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Wholeheartedness: Busyness, Exhaustion, and Healing the Divided Self Paperback – March 2, 2016
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— author of Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer
“Chuck DeGroat blends psychology, theology, and poetry in a way that embraces the wisdom of both ancient and contemporary spiritual teachers. I believe his writing will do for you what it has done for me — provoke and encourage and push you past the scarcity of anxiety and performance, and into a fuller, more beautiful life of faith.”
— author of Three Free Sins: God’s Not Mad at You
“Another great book from Chuck. His other books have made a difference in my life; this one came just in time to salvage this old cynical preacher from almost giving up on ever finding healing in this busy world. It will do the same for you. Read it and rejoice!”
— author of All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?
“Chuck DeGroat has a deep commitment to living a life of wholeness. . . . There is life in his words.”
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In Wholeheartedness, DeGroat explores how we too often live "divided" lives rather than the lives of wholeness we were created for. The typical Christian approach to the sense that something is not quite right is to do more and try harder all the while wondering what happened to the rest that Jesus promised. And we feel exhausted.
DeGroat takes a careful look at our dividedness, our failures, and our shame through the lenses of scriptural wisdom, psychology, neurobiology, and poetry to help us see, with greater clarity, God's shalom. On page 98, he wrote "those who are whole are ambassadors of God's shalom, of wholeness." In the final section of the book, he introduces us to how we might experience a growing wholeness. Here, I particularly appreciated his wisdom on union and communion.
Fans of such a broad range of authors such as Dan Siegel, Curt Thompson, Teresa of Avila, Gerard Manly Hopkins, Thomas Merton, and St Augustine will benefit deeply from this book. I have already eagerly recommended it to a patient along with Brene Brown's excellent Gift of Imperfection. Undoubtedly, this will be a book I will savor again and again.
I love how this book is layed out with the first part of the book "Diagnosing our Unwholeness" and the second part helping me walk through some questions, quotes, and other material to start the journey to being whole. I felt this helped me start to experience the Wholeheartedness Chuck talked about.
There was a lot I enjoyed in the book but these were the two that really impacted me:
1)Looking at all the "d" esires in my life was really good to just meditate on. It helped for me to write them down. I then asked myself which of these would I have a hard time giving up for awhile. The list was quite extensive but the one that caused anxiety the most and made my heart race was reading books. Through that I realized how much of my identity has been wrapped up in learning and the next thing and being productive. I had been so wrapped up in being productive at all times I was disconnected and didn't even reallize what I was doing to myself. So I am giving up reading books for awhile and focusing on prayer and meditation. It has also led me back to getting in the word. My pastor always says a good book is one that get's you in the Word. Your book has done that for me.
-The other part of looking at all of your different selves around your house and having conversations with them. Not just tuning out those voices but talking and interacting with them. This has been monumental for me.
Thanks Chuck for serving me well. This book was a joy to read and I had to force myself to slowdown and fully take it in!
Personally, I loved Chuck's emphasis on "Liturgical Therapy" utilizing the historically effective "pathways" of daily, weekly, and yearly prayer practices that speak powerfully to my soul and that I have used now for decades.
Thank you, Dr. DeGroat for an immensely helpful book! It is now one of my most recommended titles!
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