Walking Into Walls: 5 Blind Spots That Block God’s Work in You by Stephen Arterburn discusses what happens when we’re burdened by emotional walls and immobilized with defeat. Five different walls are presented in the book: the wall of stubborn resistance, the wall of arrogant entitlement, the wall of justifiable resentment, the wall of disconnected isolation, and the wall of blind ignorance. Arterburn describes these as phantom walls that stop us from moving forward and then offers solutions for moving into the future. He also clarifies the difference between walls and boundaries to ensure a healthy solution.
Over 20 years ago, Arterburn founded the first New Life Treatment Center. With a network of more than 840 counselors, each Center was intended to be a place where patients suffering from various issues could be given medical, psychiatric, and Biblically-based care, and develop the tools they needed to live healthy and productive lives. Through his work with New Life, Arterburn noticed something significant. As much as patients wanted to heal, they kept walking into walls and repeating the same patterns, with different people but the same results. The only way for patients to move forward was to openly acknowledge those “walls,” so God could begin His healing work. In addition to his work with New Life, he has been the editor of 10 Bible projects, including the Life Recovery Bible. In 1996, he started the most successful traveling conference, Women of Faith, attended by over 4 million women.
After reading the book Walking Into Walls: 5 Blind Spots That Block God’s Work in You by Stephen Arterburn I had a better understanding of walls that keep us from experiencing a full and joyful life God created for His children. The walls are invisible in our eyes until we read through the chapters and discern which, if any, walls might hinder our walk of faith. Arterburn presents the material in a down-to-earth fashion with scripture to support his message.
At the end of the book you’ll find a study guide for small group discussion or personal reflection. The study guide includes a link for online video presentations to support the book material.
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