Today, I’m thrilled to share a book with you that I’ve been waiting to be released for a long time!
Written by my friend Christina Fox, A Heart Set Free: A Journey to Hope Through the Psalms of Lament, is a book for weary-worn souls. It is a book for all women struggling to understand how their faith in Jesus Christ intersects with life’s difficult moments.
It reads true to Christina’s character and personal story of how a specific group of Psalms in the Scriptures helped her to overcome emotions that threatened to shipwreck her life – depession, anxiety, despair, and more.
Christina starts her book where all good stories begin – in the Garden. The entrance of sin into God’s creation corrupted all things, particularly the human heart. Because of that, A Heart Set Free, is more than a guide to cultivating healthy emotions; the book challenges readers to use biblical tools (the Psalms of Lament) to voice and identify the emotions that hold them hostage so that they might live and walk in the freedom of Christ.
WHAT IS A LAMENT?
Newer believers might be unaware that there are songs classified in the Scriptures as laments.
A lament is a type of song that honestly expresses the deepest cries of the human heart – cries of sorrow, fear, anger, anxiety, depression, suffering, pain. More than simple venting, the laments offer modern believers a guide for pouring out their hearts to God so that they might find hope in him.
5 REASONS THE PSALMS OF LAMENT OFFER HOPE
In the book, Christina outlines 5 reasons the Psalms of Lament offer hope in the midst of spiritual and emotional darkness.
(1) They help us express our feelings in honest and healthy ways.
(2) They help shape our feelings, helping us interpret them in light of God’s redemptive plan for the entire world.
(3) They teach us more about ourselves by revealing our greatest need and how our minds and hearts influence our lives.
(4) They teach us more about God, his character and activity in us and the world.
(5) They reorient us to the truth of the gospel and how it transforms us from the inside out.
Part of the power of Christina’s book is her own personal story of interacting with the laments, particularly in writing her own laments using the pattern and language the psalmist provides. A Heart Set Free is the vulnerable story of how Scripture is redeeming the heart of one woman and the hard work heart work is. It is a journey that I suspect will resonate with countless believers struggling with depression and anxiety.
Christina has been working on this book in both her head and heart for a while, and after seeing the finished product, I can’t recommend it heartily enough.
Fortunately, she has graciously provided a free copy for one lucky Hive Resources reader! And because the Psalms are one of my favorite books in the Bible, I thought I’d pair her book with one of my other favorite things: coffee!
To enter to win a copy of A Heart Set Free and a $15 Starbucks gift card, simply leave a comment in this blog post. That’s it! Pretty easy, right? Comments must be posted by Tuesday, May 31 at midnight! (U.S. Residents only).
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