Last week we were reading (again) The Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning. He writes it as a love story for the brokenhearted, for those burdened by heavy religion, and who feel they can never measure up. We weren’t too far in (actually we were still in the foreword), when the words on the second page stirred our hearts:
Every Christian knows that God loves him. Unfortunately, that fact often remains a tenant of the mind. And until it gets into your heart, it remains information. Once it gets into your heart, it results in transformation.
Wait. Let’s take a look at that again—Once God’s love for you gets into your HEART, it results in transformation. Heart’s awakened and transformed–now that is what “turns our crank” in our counseling ministry! When we see the eyes of someone’s heart being opened, there is no healing or miracle quite like it.
Our new book Loving God, Loving Myself is written to inspire that very thing—to reveal your heart and not merely encounter your mind. And when God’s love reaches your heart, breaks through your self-protection, and heals your wounds, it changes everything. Each chapter is meant to reveal the Father’s unshakeable, unstoppable, and inexhaustible love and longing for you—for ALL of you.
We use Scripture, story (ours and others), and poignant questions and thoughts that God has placed in our hearts to share with others—with you. To help you see. To help you hope again. To pierce the walls of your heart and expose the roots of pain, shame, anger, fear, and deadness. To heal and be healed. To finally love yourself and see yourself as the true child-of-God gift that you are. To become no longer “stuck,” but transformed.
Now that’s the furious longing of the Father we know. And that’s truly good news.
Loving God, Loving Myself is available for purchase now at a special, pre-release price of $10.99. This is only available until December 16th when you place your order at jerryanddenisebasel.com. (The mailing of all pre-release purchases is projected for December 15th and 16th.
NOTE: If you or someone you know is in need of finding a safe place for emotional and/or spiritual healing and restoration, please contact us at The Father’s Heart Intensive Christian Counseling Ministry through our web site at fathersheart.com or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We are located in the North Georgia Mountains in a retreat-oriented environment and have established opportunities for ministry to individuals or couples for time periods as little as a few hours to as long as five days.