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Whole: An Honest Look at the Holes in Your Life--and How to Let God Fill Them Paperback – October 1, 2011
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How to get past whatever’s holding you back― and start living a whole new story
We all have holes in our lives―those things we lament about ourselves. Those things we allow to define us in ways we don’t like. Those things that keep us from living the life God wants for us.
But what if you discovered that the holes in your life are really the things that will ultimately make you . . . well, whole?
Author and communicator Lisa Whittle knows this all too well. When her world was rocked to the core in a very public way, her faith and whole reason for living were challenged like never before. In that moment, Lisa was confronted by the holes in her spiritual life. And what she learned not only changed her life, but could bring great possibilities to yours.
In Whole, Lisa calls you to take an honest look at your holes, discover how to fill them with God’s presence, and get to a real and vibrant place of wholeness instead. In her trademark bold, compassionate, and relatable voice, Lisa takes you on a transformational journey of understanding who you really are . . . and what you were born to be and do.
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More recently, I used it for a small group study to encourage individual transparency. It worked great. We had women inspired to share their own painful experiences and how God has healed and transformed them. Once again we hated some chapters and loved others.
Some people simply could not relate to the author's story either because they had never experienced anything so deeply wounding, or because she seems so trivial compared to their losses. The questions at the end of the chapters were less interesting than questions written into the chapters which made leading a discussion more difficult than it needed to be.
Her story of her faith and relationship with God is just beautiful and well worth reading the book.
Lisa takes her story and twines in through this journey from HOLES to WHOLENESS in Christ. It's not about belonging to a specific church or participating in a routine of faith, it's about letting Christ fill your holes with His grace and mercy. It's about a life in Christ not religious addiction! And I'm a recovering religious addict. I thought if I can just DO all the right STUFF then I'll be good. If I go to the right Bible studies, attend the right church, serve on the right committees, have the right friends, then I will be GOOD. God saved me from my goodness with His grace. Ps 40:2
To quote the book " Spiritual recovery means that I'll never get over the fact that I was once drowning in the bottomless pit of my religion, but He would never let me slip forever away."
This is a must read for anyone who is looking for TRUE Wholeness. God is using this book to change hearts.
(W)hole, Lisa Wittle does an amazing job of sharing her life with the reader in a way that is profoundly refreshing. This book is for those who REALLY want to grow in the Lord and actually, heaven forbid.. change! Finally, a book with meat.
The beginning chapters didn't rock my world. Her personal story spoke volumes about the way churches sometimes fail the people in them, especially those in leadership. Still, she didn't give a clear, practical picture of what she meant by loving the church and yet not suffering from religious addiction.
Her chapters on the Hole of Roles and the Hole of Experiences, however, were real, vulnerable, and challenging. If you've ever wrapped up your identity in the roles you fill or allowed it to depend on your past experiences, this book will walk you through laying that down, as well as dealing with both failure and loss.
Lisa Whittle shares personal stories with more openness and honesty than most authors do, which makes this read compelling and personally relevant. While she undergirds her thoughts with an occasional Scripture verse, mostly the book is driven by her own story. I'd have liked a little more grounding in Bible study, but that doesn't negate the powerful reminder to find freedom and wholeness in God's presence.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.