||Thy Word Publishing
||Aug 3, 2010
Barnes & Noble.com
The Burning Bookstore
Life's daily struggles can often leave us perplexed and bewildered on how to cope with hard issues. In COMPLETELY WHOLE, Paulette Harper offers keys to help those who are searching for answers that can lead to a life of complete wholeness: Spirit, Soul and Body.
Completely Whole features thoughtful meditations, and timely scriptural passages, all designed to present the reader with a detailed, comprehensive understanding of what it takes to achieve a truly fulfilling life… Spirit, Soul and Body.
David proclaimed, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn Your statues.” (Psalms 119:71 AMP)
Psalms 119:67 (AMP) states, “Before I was afflicted, I went astray, Your word do I keep [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it].”
If God does not allow afflictions or thorns to bother us at times, we might fail to seek Him. In order for us to remain humble and not become arrogant, God knows exactly what He needs to do to keep us from experiencing the repercussions of a haughty spirit. I’m sure David believed that the affliction was a great annoyance and brought much suffering. Later, he realized why God afflicted him. Eventually, David humbly admitted that he brought the affliction on himself by his own selfish behavior.
Here David attempts to offer insight on the cause of his affliction. First, David admits he went astray. His affliction was divinely designed to get him back on track and on course with God’s will and purpose. God will permit painful experiences to get us to align with His will, especially when we clearly lack a sense of focus. This is the primary reason the enemy places distractions in our path. Distractions are designed to derail us, to sidetrack us, and to redirect our attention—ultimately causing us to miss our mark. Distractions can create the illusion of being important issues, but in reality they aren’t— they’re merely illusions.
A distraction can be anything from a previous issue resurfacing to perhaps an old boyfriend, girlfriend or business acquaintance fighting to recapture your focus. Have you ever experienced a former acquaintance calling you from out of nowhere? These kinds of distractions can trigger an emotional imbalance, causing you to entertain thoughts that are far from the truth. Distractions will take your focus from what God is doing, causing confusion. The enemy knows if he can divert your attention away from the Father, he can draw you away—causing you to meditate and ponder things that only have the appearance of reality.
When I signed up to read and review Paulette's new book, I was clueless as to how it would target areas in my life. Pains and heartaches I clung to. But it did. Dead on.
Sometimes we need a picture drawn in order to see what we've allowed to hinder us from a closer relationship with Christ. Paulette's artistic ability at drawing a clear resemblance of "us" is a gift. This book is ideal for a small group women's Bible study class, as well as a personal motivational read!
Each chapter clearly aligning with the passages of Scripture that are included, will bring you to a point of deep reflection of what needs addressing in your heart. Through challenges and changes, Paulette encourages us to embrace what God wants to do in our lives! As Paulette closes each chapter with a prayer, you are invited to carry each need of your life, each problem to Christ--to allow Him full access to address the issues once and for all!
I encourage you to contact Paulette Harper and get a copy of this book for your next women's study group and/or retreat!
Dr. Lakita Long
Completely Whole was written with a hint of personal experiences, meant to create a lasting touch on the hearts of those who read the pages. As I read through the book, I got the sense that Ms. Harper wanted everyone to know that there is a process to becoming whole, and there should be a desire to becoming "Completely Whole".
Never in time as such as we live, will the need arise for us to check in with ourselves, and see what level of authenticity we are operating from. Ms. Harper weaves these types of questions and answers throughout the entire book giving you a way to see yourself as you are and to appreciate the press to do something different.
It is a great read, and it's truths will follow for days and months to come. As it is Ms. Harpers desire for you to reach your place of wholeness, I too say that wholeness is a great place for change to begin.
Literary Wonder Review
COMPLETELY WHOLE is an uplifting inspirational guide that will motivate its reader with the practical use of biblical comparisons. Ms. Harper uses easy to understand language to guide the reader to search inwardly and rely on God for renewal.
Ms. Harper uses her personal experiences to guide the reader to use specific bible verses and themes that will enhance the reader’s spiritual journey towards becoming, COMPLETELY WHOLE. Contemporary situations that are sure to be recognizable & personal to each reader on some level are covered with simplicity. The reader is given practical explanations and uplifting solutions.
Each section ends with a prayer that provides the reader with a specific thought process, which if said with sincerity, from the heart, will definitely reach God’s ears. The use of bible verses from the Amplified Bible provide clear proof that our God is with us throughout our journeys & provides the answers if we are willing to listen.
“COMPLETELY WHOLE” is a guide one can refer to over and over again during times of need. Ms. Harper’s grasp of real life and her method of dealing with these situations truly make this guide a learning tool that can be used over and over again.
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