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Heart Made Whole: Turning Your Unhealed Pain into Your Greatest Strength Kindle Edition
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Christa's vulnerability and honesty on these pages is nothing short of astounding. I found myself letting the tears silently roll as my heart breathed a sigh of relief. If we let it, this book could affect the way we approach the intricacies of being human--- from today forward. I know it will for me.---- Amanda Cook
Deep, honest, powerful, and moving, Heart Made Whole is a book like no other I have ever read. I was gripped by Christa's raw storytelling and changed by her leadership into the exploration of my own heart. This book took courage to write, and I'm so thankful Christa was willing.---- Annie Downs, Author of Looking for Lovely and Let's All Be Brave
Heart Made Whole is a stunning book that lets you look into life and its deepest of pains. Christa, the author, has lived deep pain. In this book she shares her process. How do you live life when it feels like your whole world will never be worth anything again? The beauty of this book gives you tools on how to live again and, most importantly, how to find God and let the healing happen.---- Beni Johnson, Author of Healthy and Free and The Happy Intercessor
Heart Made Whole is a wonderfully vivid and beautifully raw account of the journey that Christa and her family have endured. From rejection to redemption, betrayal to belonging, this book guides the wounded heart to the only place where we can experience wholeness: the Heart of the Father. This is a must-read in any season of life, and it's still impacting me.---- Meredith Andrews, Worship leader and Dove Award-winning recording artist
I am a fi believer that you cannot take others where you have not been yourself. Christa writes from a raw and real place, and I have watched as she has walked through the valley of the shadow of death and come through victoriously on the other side. The Bible says clearly that out of our heart flows the issues of life, yet too many people are coping through life with fractured hearts and wonder why they are not living in the fullness of what Jesus promised for them. As you read these pages, apply these truths, and allow Jesus to come in and breathe life where there was death, you will discover a freedom that is life- changing. Christa's ability to articulate this process is breathtaking and inspiring. Thank you, Christa, for your transparency and vulnerability on every page and for the truth of God's Word that will bring freedom into the lives of every reader.---- Alex Seeley, Pastor, The Belonging Co Church, Nashville
I have had the great honor of knowing Christa for five years now. As a friend, I grieved with her when her sweet baby girl died and in the days following. I watched in amazement as God began to heal and transform her heart. In her new book Heart Made Whole, Christa writes with authority, passion, and incredible vulnerability. This is a book for every gender, every generation, and every heart that refuses to be bound and broken. Christa's heartfelt words and experience will inspire you!---- Kim Walker-Smith, Jesus Culture
If anyone can take you on a heart journey to freedom and wholeness, it is this powerful woman of God. The seat of her power is a constant Christ-centered experience of life. I know Christa and Luke. I've witnessed indescribable agony overwhelmed by the Comforter. This book will transform you because the author is deeply authentic in Christ.---- Graham Cooke, Brilliantperspectives.com
On a dry erase board in our youngest daughter's room, we saw the verse Christa had challenged our three girls to memorize: 'Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it' (Prov. 4:23). During those years she lived with us and played with Michael in his band, she profoundly impacted our children with the way she walked her faith out before them. Little did we know that some of the struggles she shared with us (and many she didn't) would eventually lead her to healing and the wise words in these pages. We urge you to read this book and open your hearts as you do ... it's a beautiful guide to the healing Jesus longs to bring to every broken piece of your heart!---- Michael W. Smith
The truth, depth, and transparency Christa has shared in Heart Made Whole is so impacting. I believe it will help you to overcome your pain and come to know God as the Healer, Restorer, and gracious Father He is, reminding you of a love that is present in the darkest of moments to make your heart whole.---- Kari Jobe
This book takes you on a journey. By the first few paragraphs you are bawling, and by the end you feel a sense of inner strength that completely rocks you from the inside out. Christa doesn't just share her story, but invites you to really evaluate your own, and what I loved most was her transparency and rawness through it all. READ it, TAKE it in, and GIVE your heart the healing and wholeness it's been looking for.---- Blanca
What Christa and Lucas had to go through when they lost their daughter, Goldie, is unimaginable. I wish that they never had to experience one ounce of what they did. However, I am so grateful that Christa had the ability and strength to take her broken heart to Jesus and not only learn how to navigate through the pain, but also be gracious enough to share her journey and heart lessons with all of us. It's not every day that we get invited into the deepest darkest places of someone's heart and get to watch how they triumphed through tragedy and came out victorious on the other side. Her wisdom is invaluable, and this book is a true treasure.---- Anjelah Johnson-Reyes
While most of us have never experienced the unimaginable pain of losing a child, we all have experienced pain in our lives. That pain, when not dealt with properly, wreaks havoc on a heart that was meant to be fully alive by experiencing the radical love of a Father. As I read Heart Made Whole, I was deeply affected and ministered to as Christa, through her writing, spoke truth and life into my own heart. Christa has given us an incredible gift as she opens up her life in intimate ways to reveal how even the most broken hearts can be made whole.---- Banning Liebscher, Founder and pastor of Jesus Culture --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Christa Black Gifford is a dynamic worldwide speaker, worship leader, and bestselling songwriter. She was the keynote for Women of Faith's Revolve Tour as well as being a popular blogger and a writer for The Huffington Post. Her life-goal is to provide resources for those broken by the pain of life, leading them into wholeness of heart and intimacy with Jesus. She's married to the love of her life, Lucas Gifford. They live in Nashville, TN with their son, Moses Grae Lionheart, a daughter in heaven, Luca Gold, and their newest addition, daughter, Birdie James.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B01863JN5A
- Publisher : Zondervan (7 June 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 503 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 195 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 374,806 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Heart Made Whole by Christa Black is one of those books I think everyone should read. It is beautiful, tender, touching, moving, and so very helpful.
