The Wall Around Your Heart: How Jesus Heals You When Others Hurt You by Mary DeMuth

I really debated reviewing this book, because I just wasn’t sure how I’d do with trying to share about how this kind of book helped me.  But it was definitely worth the read, and I thought the way it showed how we all build walls – in an attempt to “protect” ourselves – was beautifully illustrated.  Each time we’re hurt, if we don’t take that hurt immediately to Jesus and ask Him to step in and heal us/the situation/the relationship, we’re adding a block to a wall.  And it doesn’t take long to completely wall ourselves in.  We do so need a Savior, and not just once, but every single day!

The author tells us that we have to realize two main things as we work through our hurts: “We cannot love our enemies until we see the twin truths: God loves me. God loves them.”  There is so much truth in that.  We always want to think that WE are right and THEY are wrong, but at the heart of the matter is the fact that God loves both of us.  Even the one who is wrong.  And while we may have every right to be upset and hurt, the person who did it to us has just as much right as we do to be loved by God.  If we are really supposed to be the hands and feet of Jesus, showing His love to others, doesn’t that extend to people who have wronged us over the years too?

The book is extremely thought-provoking, and I think it will take more than one time through the book to really glean everything from it.  Jesus can heal us, and often does even when we don’t ask for it, but this book says that we really do need to ask.  It uses the Lord’s Prayer as a guide, and it really is a fantastic book that makes you think and want to ask for more!

I would absolutely recommend this book, even for those who may think they don’t have any walls present in their lives.  It’s a great book to help you study, help you think, and help you draw closer to the Lord.  I really don’t think there’s any better thing a book could do for us than that!

The Wall around your heart cover

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