Note: I received this book for free from Barbour Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.
About a month ago I agreed to review the book Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over by Anita Agers-Brooks. Little did I know at the time that our family would be getting some difficult news. I find it beautiful how God prepares our hearts and also reminds us that He is walking through the valley with us.
I was interested in this book because I have lived with chronic pain and chronic health problems for a long time now, and part of the purpose of this blog is to encourage others who are struggling in their lives. Living with chronic pain makes for a difficult life, and I don’t “look sick” so many people begin to believe that I am either faking it, or that I am merely lazy. Even close friends and family who see me on my worst days struggle with understanding how bad I feel most days. I think that it is really only something someone with chronic pain can truly understand. To be honest I don’t want people to be able to understand fully if it means they have to live with what I deal with day in and day out.
Through the Valley of Shadow
Just recently my family received some news that could potentially impact our lives in powerful ways. I honestly don’t want to think about all the possibilities that we are facing. At this point we don’t really know what is happening and that is enough of a struggle to be honest with you. Knowing there is an issue that is way beyond your control that can change your life, and then having to wait to be able to fully understand what is actually going on makes that even harder.
Can you relate? Have you been in that phase of waiting for the ball to drop… right on your head? That is where we are right now.
But the Lord knows what the future holds. In fact the Bible tells us that God holds the future in His hand. The Bible also tells us that God is good. I choose to trust that. I choose to walk by faith and rest in the fact that God will walk beside us through the challenging time that is ahead of us.
Over the past several months life has been hard. It seems that one thing after another has hit our family. Health concerns for the children, broken appliances, the death of a dear friend and my own health struggles in the middle of everything adding stress and strain to an already difficult situation. And now this.
In her book, Anita Agers-Brooks, shares some very personal stories of her own struggles to gain her footing after being hit with some difficult life circumstances. In the book, Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over she also shares powerful stories of trauma and struggle that I am sure many of my readers can relate to. Stories of sexual abuse, adultery, loss of a child, and many more powerful testimonies of trauma and healing. In each chapter Ms. Brooks gives the reader some tools to use to help begin the healing process that are unique to each trauma discussed within the book. She reminds the reader that seeking professional help is often very necessary for us to move to a place of full healing from these traumas that we have suffered. Ms. Brooks also points out that many of us are dealing with PTSD at some level following these traumas suffered, and it goes untreated in many cases.
The first chapter is a powerful story of a survivor of Auschwitz during WWII. It was painful for me to read to be honest with you because of the raw detail given of the horrors suffered by this dear woman who survived Hitler’s death camp while her parents did not. Each chapter that follows is as compelling moving the reader through many other traumatic events. While constantly pointing the reader to hope, and faith. Ms. Brooks is constantly pointing our eyes back to Jesus. Reminding us that in the midst of our pain there is healing. I found a chapter that resonated with me. I have a feeling that you will find a chapter that resonates with you as well.
Are you in the middle of heartbreak? Are you in a place so dark that you don’t think you will ever break free from the chains that are being wrapped around your heart and mind? There is hope. There is a healer. Anita Agers-Brooks uses each chapter to point those of us who are so broken to the Healer of all trauma, and of all heartaches.
I did find this book to be a helpful tool. It is raw, and can be painful to read at times. If you are struggling I suggest you get counseling from your pastor or other professional and consider reading this book to walk with you to a place of healing. I do ask, Please DO NOT try and face those dark places alone. Find help. You are worth it!