GUIDED BY OUR PAIN is a book that explains how pain is not just some sort of a social disease, but that it is something regular people suffer from everyday, and it never changes. The truth is, pain, of the mental nd emotional type, is common among all humans, and everyone, at some point in their life, will suffer some form of mental and emotional pain. The question is, what will they do once pain comes knocking at their door? But be it known, pain doesn’t have to stay in a person’s life indefinitely, rather, it can be that thing that passes in the night, like a light headache, or it can come and stay, and be an annoyance and torment you forever.
Out of the twelve enlightening chapters (many of which openly oppose other authors’ wisdom and foolish psychological and philosophical teachings), GUIDED BY OUR PAIN exposes and wonderfully dispels the useless wisdom of man. It also informs the readers of the truth about the dangers of mental and emotional pain, as well as instructs them in how to best combat their pain from an entirely different perspective. This book also touches on the spiritual and soulful nature of a man. Below are subject matters which many other authors tend to avoided.
--introduction to being Guided by Our Pain
--pain’s destructive nature in man
--the things we feed our pain, and the adverse effects pain has on man
--undoing the psychological and philosophical whitewashing
--pain’s true meaning and purpose in man’s life
--unmasking the mask of people’s pain places on them – removing the façade
--stopping the cultural breeding, and bring about a SELF-RELIANT SOCIETY
--properly communicate what you are felling – and to whom?
--man’s inner struggles with pain – and their inability to communicate pain
Who was the single most diabolical person in America in 1995 that in one day’s time made a mockery of this nation’s value systems and caused us to question our own perceived morals and ethics? Of course, the answer to this question is Timothy McVeigh, yet, more than fifteen years after the attack of the Alfred P. Murrah Building, this nation still does not have any answers for why its citizens are steep in their pain.
One third of all Americans, about 82.3 million suffer from some form of mental and emotional pain, and most are not even aware of the danger zone that lurks all about them. Nearly half of these people spend a great deal of time, energy, and MONEY trying to find some answers or some form of cure for their pain. People’s search for tranquility may lead them to some place as simple as a psychologist’s office, or it may even cause them to turn inwardly and become recluse and depressed for long periods. More importantly, their pain can cause them to become violent as well as a threat to the safety and welfare of millions of innocent people. Why is this so, because no one has ever directly addressed the thought of people’s pain being at the heart of this nation’s fastest growing problem?
Despite the amount of money that is spent each year trying to help people combat their pain, America continues to retain the highest percentage of people who tormented by mental and emotional pain. In addition, statistics have shown that nearly three out of every fifteen people we meet presently suffer from some form of mental and emotional pain. Mental health professionals continue trying to medicate people, thinking that they can alleviate people’s pain, but in truth, they are just medicating the physical body because they have no answer for the soul of a man.
These professionals have purposefully overlooked and disregarded the fact that men have a spirit and a soul, and they refuse to accept the fact that it is impossible to medicate a man’s soul. The only thing that can heal the soul and spirit of a man is the TRUTH that is in the Word of God! This is what Guided by Our Pain has to offer that none of these other worldly authors, philosophers, and psychologists can. Why, because they themselves are spiritually deficient, and unknowingly (on their part) their knowledge and all such treatments they have prescribe are designed to work against the knowledge of God, as well as the soul of a man?
Our nation spends in excess of 8 trillion dollars each year making, studying, and distributing new medicines. They establish institutions, as well as train up professionals to try to combat this growing problem. Yet, despite their best efforts, this problem has continued to grow by leap and bounds each year for the past ten years or so.
The National Centers for Victims of Crime states that in 2006:
A violent crime occurred every 22 seconds, murder every 31 seconds, forcible rape every 6 seconds, robbery every 1 second and aggravated assault every 37 seconds. The estimated number of violent crime offenses was more than 1.4 million according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s study.
It goes on to state,
Crime victims have a much higher ‘lifetime’ incidence of suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than people those who have been victimized. The ratio is actually 25% vs. 9.4% of the people. Of crime victims diagnosed with PTSD, 37% also suffer from depression.
With statistical numbers such as these, showing the amount of people who have been victimized by an assailant suffering from mental and emotional pain, along with the number of trauma these victims who were left to cope with their pain, the question now becomes; how many of these people are truly getting the help they need to get back on their feet and back into the game of life? Therefore, the amount people who suffer from mental and emotional pain are far greater than most professionals have ever imagined.
The Lord Jesus Christ told the entire world more than 2500 years ago what the answer to this problem was. He said, “You shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall make you FREE!” St. John 8:32. Therefore, neither man’s philosophy nor his mystical teaching shall ever make men free. Only the TRUTH will make men FREE! This is what Guided by Our Pain has to offer that none of the other authors’ books can offer.
