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“Drawing deeply from Scripture and the wisdom of the ancient Church, Father (Dr.)Nicholas and Presvytera (Dr.) Roxanne Louh inspire you to grow in relationship withthe Lover of your soul, expel guilt, receive peace, nurture life and health in personalrelationships, and aspire to spiritual and emotional maturity for the greater benefit ofthe Kingdom of God. I highly recommend this book!”—Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host ofthe Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast
Renewing YOU: A Priest, a Psychologist, and Plan, written by a husband and wife team — the husband a priest and the wife a psychologist — Father (Dr.) Nicholas Louh and Dr. Roxanne Louh provide priceless insights into how to find personal renewal in these challenging times.
Here’s just an excerpt for those feeling that they’re “grounded” when they’re yearning deeply to once again take flight:
“Do you want to live a visionary life of purpose and meaning? Do you want to live in Christwith a sense of purpose and peace? Most of you will answer “yes.” And yet, rather thansoaring to spiritual heights, we often remain grounded — emotionally and spiritually“stuck” in our harmful habits and attitudes. From the time we leave our childhoods behind,our lives are like books with each chapter presenting new challenges, and in some chapters,we resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms in order to manage life’s tough moments. Eventhough the difficulties we face offer us opportunities to draw nearer to Christ and thusbe lifted above the weight of our struggles and disappointments, we can find ourselvesrepeatedly wingless and unable to take flight.”
Echoing the notion that ‘vision is the force that creates the future,’ the Louhs write:
Do you see yourself possessing the energy to impact your world the way you’ve alwayswanted? Do you see yourself on the other side of a tragedy, truly living again rather thannursing old wounds? The spiritual vision we set before our eyes will determine the kindof life we will live and the kind of choices we will make. Our choices spring from ourthoughts, our thoughts tend to follow our minds, and our minds are shaped by our vision.(emphasis added)
The Louhs tackle a number of these persistent distortions (see the book for details) and provide tips on how we can neutralize them by taking “mindfulness breaks” and learning to live more mindfully. What are these distortions?
Concluding each chapter of Renewing You with a prayer and questions for reflection and discussion, they write in the final chapter, “Soaring is Possible! From Our Heart to Yours”: “What brings us success in this world has more to do with our ability to persevere through challenges than it does with our innate abilities. Your birth was not an accident — there was nothing random about it. God has equipped you with gifts that will enable you to leave a mark in your family, your workplace, and your community. Your part is to stay the course!”