Relationships can be messy, even explosive at times, which is why Mary DeMuth’s book,The Wall Around Your Heart: How Jesus Heals You When Others Hurt You, is such a powerful tool for Christians. Christ calls us live in community with another, but as broken people we tend to have rough and painful edges that hurt others and they likewise hurt us. Living in forgiveness and showing grace are skills we must learn in order to function as a healthy and whole Christian body.
I was surprised and intrigued to find that DeMuth structures her book by applying the various statements in the Lord’s Prayer to relational healing, challenging us to keep God’s name holy by allowing Him to be God (and not expecting other people to be divine) or to let God’s kingdom come by “living in the great right now.”
She’s always honest, always vulnerable, always practical, and always full of wisdom in this book. DeMuth isn’t writing as someone who has never suffered hurt at the hands of others. Whether it is familial conflict and sexual abuse from her childhood, ministry conflict from Christians (and even Christian leaders) or even struggling adult friendships, she assures us that human relationships are hard, but they are worth it. We may want to pull back and withdraw, but she encourages the reader to push through to the other side where Jesus can turn the broken into beauty.
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