Wednesday, February 5, 2014

30 Days Toward Healing

 
She asked for volunteers to serve on The Mad Church Disease: Healing From Church Burnout Launch Team.  And sign up I did.  Because Anne Marie Miller has been on my radar for years, and I've scooped up her books and followed her writings along the way.  Mad Church DiseasePermission to Speak Freely
 
She's been there, done that.  Experienced abuse.  Porn addiction.  Ministry leadership.  Depression.  Burnout.  Divorce.  Redemption.  She knows what it's like to be in the pit ... and shares the glory of grace that unfolds when God's amazing touch alters brokenness.  Her story is worth telling because it reflects bits and pieces of our own stories.  We resonate with her woundedness and offer praise for that incredible redemption so gratefully received. 
 
Born out of her own struggles with anxiety, Beating Burnout:  A 30 Day Guide to Hope and Health is just simply terrific.  I left a review on Amazon.  And then, much to my surprise, a snippet of that review has popped up in the book promotions ... a serendipitous mid-winter treat for me and a heartfelt invitation to you to pick up this little volume and incorporate its readings into your own daily routine.


Go ahead and download a sample or get your digital, paperback, or audio version right here!  And may God grant us all ... Anne, you, me ... good health in every corner of our lives as we trust Him at deeper levels ...




~~~>  sharing 30 Days with Laura

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for recommending the book - I love devotionals that are short and powerful. Pulls aside the coverings and gets right to the problem areas that need to change. I ordered two copies!

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    1. Yep ... often short and sweet works best. Let me know what you think of this, ok? I found it's been a really good start to my days. Truth be told, there's always something else that God wants to heal in our lives, someplace deeper He wants to take us.

      I'm ready ...

      ;-}

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  2. Heading off to download a sample. Thanks for telling us about this resource, Linda. Sounds interesting!

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    1. Based on all the books you've shared with your readers, Lisa, I think you might really like this little healing treasure! I appreciate the back and forth dialogue we have about what we're reading and how it impacts us. Good stuff!

      ;-}

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  3. Thanks for the recommendation-I'm going to download the sample chapter as well. I'm always looking for a new devotional :). It keeps my quiet time from going all over the place!

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    1. And like any other relationship, it's so good to do something a bit different to keep things alive and vibrant. Thanks for coming by today, Alecia!

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  4. Hi Linda! Wow, what a fun thing to see your writing be used for a review! I would have been so excited :)
    Thank you for your encouragement to download a sample chapter. It sure sounds like this woman has had an incredibly challenging life. How does anyone come back from all of that? I'd love to find out.
    Blessings my friend!
    Ceil

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  5. Yes, it was a really BIG surprise to see those few lines I had written! Thanks, God, for the treat!

    You'll just LOVE Anne. She's real, she's transparent. Really. I'm a big fan ... her books are wonderful.

    And speaking of fans, you know that I'm one of yours, too, my friend!

    ;-}

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  6. Back in October our senior pastor had a marital crisis of sorts. Some of the top leadership in our church asked him to take a sabbatical and work on his marriage and life--getting things back in order and healthy again (which he is still taking). This "burnout" was/is just the tip of the iceberg for our pastor and for our church staff team. It wasn't just the disease of pleasing (or "serving," as we might want to refer to it! wink, wink), Linda. It came from something much more dysfunctional and, dare I say it, idolatrous! I feel there are very few books out there on how dysfunctional church staff families can get and be. So I'm very curious to read the sample and perhaps the book. It comes at a much-needed time in my life and my hubby's life. Hugs to you!

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    1. Ministry dysfunction and burnout are alive and well, most sadly. The best counsel we can receive is often from one who's made their way through the morass of it all and has emerged with greater wisdom and insight than ever.

      A wounded healer.

      I highly recommend Anne's books. From the heart, they are.

      Thanks, Beth, for sharing your story. I can only wish that it was a rare one. But tragically, we know that it's not. I pray for healing for every member of that leadership team ... every wounded, watching soul sitting in those pews.

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  7. Dear Linda
    Oh, what a joy when we are set free from church abuse, dear friend, to lve life out of the abundant provision in union with Jesus. Just to receive Him from the one moment to the next knowing that He heals the broken hearted!
    Blessings XX
    Mia

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    1. How neat to see your name pop up in my inbox just now, Mia! And yes, joy would be the word when we experience the healing, the freedom, the hope that Christ gives. The enemy of our souls hates the ministry, its leaders, the One we serve. No wonder he's got the big guns blazing.

      But greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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