• Suffering and the Heart of God

  • How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores
  • By: Diane Langberg
  • Narrated by: Nan McNamara
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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By: Diane Langberg
Narrated by: Nan McNamara
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When someone suffers through trauma, can healing happen? And, if yes, how does it happen? Dr. Diane Langberg tackles these complex and difficult questions with the insights she has gained through more than 40 years of counseling those whose lives have been destroyed by trauma and abuse. Her answer carefully explained in Suffering and the Heart of God is Yes, what trauma destroys, Jesus can and does restore.

But it's not a fast process, instead much patience is required from family, friends, and counselors as they wisely and respectfully help victims unpack their traumatic suffering through talking, tears, and time. And it's not a process that can be separated from the work of God in both a counselor and counselee. Dr. Langberg calls all of those who wish to help sufferers to model Jesus' sacrificial love and care in how they listen, love, and guide.

The heart of God is revealed to sufferers as they grow to understand the cross of Jesus Christ and how their God came to this earth and experienced such severe suffering that he too is well-acquainted with grief. The cross of Jesus Christ is the lens that transforms and redeems traumatic suffering and its aftermath, not only for the sufferer, but it also transforms those who walk with the suffering.

©2015 Diane Langberg (P)2020 Tantor

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Full of healthy and valuable insights and the heart of God. Hard to listen as it is about our dark and traumatizing realities, and fights and lost battles with it. But so worth to listen for in all chapters Christ is centered and witnessed. It is not sweat devotional book, but real, healthy, life and hope giving, without denial of the burden of struggles the trauma and vikedness brings. A must listen material, especially for those, who work and deal with any type of trauma burden either as their direct job or as a volunteer, or personally, and especially in Christian contexts. Hudge help will come through this book about things and struggles so real and so little discussed or trained of. Thank you for the great book and faithful journey with Christ out of which this book was born.

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Jesus only can deal with trauma, but you can help

I repeat: Jesus only can deal with trauma, but you can help. A look at how He works and how you can help Him.

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Excellent read!!! Highly recommend!!

I Highly recommend this book!! Such Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Discernment, Sharing, Forgiveness, Love of Christ, etc.....!! Love how Dr Langberg’s holds nothing back & Informs us all of Real Truth! Of what’s Truly going on.👏🙌🙏❤️

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An amazing look into the world of trauma. This book has given me a new perspective on addiction, trauma, the church, and God's creation.

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Help, insight, encouragement for God’s people being people

This book carefully and lovingly encourages people helpers. It equips with knowledge and wisdom. What I particularly appreciate is that it aims to remind us to be humble in face of helping the hurting. Always turn to God. He is not just working on those we are helping.

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A Must Read

The best book I have ever read on working with traumatized people. I wish it would have been a text in grad school.

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Wow! She gets it!

This book is a priceless resource for Christians who desire to recover from abuse or counsel people who have endured it.

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challenging...

Langberg brings decades of insights into both suffering and scripture. It is very helpful, but also quite difficult to process emotionally. Written for professional Christian counselors and pastors, it at times seems like either a 13-hour sermon (with a fair amount of repetition), or eavesdropping on Langberg's own sessions with her counselor as she wrestles with second-hand suffering and trauma.

Be sure to take a break while reading and take care of yourself - or you might find yourself inexplicably depressed or angry.

The reader, Nan MacNamara, is excellent in pace as well as expression. Well done!

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Geared toward therapists/counselors, but helpful.

I'm not a counselor, but I found this to be helpful for information on different topics about mental health. Good narrator and well written.