Healing the Wounded Soul: Ways to Inner Wholeness, Volume I

• If I am a Christian, why do I still suffer from my painful memories? • If God has forgiven me for everything, why do I still feel depressed and inferior to others? • How can I forgive someone who has hurt me so much? • If God loves me so much, why doesn’t He get me out of the mess I’m in? • How can I comfort people who are really hurting?

If you begin to tell the truth, you won’t know what you will find hidden down underneath everything. Telling the truth hurts; it hurt when you first experienced the pain, and it will hurt when you relive it. But this time it will make you free.

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If you begin to tell the truth, you won’t know what you will find hidden down underneath everything. Telling the truth hurts; it hurt when you first experienced the pain, and it will hurt when you relive it. But this time it will make you free.

Healing the Wounded Soul:
Closing Open Doors, Volume 2

After reading the first volume of Healing the Wounded Soul, many people found deep healing for their inner pain. They were so thankful the memories that had plagued had lost their pain. The concept that Jesus carried our emotional pain to the cross for our healing had been completely new to them. Yet for some, their pain continued or the memory of what happened remained as frightening as before. Another question was why were some temptations, such as getting angry, so hard to control? These people could be furious before they even knew there was something to get angry about. These problems may have passed from generation to generation. For some, it felt as though getting angry were a weak spot in their characters where a spirit of anger could walk right into their daily activities, while the thought of robbing a bank didn’t even register as being tempting. In this volume, Dr. Westmeier writes about dealing with these weak spots or open doors from biblical principles and her counseling experiences.

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Carlos then declared, before the visible and invisible world, that he made Jesus of Nazareth King of every area of his life. He invited Him to come in and take His throne and to show him what he should think, say, feel, do and be, and what he should not think, say, feel, do and be. Carlos promised that, by the grace of God, he would obey in everything. In the name of Jesus, I loosened in him the capacity to think, feel and speak, and to act and be the way God had intended when He first planned Carlos’ life. This was a long and difficult time for him.

Healing the Wounded Soul: Taking Every Thought Captive, Volume 3

Many people are plagued with thoughts they cannot control such as, “Did I really turn that gas off all the way? Maybe I should go back and check it one more time, just to be sure.” “You need to repent from that sin again. You really weren’t sorry enough when you asked forgiveness. You are much sorrier now than when you asked for forgiveness the last time.” “The door may not be really shut. You didn’t touch the three spots on the doorframe, just to be sure. You’d better go back and check it. Being too lazy to get out of bed to do it again is no excuse.” “You forgot your checkbook! You always forget everything. You’re just no good.” Examining our thought life involves distinguishing three kinds of voices. We use our minds to think our own thoughts. When God communicates with us, His thoughts must register in our minds if we want to understand what He is saying. Temptations must also register in our minds if they are to become real temptations. In this volume of Healing the Wounded Soul, Dr. Westmeier gives practical steps and biblical ways to sort out our thoughts and to get free of the obsessive ones.

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Marcos was preparing for the ministry. He believed that God wanted him to serve as an evangelist, telling others of the love of Jesus. But Marcos was angry with most churches and pastors. He felt that most sermons were meant to make people feel guilty. Every Sunday he left his church feeling so guilty that it took him all week to get himself out of his depression. He had to spend hours and hours on his knees begging God to forgive him for not caring enough for others. By that time the next weekend had come and the time to return to church to listen to another sermon that condemned him.

Healing the Wounded Soul: Healing Wounded Relationships, Volume 4

Many of our relationships are in crisis. We have painful, unresolved relationships in our churches, with our neighbors, with our friends, in places of work. Friendships break up, marriages fall apart and homes disintegrate. Why, if God himself made male and female as opposites but fully compatible and established marriage as a representation of human love and togetherness, then why is it so difficult to live together in a complimentary way? Times of transition between the stages of life bring vulnerable times into the relationships. Leaving one stage for the next stage causes a sense of loss. Graduating from high school or college, or going from a single life to marriage or to the birth of children all bring losses. These losses must be grieved. If the transitions are not successfully completed, all future stages are jeopardized. In this book, Dr. Westmeier deals with taking steps to heal broken relationships such as how to ask forgiveness without accusing the other person, how to grieve our losses and how to successfully move forward into the next stage of life.

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I explained that in relationships we function like our two eyes. Even though both eyes look at the same object, each one sees things a little different from the other. What each eye sees is “the truth,” even though its truth is different from the other eye’s truth. When the brain brings the “truth” of both eyes together, it gives us a concept of depth.