliantly as a shining light for our times. There are three authors who have changed my life: Agnes Sanford, C.S. Lewis, and then I discovered Leanne Payne and also the connection between all three. Seeing intangible truth is as important as tangible, and Leanne knows that and applies it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig Stephans VINE VOICE on November 23, 2011
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LeAnne Payne targets the roots for so many of the oppressive mental and emotional negative states that so many in our culture experience. She identifies the self-hatred, isolation, damaging lies we believe, and sinful habits that plague even the most earnest Christians.

I think the most significant work of this book brings readers from self-hatred to self-acceptance as beloved of God. This leads to practicing the presence of God and hearing his loving words over and against the critical words of this world and our sinful natures. Payne addresses receiving forgiveness and experiencing God in our memories as they affect us in the present. This brings healing to the depths of our souls. Payne narrows down to showing examples of people receiving healing for mother or father issues that have prevented them from living fully as God's children.

Payne concludes the book with a section on spiritual warfare. She expounds on the battle we face as Christians against demonic forces. The topic is good and important. I found Payne's writing here confusing sometimes as she writes about the need to do spiritual warfare but then criticizes some who do too much of it and seem to actually aid the enemy through their "spiritual warfare" prayers. I think this section could have been more clear and instructive. For better understanding of it, I recommend Charles Kraft's I Give You Authority. I Give You Authority

Overall, the topics and counsel of this book are much needed in the church today. The writing is deep and heavy but also profound and significant to warrant reflection and time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam on December 10, 2014
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This is book is a "Bible" almost on the healing of the soul. It is filled with helpful insights and teaching. It also provides useful teaching about spiritual warfare and other matters. Although some parts of the book will be more helpful to some than to others, it is solid all the way through. There are a few hiccups occasionally, though. Payne sometimes give idealistic advice that seems a bit out of touch with the "real world." This fits in with the fact that, as she mentions in another book, her primary ministry gift is that of prophet. As with all the ministry gifts, the gift of prophecy can carry certain negative characteristics along with it. For instance, those with this gift tend to be too idealistic and/or rigid, and to see things in extremes, thus oversimplifying complex matters. And these are attributes that Payne displays in various areas throughout the book. Ultimately, it is God's desire for us to grow out of the "blind spots" of our particular ministry gift(s), so Payne definitely still has some growing to do.

One of the biggest problems with the book is that Payne naively seems to think that those who are seriously wounded can come directly to God for healing. However, as Agnes Sanford points out in her book "The Healing Gifts of the Spirit," that is not really true. Payne has read Sanford's book, and even quotes from it, but she doesn't seem to have learned this lesson from it. That is, she seems to think that severely wounded people can simply practice God's presence, and then yield up their negative thought patterns and painful memories to Him in exchange for His life and healing. But as Sanford points out, depressed and/or seriously wounded individuals need a mediator who can take them to Christ.
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