Life's Healing Choices: Freedom from Your Hurts, Hang-ups, and Habits

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LIFE HAPPENS.

Happiness and Healing are yours for the choosing.

We've all been hurt by other people, we've hurt ourselves, and we've hurt others. And as a result, every single one of us ends up with some sort of hurt, hang-up, or habit. But the question we all face is, Where do we go from here?

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Overview


LIFE HAPPENS.

Happiness and Healing are yours for the choosing.

We've all been hurt by other people, we've hurt ourselves, and we've hurt others. And as a result, every single one of us ends up with some sort of hurt, hang-up, or habit. But the question we all face is, Where do we go from here?

Life's Healing Choices offers freedom from our hurts, hang-ups, and habits through eight healing choices that promise true happiness and life transformation. Using the Beatitudes of Jesus as a foundation, Senior Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and John Baker, who is also a pastor at Saddleback, developed the eight choices shared in this book.

In addition to practical, encouraging biblical teaching, each chapter includes two real-life stories of men and women whose lives have been transformed by living out the eight choices in this book. Through making each of these choices, you too will find God's pathway to wholeness, growth, spiritual maturity, happiness, and healing. You'll find real answers, real hope, and a real future — one healing choice at a time.

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Editorial Reviews

Rick Warren
"You will be inspired, and your life will be changed in dramatic ways as you read through the pages of this book." —Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life
Doctor - Henry Cloud
"Sometimes, recovery, healing, and spiritual growth are talked about as if they are three different topics. What I like about John's work is that he brings them all together, and we find that no matter what our issues, we are all on the same path. Life's Healing Choices will be a help along that path to all who read it."
Doctor - John Townsend
"This is a book whose time has come. John Baker's worldwide ministry and reputation, coupled with a strong biblical approach, make this book a must for anyone who hurts and wants God to heal them. My personal friendship with John and years of involvement in his work have shown me his heart, his calling, and his gifts to the world. I highly recommend this book."
Dr. Henry Cloud
"Sometimes, recovery, healing, and spiritual growth are talked about as if they are three different topics. What I like about John's work is that he brings them all together, and we find that no matter what our issues, we are all on the same path. Life's Healing Choices will be a help along that path to all who read it." —Dr. Henry Cloud, author of Boundaries
Dr. John Townsend
"This is a book whose time has come. John Baker's worldwide ministry and reputation, coupled with a strong biblical approach, make this book a must for anyone who hurts and wants God to heal them. My personal friendship with John and years of involvement in his work have shown me his heart, his calling, and his gifts to the world. I highly recommend this book." —Dr. John Townsend, psychologist, author of Who's Pushing Your Buttons? and coauthor of Boundaries
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"You will be inspired, and your life will be changed in dramatic ways as you read through the pages of this book."

"Sometimes, recovery, healing, and spiritual growth are talked about as if they are three different topics. What I like about John's work is that he brings them all together, and we find that no matter what our issues, we are all on the same path. Life's Healing Choices will be a help along that path to all who read it."

"This is a book whose time has come. John Baker's worldwide ministry and reputation, coupled with a strong biblical approach, make this book a must for anyone who hurts and wants God to heal them. My personal friendship with John and years of involvement in his work have shown me his heart, his calling, and his gifts to the world. I highly recommend this book."

Rick Warren

"You will be inspired, and your life will be changed in dramatic ways as you read through the pages of this book."
Dr. Henry Cloud

"Sometimes, recovery, healing, and spiritual growth are talked about as if they are three different topics. What I like about John's work is that he brings them all together, and we find that no matter what our issues, we are all on the same path. Life's Healing Choices will be a help along that path to all who read it."
Dr. John Townsend

"This is a book whose time has come. John Baker's worldwide ministry and reputation, coupled with a strong biblical approach, make this book a must for anyone who hurts and wants God to heal them. My personal friendship with John and years of involvement in his work have shown me his heart, his calling, and his gifts to the world. I highly recommend this book."
Publishers Weekly

A former pastor of the same Saddleback Church that's famous for bestselling author Rick Warren (who provides the foreword), Baker designs an eight-step Christian recovery program geared toward enjoying spiritual freedom from hurts, hangups and bad habits. Baker's book is based on Warren's sermon series Road to Recovery, which has been tested in the lives of more than 400,000 people in 10,000 churches. Baker's eight steps to spiritual freedom (admitting need, getting help, letting go, coming clean, making changes, repairing relationships, maintaining momentum and recycling pain) promise to help Christians overcome many kinds of addictive behaviors. Baker likens them to AA's 12-step program, but clarifies that Christ is the source of lasting change. He writes that as believers refuse to admit their powerlessness to overcome tendencies to do wrong, their lives are fraught with fear, frustration, fatigue and failure. The cure? Admitting weakness with a humble heart; then praying, writing and sharing with others about the problem. Each chapter includes moving narratives of participants in Baker's program who express how its principles changed their lives. These practical, pithy how-tos will galvanize Christians into action with the simplicity of Baker's easy-to-actualize plan. (Sept.)

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The prolific author/illustrator, founder of the Celebrate Recovery ministry, takes us on a journey toward wholeness using eight principles drawn from the Beatitudes. An audio is also available, attesting to the author's popularity.


—Graham Christian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476726588
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Pages: 277
  • Sales rank: 126,560
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John F. Baker Jr. is the founder of Celebrate Recovery, a ministry started at Saddleback Church. Over the past twenty-one years, it is estimated that more than a million people have gone through this Christ-centered recovery program. There are currently more than 20,000 churches that have weekly Celebrate Recovery meetings.

Rick Warren was born in San Jose, California, and founded Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, in 1980. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Baptist University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Rick and his wife, Kay, live in Trabuco Canyon, California, and have three children.

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Life’s Healing Choices


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Table of Contents


Foreword   Rick Warren     ix
Introduction: Finding Freedom from Your Hurts, Hang-ups, and Habits     1
Admitting Need-The Reality Choice     13
Getting Help-The Hope Choice     37
Letting Go-The Commitment Choice     71
Coming Clean-The Housecleaning Choice     101
Making Changes-The Transformation Choice     129
Repairing Relationships-The Relationship Choice     167
Maintaining Momentum-The Growth Choice     205
Recycling Pain-The Sharing Choice     241
Closing Thought     269
Notes     271
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    This book is a life-changing book! John Baker has a heart for hurting people and his book gives an insight into that passion. I encourage anyone and everyone to take the time to look inside themselves and truly be transparent to others. Use this book to evaluate who you really are and who you truly want to be. For me that was humbling myself enough to be honest with myself, God, and someone I trusted.

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