Men constantly fight, as they are found refusing to believe that the pain inside of a man is spiritual in nature, and therefore their pain can only be treated and alleviated by the spiritual principles found in God's Holy Word. One way in which the author has made this book easy to be read and comprehended, he has divided this book up into five parts, each describing one of the elements in our value system that will help people stabilize their pain. The inner parts of the book will contain illustrations that show the life cycle of pain in the carnal minded mind, as well as describes the support chain for those presently suffering from mental and emotional pain. Aside for these illustrations, there is a word of wisdom at the beginning of each chapter, along with a chart detailing what it is the readers will learn in each chapter.
Guided by Our Pain is an earnest book that peels back the soulful and spiritual eyelids of men, unveiling how they are being destroyed by their very own pain, as well as by the foolish wisdom and knowledge of men that they have come to trust in over the centuries.
It reveals an absolute truth that has the power to set them free, as it describes the many effects of mental and emotional pain that occurs in every man; as well as it discusses the destructive power of pain in the lives of people everywhere. The problem in our society lies in the fact that men have never learned to control this rage, especially rage that has been brought on as a result of their pain. Guided by Our Pain teaches men how to bring their rage and anger under arrest, as it simultaneously tells them the WHY they must do so.
Author, Thomas Moore, writer of the book, Care of the Soul unknowingly spelled out a need for such a book as this, as he was found contending about the soul of a man. In his book, he claimed that “The soul of A MAN is not a project for self-improvement . . .” This book repudiates this belief held by Mr. Moore’s as it describes the human struggle in every facet, as it pertains unto the soulish part of a man.
RECEIVING END OF PAIN
After spending twelve years in the military serving my country, with most of those years spent as a gunnery sergeant and section chief in an artillery unit, I had the pleasure of partaking in many combat field maneuvers. Many of these field exercises were mainly focused upon unit training, practicing individual sectional cannoneer drills, and shooting fire missions.
Yet, out of all the years that I spent as an artilleryman, shooting fire missions was always the height of any field exercise. “Big Guns” as we like to say in artillery. The thought of shooting two hundred pound rounds down range, from a ten-inch diameter gun barrel can be quite exhilarating, especially when you happen to be sending those rounds down range to wreak havoc on a target.
But each time I sent a round down range, it never ceased to amaze me how that by just dialing a few numbers into a couple of tiny vial glasses, those rounds would always, find their way to their target with pinpoint accuracy, and reach their desired destination within one meter of the desired target. To know that something as small as a dial glass, could guide something as large as those 198lbs rounds was mind boggling to me. The massive damage that those high explosive rounds would cause every time they would hit their designated target sparked my attention, for the power of just one round could nearly destroy an entire grid square upon impact.
One day, as I was sitting upon my gun (Howitzer), going through a fire mission, I began to wonder how such training as this would be useful, or how I could benefit from its lesson, later on in life. You know, I was having one of those, what does this all mean, moments. As I sat pondering upon this thought, it came to my attention that I would not want to be on the receiving end of one these rounds, this I was sure of, for the end result would be devastating. Yet, as I think about it today, I realize that it can be just as destructive upon a society when people are on the receiving end of someone’s pain that is fully charged, set, and ready to strike.
Believe it or not, the lives of many people, that is, as far as them achieving their goals and objectives are concerned, have been plotted out for them, like those high explosive round’s whose course had been plotted out with the help of two very small dials. For many, their parents have had a huge hand in helping them chart out their course in life. Let it be known, that even with the most carefulness of planning in the world, it is only fair that I make known to you that each and every individual has their own inborn nature, and this nature inside of them, once set, cannot be redirected by simple human planning, no matter what manner of outside influences they might have received or how powerful those influences might be. However, you should be careful to note that pain, as a force of nature within us, has the ability to become the guidance counselor of our very emotions and turn us from our original plans in life. Even the best-laid plans that you may have can be redirected and guided by your inborn nature.
This form of guidance, which is performed by the force of nature that’s in man, accounts for why we continually witness the fall of so many professional careers of seemingly important men and women in this country each and every day. Why are these men and women, who seemingly have thoroughly embraced the cultures of our society in more ways than one, so often found encroached in illicit affairs, bribery, scandals, and many other illegal ill-gotten activities that usually end up costing them everything they have strived so hard to obtain?
Though this is sad to both see and hear occur in someone’s life, it nevertheless makes you wonder, because many of these people come from good homes, good families and excellent backgrounds, and many have achieved a level of status in their life the majority of us could only wish for. So why do they seemingly lose their way in the height of their careers? Because, no man can withstand the power and lure of the force of nature that is within him, and once it is turned on, it is very difficult to turn off.