Diane Langberg New Book: Suffering and the Heart of God
Trauma healing cannot be hurried. Patience and love–godly traits–are put to the test with loved ones as they watch and try to help those in trauma. Diane Langberg’s new book, Suffering and the Heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores, examines the process of healing for the victim, the care-giver, and those that love the sufferer. “Unpacking” requires time.
“The heart of God is revealed to sufferers as they grow to understand the cross of 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 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.”
The book is an encouragement to hope–the larger work of the church–along with identifying specific ways the church can understand and participate in the redeeming work of Jesus as Healer. Truth, in the inward parts, is also examined. As we observe trauma we may encounter our own buried issues, necessitating healing.
The larger issue of worldwide trauma is also a church issue; we cannot pretend trauma, especially in the refugee population, doesn’t exist in a way that will affect the world for many years to come. We are called in the church to broach the subject: plainly, yet not so simple. Langberg says, “Also, in reducing evil to little or nothing we fail to see the work of Christ on the cross in truth. There is no evil He has not borne. He carried incest, genocide, war, and trafficking—all of it.”
Dr. Diane Langberg tackles these complex and difficult questions with the insights she has gained through more than forty 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, Christ can and does restore.