It’s been years since I’ve picked up a self-help book and I’m very judicious when I consider purchasing one. My chief complaint with turning to self-help books is that even if the content hits home, most of the instruction merely facilitates behavioral changes; Really, what more can they do? They point out your problem and offer steps to alter faulty behavior, but how long does behavioral modification last when it is warring against a resistant heart and a stubborn will? Real change only comes when our hearts are ready for it, when we’re ready to surrender our will so God can clean us up.
It’s really a two-man job. We have to take the first steps, but it’s God who brings the change. And that concept is at the core of Walking Into Walls. In a very easy to read style, Steve Arterburn uses anecdotes, Scripture and his own experiences to address the specific walls we build up, why we do it, and what needs to be done to bring them down. Personally, I prefer Joshua’s method, a brisk walk around the wall and a trumpet blast, but since that’s not too realistic, Mr. Arterburn’s suggestions place a close second.
I recommend this for those who:
- Have emotional barriers that keep them from moving forward.
- Can’t let go of past hurts.
- Feel trapped, defeated, or discouraged.
- Want to help those who struggle with any of the above.