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Your Faith Has Made You Well: Jesus Heals in the New Testament Paperback – September 23, 2014
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Barbara Hosbach is a free lance writer, speaker, and retreat facilitator who lives in Jackson, NJ. She contributes to several Catholic periodicals and blogs about scripture.
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In twenty-five chapters this author brings us to a deeper understanding of the eternal view of healing. In chapters such as Healing from shame and Being open to God, she takes a verse and presents her understanding of the characters, situations, and grace of each healing. One of my favorite insights was found in Chapter 23 – Malchus, Slave of the High Priest – In the Heat of the Moment:
“There may be times when we relate to Peter. We sense danger. We feel threatened by forces beyond our control. We feel driven to do something, anything, to quell our fear. So we act impulsively, without any clear sense of why or what we hope to achieve. We just want to relieve the tension within ourselves by taking action.”
Based on the story of Peter who cut off the ear of a slave in the garden, the story of Jesus choosing to heal the slave’s ear opened powerful insights for this bookworm. The author’s thoughts touched me personally and profoundly.
At the end of each chapter the author helps the reader gain understanding by posting questions that are related to the biblical story. For instance in Chapter Seven:
“Have you ever denied or minimized your need for God’s help with a problem and tried to take care of it yourself? What happened?”
Hosbach brings the teaching of Jesus full circle, and makes the lesson personal – reaching past our barriers and opening our spirit to the truth of the Gospel.
Finally each chapter ends with a prayer that encourages the reader to reach out to Jesus for a healing of their own. As a retired nurse, who saw and experienced so much suffering and pain in my work, the prayer that touched me the most was:
“When what I’ve seen of suffering and cruelty overwhelms me. Lord, remind me that your love is bigger than all the pain and sorrow in the world.”
However the beautiful prayer that brought me the most comforting contemplative moments was:
“Jesus, you took the little children in your arms. When I feel small and helpless, may I rest quietly in your loving embrace.”
This is just a taste of what Your Faith Has Made You Well has to offer the reader and the seeker of truth. I highly recommend this book. I think it would be great as a study guide in Catholic high schools and parishes. I plan to use in with my own Bible study group
Humans require constant healing—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We submit to all sorts of indignities and expenses to obtain wellness. Barbara Hosbach has culled stories of healing from the gospels as illustrations how we may approach Jesus, the Healer. We can expect the unexpected. Jesus will touch us, test us, and turn us from our habitual paths. Like the multitudes who followed Him, we know that Jesus can and will give us what we really need, even if we fail to recognize that need.
Every person that Jesus healed eventually died, so the physical healing wasn’t the most important outcome of their meeting. Barbara Hosbach underscores Jesus’ practice of granting forgiveness of sins before healing a petitioner. She reminds us that in Revelations (12:10), Satan, the “Accuser” will condemn us before the throne of God, while the merciful Jesus will advocate for us. How easy is it for us despair as Satan reveals each of our dark secrets? We may someday stand like spiritual lepers before the Father. Barbara Hosbach reminds us of Jesus’ words to the ten lepers, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” Certainly, this is a veiled recommendation that we seek spiritual cleansing in the confessional.
Do you cry out for help, but can’t let go of your self-destructive habits? Are you afraid to trust Jesus who gave up everything to save you? Are you overwhelmed by your sense of unworthiness? Are you bound by rigid rules and regulations that prevent you from loving God, your brothers and sisters? Do you see the sins of others rather than their love and goodness? Do you rely on your talents and intelligence to solve your unsolvable problems, rather than pray unceasingly for God’s guidance and intervention?
Strengthen your faith so that Jesus can make you well. These daily scripture readings, meditations and questions to ponder offered by Barbara Hosbach will advance the healing process by bringing you closer to the Healer and disposing you to receive His healing touch.