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Healing Is a Choice Journal

by Stephen Arterburn



From chronic physical pain to deep emotional hurts, we are all, at some level, in need of healing. And healing, writes author Stephen Arterburn, is a choice, although not our choice-it is God's choice. While that may lead us to understand that healing is out of our hands, there are several things we do or believe that can stand in the way of God's healing in our lives.

Describing ten choices we can make, and the corresponding ten lies that we must reject, Arterburn outlines the plan for opening our lives to God's divine touch. For example, to be receptive to God's healing, we must make the choice to feel; but we often buy into the lie that we need something to help numb the pain. Likewise, we can choose to embrace reality; but we often falsely believe that if we act as if nothing is wrong, the problem will go away.

Healing on all levels-spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical-is a miraculous gift from God; but it is a function of our own decisions and beliefs as well. When we make the right choices, and reject the lies, we can find the way to wholeness again.


Author Information

  • Steve Arterburn is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministries, and host of the # 1 nationally syndicated Christian counseling talk show New Life Live, heard and watched by millions on over 180 radio stations nationwide. Arterburn is also the founder of the Women of Faith conferences attended by over four million people, and he serves as a teaching pastor at Heartland Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Arterburn is a nationally known public speaker and has been featured in national media venues such as OprahInside EditionGood Morning AmericaCNN LiveThe New York TimesUSA TodayUS News & World ReportABC World News Tonight, as well as GQ magazine and Rolling Stonemagazine. In August 2000, Steve was inducted into the National Speakers Association’s Hall of Fame.

    Steve is the best-selling author of Every Man’s BattleLose It for LifeHealing Is a ChoiceIs This the One?, and Walking Into Walls. With over seven million books in print, he has been writing about God’s transformational truth since 1984. He has been nominated for numerous writing awards and won three Gold Medallions for writing excellence. Along with Dave Stoop, he edited and produced The Life Recovery Bible.

    Steve resides with his family in McCordsville, Indiana.