I know pain. I have been diagnosed with depression in the past, experience anxiety attacks, suffered from panic disorder, been heart broken at varying degrees, lost my father to a terminal disease...I know pain. What I did not know is how to embrace and accept pain. I did not think we were supposed to, so like everybody else, I was feeling for relief from whatever sources I could find. I wanted to escape the pain, even for moments at a time.
Thorns in the Heart was written for me and millions like me. I'm not just saying this to get you to buy a copy of this book, I'm telling you that if you struggle with pain or know someone who does, this book is for you. It opened my eyes to my own reality and the reality of pain, and how God uses that for His glory and how we should naturally respond to it. Like breathing, pain is necessary and we may never be free from it on this side of eternity. This book may not help you to escape your pain, but it will teach you how to live with it and depend on the only person who can truly set us free.
Addiction and pain. For most Christian's they are easier to bury or ignore than deal with. Yet, it's only a matter of time before many of the things we run from must be faced. But how? In Thorns in the Heart, Dr. Steven Stiles cites actual cases to expose the physical, emotional and spiritual vulnerability of Christians when they avoid dealing with pain.
About the Author
Dr. Steven Stiles, a pastor, is a faculty member at Bethany University in Scotts Valley, California, where he teaches addiction studies. He also teaches at Western Seminary in San Jose and has lectured internationally on addictions. He is the Clinical Director at New Life Community Services in Santa Cruz, California which provides emergency shelter and drug and alcohol treatment. He is a graduate of the American Baptist Seminary of the West (D.Min.) and maintains counselor certification through the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CADCII).