Understanding Difficult Scriptures in a Healing Way

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Since loving connection is the central theme of the Bible, reading any scripture passage should help us feel closer to God, ourselves, others and the universe. Yet, "difficult scriptures"--those that seem to present an unloving, frightening or narrow image of God--can reinforce patterns of fear and shame and make it more difficult to take in healing love. However, when such passages are properly contextualized and interpreted, they often turn out to be surprisingly good news. This book, grounded in contemporary scholarship, gives examples of some wonderful surprises. It also suggests simple ways of interpreting any passage that helps us find the essence of the scriptures: a consistently loving, healing and salvific God.

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--anyone interested in the Bible

--believers

--non-believers

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Dennis, Sheila, and Matt Linn work as a team integrating physical, emotional and spiritual wholeness, currently through leading retreats and spiritual companioning. They have taught courses on processes for healing in over forty countries and in many universities and hospitals. With total sales over a million copies, their seventeen books include Healing Life's Hurts (0-8091-2059-3) and Good Goats (0-8091-3463-2). Dennis and Sheila live in Colorado with their son John, and Matt lives in a Jesuit community in Minnesota.

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The scriptures are the best book in the world, and maybe also the worst. Read and be transformed. -- Richard Rohr, O.F.M. Center for Action and Contemplation Albuquerque, New Mexico

This is a clear and disarming exposition of the gospel-as-lived. It takes up where most biblical scholarship leaves off. -- Jerome Neyrey, S.J. Professor of New Testament University of Notre Dame

This is another fine example of the wisdom and sensitivity many have found in the healing ministries of the Linns. -- John R. Sachs, S.J. Weston Jesuit School of Theology Cambridge, Massachusetts

With their usual incisiveness and clarity, the Linns have once again struck one of the great chords of Christian faith. --Walter Wink Professor of Biblical Interpretation Auburn Theological Seminary

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