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How Healed Do You Want to Be? by [Faris, William T.]
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"Healing has a thousand angles, and thousands of entry points and exits. Some work, but some leave the patient worse off than when they began the healing process. In How Healed Do You Want to Be? Bill Faris presents a way to think about healing within the context of our whole life and invites us to go further." - TODD HUNTER, author of "Christianity Beyond Belief"

"Bill Faris doesn't just lead his readers down a path of false hopes, but rather calls them to face off with the possibility that Jesus meant what He said: The kingdom of heaven is at hand, and this kingdom operates by a new economy and new intentions. Bill challenges us to wrestle with a vibrant set of expectations as we look for what God is doing in our lives and in the lives of people around us." - MIKE McNICHOLS, DMin, Director and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Leadership, Fuller Seminary California Coast

Bill Faris could hardly handle the phone after getting the news that his wife and kids were in a head-on collision. The twisted metal wasn't the only thing that was mangled for Bill that day -- what about his faith?

In this moving and personal account, Bill shares his journey of trying to make sense of the pain and suffering inflicted upon him and his family as a result of this tragic accident. His story is one of wrestling with God and a starting point for moving forward. His discovery about healing -- whether it is physical, spiritual or emotional -- was found in the form of a question: How Healed Do You Want to Be? Bill challenges readers to ask: Do you want to get merely bandaged up so you can fight on? Or do you want total healing ... and freedom?

For those courageous enough to purse the latter, Bill lays out a biblical road map that is sure to spark an exciting journey into experiencing the healing that God intends for us to have.

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  • Publisher: Ampelon Publishing; 2nd Edition edition (May 13 2012)
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  • Language: English
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HASH(0x9d8937e0) out of 5 stars Healing in all its facets Aug. 4 2010
By J. Miller - Published on
Format: Paperback
After reading Bill Faris' new book, "How Healed Do You Want to Be?", I think I better understand how illness exists on various levels--physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, social. And I think I better understand how that denying illness in any of its forms is to have a deficient understanding of it. His theme is that healing is more than just a temporary fix, a Band-Aid on a festering sore. God, it seems, works his eternal purpose through both tragedy and triumph, sickness and health.

Right from the outset Faris reminds us how fragile life is and how things can change in the blink of an eye. Several years ago, his wife, Robin, and two of their children were involved in a freak automobile accident on a rain-slick highway. It was a normal, everyday trip to-and-from school that abruptly changed--indeed, everything changed--in a split-second when a construction truck pulled into their lane. Robin suffered the most injuries, 50 fractures in all, with massive head trauma. Bill's first realization after arriving at the emergency room was that he was not in control. This was not a comfortable place to be, considering his wife and children were victims of q life-threatening accident and in critical need of help. Yet that feeling of helplessness turned out to be yet another of those life lessons God teaches us through crisis. Faris writes, "As the first days of Robin's long hospital stay wound on, I became aware of something I did not expect--something I call `the gift of fight.' I suppose others may call it `faith,' but I much prefer the term `fight' because that's what I felt. I felt fight." It was his learning curve that has also helped me, his reader, to see that the "gift of fight"--faith--is sometimes not so much denial as resolve ... and the ability to tell the difference between the two. As seventeenth-century cleric Thomas Fuller observed, "Health is not valued until sickness comes."

Throughout the book, Faris unpacks Jesus' cryptic question to the lame man at the Pool of Bethesda: "Do you want to be healed?"--a rather odd thing to ask a man who had showed up daily, for decades, at the healing pool superstitiously hoping for healing by being placed into its occasionally stirred waters. Of course, he wanted to be healed. Why else was he there? But for Faris Jesus' question begs yet another: How healed do you want to be? Healing is so much more than just temporary relief from some nagging symptom. Total healing is a process that encompasses five facets: release, repair, restoration, redemption, and revelation. To each of these facets Faris devotes a chapter, concluding by saying that "it is impossible to have a good theology of healing if you don't have a good theology of suffering. Each depends on the other." Too often, we stop before healing is complete. Once the symptoms are relieved we think we are healed, while the process remains incomplete.

In all, Faris' sensible view of healing is one of the better books I have read on the subject. Thankfully, it is short on theory and long on practicality, filled with both scriptural proof-texts (for theologs) and practical anecdotes (for the rest of us).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d893834) out of 5 stars You can teach old dogs new tricks June 13 2012
By rettmsw84 - Published on
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I downloaded this because I am a medical social worker in hospice. The questions of "Why" and "How come" are always prevalent and not always answerable. I thought I would gain insight on a Christian level for some of the deeper hurts I encounter constantly. Indeed, I gained insight for work, but also an a personal level. It turned out that this is a very easy to read, well-written, and thought provoking book. It takes about 8 hours to read if you are analyzing, less if you are only reading, but both ways, you come away with something useful.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d893b10) out of 5 stars Great thoughts on healing May 30 2012
By VJB - Published on
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I really liked the way the author included true life stories on healing. The only problem I had with the book was that a lot of the 1st words of sentences had the 1st letter missing. I hope that they will correct this and issue a new edition. Other than that, I have received a lot of information on how to start on my own healing and to help others in my church on their quest for healings.
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HASH(0x9d893a08) out of 5 stars This book asks the right question June 13 2012
By DaveB - Published on
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When I saw the offer for "How Healed Do Want To Be", we were dealing with the issue of people's (including our) need for healing of different kinds and what God's Word says about it, so I was intrigued. The book does not disappoint in answering the most important questions about healing. We do have to want it, really want it. Thanks!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d893bf4) out of 5 stars Healing that Makes Sense for the Whole Church Sept. 19 2009
By R. Lee Ross - Published on
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Healing is a subject that largely is either ignored or warped by the evangelical community. Neither position is Biblical or benefical to the life of the church and the accomplishent of its mission.

Bill Faris has provided a biblically based approach that is integrated theologically as part of God's salvation-sanctification process. God's heart for healing does not simply take away our discomfort, but is one that brings wholeness and ultimately Christlikeness.

Expect neither a "dry treatise" or "warm fuzzies", but rather a paradigm that engages the reader's mind and heart to explore various dimensions of healing. In the exploring, you will find yourself naturally pausing to reflect, pray and apply these concepts. You will not find trite or simplistic answers here, but a path that is as unique as the individual and his relationship to God. Bring your highlighter for there are nuggets you will want to keep for the rest of your journey.

Favorite quote:

It would help us if we acknowledge that our theology of helaing and suffering is shaped in part by our own expectations. Still, I believe that it is impossible to have a good theology of healing if you don't have a good theology of suffering. In the same way, you can't have a good theology of suffering unless you have a good theology of healing. Each depends upon the other.How Healed Do You Want to Be?