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Overview In the twilight of her years, Betty Skinner offers her dramatic life story with total vulnerability. The Hidden Life beautifully captures this amazing story and shows readers how to find the hidden place within themselves where they can meet God intimately and find strength to flourish. Foreword by Lauren F. Winner
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2006
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 1576838838 ISBN13 9781576838839
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An Authentic Treatment of Pain Mar 9, 2007
This book beautifully addresses the resolution of personal pain and depression in the life of Betty Skinner, a Southern Christian woman. "The Hidden Life" is the right balance of psychology, spiritual direction, and honesty about pain that many publications attempt but few achieve. It achieves this balance in three ways: through spiritual biography, through letters of guidance to the reader, and through poetry. The power of this book is not that it makes overcoming pain look easy - it doesn't. The power is that it makes it look do-able.
As a side-note to the helpful reviews above, it is worth pointing out the mystical aspect of Betty's journey. The development in her devotion to know God, especially through poetic writing, is markedly similar to such preceding spiritualists as Catherine of Siena and Teresa of Avila. The mysticism of these individuals is not a self-indulgent retreat from the world. Rather it is an active engagement with it in order to bring about the fullness of love. The message of Betty, Catherine, and Teresa is that oneness with God is not an abstract pursuit, but a reality in which all are invited to partake.
Her Thoughts Stay With You Mar 3, 2006
Betty puts to words what many have experienced. She offers comforting answers that help explain your personal turmoil. Her self fulfillment is a quest many will want to stive to attain. This is an excellent read. I find myself thinking back on Betty's words often. I'm sure I will read it time and time again plus pass it on to others.
Hope for the depressed Feb 27, 2006
The Hidden Life by Kitty Crenshaw and Catherine Snapp, is the story of a soul's path from deepest depression to deepest intimacy with Jesus Christ. It is the story of Betty Tartt Skinner's journey and legacy to many other women.
Betty Tartt was born into an affluent, southern military family in 1926. The oldest of four children, she had all she could want-except her mother's approval. Even as a child she struggled with who she was. Her father was her mainstay until he killed himself and shattered her world.
Her false front was already being erected as she stuffed her emotions to please her mother. Then, in 1948, she married Bryant Skinner. He was handsome and driven. In between having four children, she was expected to plan parties for hundreds of people and be involved in many other social activities. She was also very active in her church. The façade grew.
In 1968, she reached bottom emotionally, mentally, and physically and committed herself to the mental ward of their local hospital. That started her upward journey-a journey that helped her recognize her own personhood and, more importantly, the relationship that God desired to have with her and all who call Him Lord.
"Ultimately, the spiritual work for all of us is to take our identity from the One who calls us His beloved."
"Trust and letting go work mysteriously together. Nothing ever stays the same in our lives, and again and again we are called to let go in order to find a new way."
Betty learned to listen for God and to God. She learned to let Him envelop her with His love, and gradually found that love permeating every part of her until she was a part of that love. It was then that she found herself sharing His love with others who were struggling with depression-with their own identity.
This book is Betty's life story and much more. It is God's story of His desire for all of our lives. When Betty started searching for her own identity, she found God waiting to guide her and strengthen her through each painful step. There was forgiveness to give to her mother, and new understanding of her husband to embrace. Most of all, there was gratitude to her Lord and Creator.
This book will touch a cord in every person struggling with their own identity and their relationship with God. Women whom Betty's life has touched and changed, beautifully wrote this. Thank you to all for sharing with us. -- Linda Demorest, Christian Book Previews.com
Life-changing intimacy with God really is possible Feb 16, 2006
Many excellent books have been published on the interdependence of the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of our lives. The Hidden Life goes beyond them all. Through the power of narrative story, with complete candor the authors describe Betty Skinner's serious depression and hospitalization in the 1960's and the practices that helped her heal and led her into a deep and transformative spiritual life. Excerpts from her journal and her poetry, begun out of desperation, reveal a window into an amazingly honest interaction with God and provide rich insight into the spiritual surgery within Betty's life. Her ongoing healing parallels her growing awareness of who God is, one who is infinitely greater than her earlier understanding. From childhood, a `good' Christian, working hard to do the right things, Betty, in her journey through brokenness, becomes aware of how deeply loved she is by God. This book connects with the deepest part of our souls and encourages us that a life-changing intimacy with God is really possible for ordinary and worn out people like ourselves. Amidst the burgeoning business of religious publications and big names, Betty stands quietly and profoundly alone, unknown and happy to remain that way, but convinced by those her life has touched that allowing her story to be told could enable others to come to know the depth and reality of life with God that she knows and lives. Betty's message is one that connects with people from a variety of backgrounds. The Hidden Life is written in a form easily accessible and understandable to those whose exposure to contemplative practices may have been limited.
Hope Amidst Despair...Healing by Faith...Hope in the Journey Jan 20, 2006
"The Hidden Life" tells the very honest & compelling true story of Betty, a dear woman who years ago (young in her marriage & in her faith) suffered from severe depression & perfectionism. She was driven to succeed in all areas, and it literally almost killed her. Married to a very successful Florida businessman, Betty suffered terribly & was eventually hospitalized (when depression was rarely mentioned or openly dealt with) during which time her "spiritual awakening" began. After suffering emotionally thru her early married years, she subsequently sought treatment & healing & became a gentle & very compassionate mentor to many Christian women in her later years -- teaching many the value of faith, honesty, journaling, hope, God's beauty in nature, etc. This book tells Betty's faith journey in candid format with utter honesty -- it will be a very valuable tool for women who suffer with similar patterns/issues -- esp small groups & support groups in church circles.