2013 has been a year of change for many of us in my family. Some of these changes were choices of our own making, some were the result of the passage of time and some were beyond our control. Quite frankly, we were wounded and it hurt. When the dust settled down from all the “newness” and we attempted to get used to our new normal, I realized I was carrying around a very bitter heart inside of me.
Resentful, angry, bitter, incredibly sad and hurt were the only emotions I was capable of feeling. I knew I wasn’t emotionally healthy but I didn’t know how to get out of this depressing spiral. Rational thinking, time, and encouragement from my friends wasn’t helping. I couldn’t let go of what happened which meant I couldn’t move forward.
I felt permanently broken inside. People suck and no one can be trusted.
Enter The Wall Around Your Heart: How Jesus Heals You When Others Hurt You by Mary DeMuth. DeMuth knows about being wounded, being hurt and betrayed. She also knows about grace, forgiveness and breaking free from the past. Her story can be found here.
The Wall Around Your Heart is the first book I’ve read by Mary DeMuth and I’m impressed by her transparency and her depth. Usually I’m skeptical of books of this nature. Some authors tend to make light of real problems or treat prayer as a band-aid; slap it over the wound and move on. DeMuth does not take her subject matter lightly. This book breaks down The Lord’s Prayer verse by verse and guides the reader in how to use this prayer as a road map toward healing, forgiveness and living more openly.
Mary does not claim to have forgiveness and freedom from her past completely figured out. She is open about her mistakes, some aches are still present in her life but she constantly points the reader back The Lord’s Prayer and the healing power of God. The author has been through the wringer throughout her life and is finding redemption, grace and healing. Reading her story and this book have been the beginning of healing in mine.
The Wall Around Your Heart is not a quick or an easy read. You will be challenged, you will think and you may shed a tear or two. DeMuth doesn’t shy away from pushing her readers to face pain or harsh truths but she does it with grace and love. It’s very apparent she wants her readers to experience freedom and open up their hearts to living again.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for purposes of review. I was not required to write a positive review.