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Overview Physical scars represent a story, a moment in one?s life, and they show others that there is a history of healing. Noted author Sharon Jaynes shares with women how their internal scars?marks from past hurts and mistakes?also represent a story of restoration.
With empathy, personal insight, and a best friend?s gentle spirit, Sharon helps readers:
recognize Jesus through their scars receive grace and forgiveness remove the mask and be real restore the broken heart release the power of healed wounds Encouraging chapters, inspirational stories, godly wisdom, and a Bible study guide lead readers to give their wounds to the One who sees their beauty and who turns hurts into hope.
Physical scars represent a story, a moment in one's life, and they show others that there is a history of healing. Noted author Sharon Jaynes shares with women how their internal scars--marks from past hurts and mistakes--also represent a story of restoration.
With empathy, personal insight, and a best friend's gentle spirit, Sharon helps readers: recognize Jesus through their scarsreceive grace and forgivenessremove the mask and be realrestore the broken heartrelease the power of healed wounds
Encouraging chapters, inspirational stories, godly wisdom, and a Bible study guide lead readers to give their wounds to the One who sees their beauty and who turns hurts into hope.
Your Scars Are Beautiful to God: Finding Peace and Purpose in the Hurts of Your Past
By Sharon Jaynes
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Sharon Jaynes is the vice president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, a popular conference speaker, and the author of several books, including Becoming a Woman Who Listens to God and Becoming the Woman of His Dreams. She and her husband, Steve, are the parents of one son, Steven.
"With honesty and personal vulnerability, Sharon Jaynes openly shares the hurts of her past and uses the pain as a platform upon which others can find fresh faith and renewed courage. Your Scars Are Beautiful to God is filled with stories of people who chose positive action steps based on biblical truth in the middle of devastating personal challenges. The Bible Study Guide makes it an ideal ministry tool for small groups and for personal application. This book is for everyone who has had a less--than--perfect life."
---Carol Kent, speaker and author of When I Lay My Isaac Down
"As I read, and loved, Sharon Jaynes' book, I was reminded of a quote from Romeo and Juliet: 'He jests at scars that never felt a wound'. Most of us have been wounded in life, and all of us can learn much from someone who takes 'scars' seriously. In this book, you'll not only reflect on your own scars---but understand why Jesus made such a point of pointing out His scars as well. Please read this book if you've been hurt, or if you're serious about helping someone else who carries scars from their past or present hurts. Or just read it to learn more about the One whose nail--pierced hands offer each of us a world of help and hope in these challenging times."
---John Trent, PhD, President of StrongFamilies and The Center for StrongFamilies
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From Publishers Weekly Inspirational speaker Jaynes declares that like the wrinkled spine of a good
book, internal and external scars imply a story waiting to be told. Jaynes
reminds readers that they will receive scars in two ways, either by the hand
of another or by their own choices. Both scenarios, Jaynes states, are
invitations for Christ to restore and heal. Weaving real women's stories of
abortion, sexual abuse, infidelity and the like into every chapter, Jaynes
effectively explores specific topics with biblical references and practical
suggestions. She details the power of recognizing Jesus' presence through
one's scars by reflecting on their purpose, redeeming pain by investing in
others, replacing wounds with scars and restoring a broken heart. One powerful
chapter deals with the lie of disqualification that individuals succumb to
after being wounded, believing that because of personal sin, ministry
opportunities are destroyed. Citing Luke 22:31, Jaynes unpacks Jesus'
response, "When you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." While it is a
given that Christians will fail, she says, God intends for them to repent and
emerge stronger. Although Jaynes's writing may not rouse an emotionally
riveting response, the book is a steady, reliable resource for Christians in
pain. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Awards and Recognitions Your Scars Are Beautiful to God: Finding Peace and Purpose in the Hurts of Your Past by Sharon Jaynes has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christian Retailing's Best - 2007 Finalist - Women's Nonfiction category
Citations And Professional Reviews Your Scars Are Beautiful to God: Finding Peace and Purpose in the Hurts of Your Past by Sharon Jaynes has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 04/24/2006 page 57
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2006
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
ISBN 0736916105 ISBN13 9780736916103
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More About Sharon Jaynes
Sharon Jaynes is a popular conference speaker, avid blogger, and best-selling author of numerous books and Bible studies. She is the cofounder of Girlfriends in God, a ministry with approximately 500,000 online devotion subscribers, and a popular guest on Christian radio and television programs such as Revive Our Hearts, FamilyLife Today, and Focus on the Family.
Sharon Jaynes currently resides in Charlotte, in the state of North Carolina.
Reviews - What do customers think about Your Scars Are Beautiful To God?
A beautiful book Nov 12, 2006
i recommend this book as a must read for anyone hurting or working with people who have past or present emotional, mental or spiritual life scars. The people in this book have been damaged, some in serious ways. Yet, this isn't a sad book. The pages sing with stories of love and redemption, of joy and grace, and with the message that we are not alone. Not only do others care, God cares.
Sharon Jaynes is as upfront about her own scars as she is about the people who shared their hurts with her. She uses stories from real life and from the Bible to make her point, that no matter how badly we've been hurt, God loves us and He'll always be there to comfort us. She offers Biblical truths backed up with scripture verses to show the power of God's love and how he can heal our hurts and make our scars beautiful to Him.
If you've been hurt, if you're carrying a secret burden, if you think no one can understand or care, then this book is for you. Buy a copy for yourself, and a second one for a friend. You'll find it well worth the price.
Applicable to everyone! Oct 21, 2006
How many of us feel ashamed of our scars? Those painful events in our past that we would rather forget, or pretend never happened.
Sharon Jaynes, in Your Scars Are Beautiful To God, uses examples from Scripture alongside modern-day testimonies to share that it is in being transparent about our scars, not hiding them, where the redemptive power of God can truly shine.
There is much insight throughout the book, but two chapters were especially helpful. "Replacing the Wounds" with Scars digs deeper into the reality that, "while we cannot physically forget the details of the wounds of our past, we can choose not to act on them. We can choose to forgive the person who has hurt us and not allow that memory of the offense to control our lives."
Sharon also touches on the delicate fact that we have to want to get well. "We can hug our hurts and make a shrine out of our sorrows or we can offer them to God as a sacrifice of praise. The choice is ours."
"Revealing the Truth" covers the balance between being honest about our past and respecting the lives of others who may be involved in our stories. Sharon says, "God would not have us 'minister' at someone else's expense. If the motive is not love, then it does not glorify God...there is much about my past that I share and there is much in my past that I do not share. Not because I am ashamed, but because it would dishonor someone else."
Other chapters include "Recognizing Jesus Through Our Scars," "Redeeming the Pain by Investing in Others," and "Removing the Mask and Being Real." A bible study guide included at the back of the book is helpful for either individual or group study.
While this book is categorized for women, the truths inside are applicable to all. "Scars? We've all got them. It's how we view them that will change our hearts. It's what we choose to do with them that can change the world."
Armchair Interviews says: A unique way to look at dealing with our past.