It begins with the story of how Christa gave birth to a daughter with half a skull and an underdeveloped brain exposed. Her baby lived for 40 minutes. 40 minutes that left Christa with a broken heart. It was in this place of immense pain, rage, sorrow and grief that Christa drew on her intimate relationship with Christ and made a decision to stay connected with him and let him make her heart whole again.
The rest of the book chronicles different painful and joyful experiences from Christa’s life as she has learned to face her pain, feel it, take it to Jesus, and be healed. She shares how she took abuse, addiction, an eating disorder, and other painful issues to Christ and how she developed an intimate connection with him.
This book is relevant to everyone because we all feel pain, have questions about it, and many of us don’t deal with it in a healthy way. This book is a comfort and a great resource for dealing with pain.
This book had me in tears often and gave me many insights. It’s never condemning but always comforting.
It took away a lot of Christian guilt I felt by showing me that the Christian journey doesn’t always look perfect. Christa struggles with a lot of the same struggles I have and we’ve dealt with our pain in a lot of the same unhealthy ways: performance, addiction, escape, denial.
The book has changed parts of my theology and I love when my thinking is expanded like this. Here are the main insights I got out of this book:
Bad stuff isn’t okay.
I used to think that bad stuff was okay because ‘there’s a reason for everything,’ and ‘God’s in control.’ But God cries and rages over the bad stuff. His will is for no bad stuff.
So why is there bad stuff? God is in charge but he isn’t in control. He gives us the control to choose what we do even if it harms ourselves, others, and him. He never controls us; instead he submits to us because he loves us. He loves us enough to endure the pain we cause, so we should love ourselves enough to feel our pain too.
Yes, God turns all things around for good and for his glory, and he heals all pain and brokenness, but he still shakes with rage and cries with anguish at pain and brokenness. He feels so strongly about the pain and brokenness that he died so we could be healed and made whole.
Pain isn’t bad.
It simply tells us the condition of the heart. I always thought my heart as my enemy. I saw it as something I couldn’t trust and something that would hurt me. But pain isn’t the issue. Pain tells us that something is hurting us and we need to deal with the cause of the pain. If we ignore the pain, then we will continue to be hurt. So listen to the heart when it cries out.
Self-hatred comes when our heart is at war with itself.
A really helpful theory the book presents is that there are three parts to our heart. The emotional heart is the part that feels, the guardian heart is the part that protects, and the function heart is the part that keeps on going. If the guardian heart condemns the emotional heart for feeling, and if the function heart ignores the pain, then the heart is divided and at war with itself. We will never feel peace in life if our heart is at war. And we will never be free if we don’t face the truth of our pain because it’s the truth that sets us free.
Our job isn’t to heal our own heart, to fix it or make it whole; that is Jesus’ job.
Our job is simply to feel pain and bring it to Jesus. As long as we stay connected to Jesus we will never be alone in our pain and he will heal what only he can heal.
There is nothing wrong with you if you’re a Christian and you have a broken heart. When bad things happen and you feel pain, your heart breaks. Each time it breaks, stay connected to Jesus and he will put it back together.
Don’t condemn your broken heart or your pain. Don’t shame yourself or hate yourself for what you feel. Don’t try to change yourself. Instead, accept the way you feel as Jesus accepts you as you are. Let him love you.
Don’t live to love and serve God.
Live to be loved by God. As he fills you with love, you will naturally love him and express this naturally by serving him and others.
Head knowledge doesn’t give you your beliefs; experience does.
If you’ve experienced rejection and never experienced the love of God, then no matter how many times you hear the facts about God’s love and tell yourself that God loves you, your core belief will still say that you are unlovable.
I can trick myself into thinking I believe what my head knows but deep down I believe what my experience has told me. So I need to have an encounter with Jesus where I meet him at a heart level.
I need to experience a God who is safe and trustworthy when life hasn’t been safe or trustworthy. I need to experience a love that is greater than fear, acceptance that is greater than rejection, and joy that is greater than pain.
If you’ve got a broken heart, if you deny your feelings, if you struggle with self-hatred, if you wonder why bad things happen to good people (or why bad things happen at all), this book will help. If you’re a perfectionist, a people pleaser, a performer, and/or a stress-head, this book will help. If you’re a Christian struggling with depression, addiction and/or exhaustion from doing good works and doing the right things, this book will help.
Read it, read it, read it!!!
5 stars -Very helpful book for my life journey. Definitely want to read it again. Learnt so much!
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 September 2018
The guidance Krista shares in to also invite the Savior into every place of our hearts is redemptive and beautifully done.
This isn't just another story it is a shame busting, strongholds tearing down venture that exploded in my heart. I have been challenged in reading this but I have also been able to look at my messy heart without shame.