'If you've ever been there, you've never forgotten. The feeling is as haunting and familiar as the smellof a junior high school locker room.
It's the feeling
of being undersized ... or oversized ... or klutzy ... or less than
beautiful. Of being a nerd ... or a geek ... or just, somehow,
It's knowing you are vulnerable-and someone is ready
and willing to take full advantage of your weakness by making your life
It's the fraternity you never wanted to join-the fellowship of the wounded spirit.
And bestselling novelist Frank Peretti is a member, too.
book is the haunting true story of pain Frank Peretti never forgot but
never, until recently, shared with the world. It's the story of growing
up with a medical condition that left him disfigured...' Read the rest here
Frank Peretti has written many best selling adult and children's fiction books. I've read just about all of his adult fiction. Some of them were a little strange but all very well written and page turners. I read this one just last month. I had heard he had one non-fiction out there about his childhood 'abuse' and I always wondered what that was about.
It's funny how I was led to this book as a direct result of prayer. I have prayed for years for my oldest son, he just can't seem to get on with life, always angry and his own worst enemy. After a series of events that really had me heartbroken for him I told God I just didn't know how to even pray for the boy anymore. I have no idea what is going on inside. I am totally stumped. Within a couple weeks I was cleaning out some drawers and found an ancient free DVD I had gotten with a book of Peretti's. It had trivia games on it. I thought I wonder if this will even work in the version of Windows I have now it's so old. I had never even looked at it. It worked. There was an interview with Frank that led me to look around online for info on him to see if he was still writing. I found this book. I ordered it. I devoured it. And as I read, in my spirit I heard God say this is what is going on, this is how you pray for your boy. The last time he was over he was ranting about something and in the midst of it he said they picked on me in school and no one is going to now!!! Seemed strange to me. He is 37. I knew he was bullied some in 5th grade but we went to the school and took care of it. So I thought.
In the book Frank talks about a talk he did with Dr. James Dobson, a family therapist and founder of Focus on the Family. He did a 2 part program with them in the 90's. I set out to find this online. It took me 2 days but I found both radio podcasts! Sitting with said son on a lunch date I brought this up and told him about my prayer and the book and podcasts and was wondering if he would read it and listen to them. When I looked up he was crying. He was bullied a lot more than I thought and has carried the scars into adulthood. He is a wounded spirit. He will pursue it, he said. We are blessed!
Back to the book. Short, serious with sprinkles of humor. Frank is a funny man. He dissects bullying and delves into the Columbine incident and what is happening that bullying is escalating so. Very insightful. Even if your not spiritually minded this book is awesome! If you've ever been bullied or someone you love has or is, I highly recommend this book and the podcasts are free to listen to online or download on your computer.
Buy a copy!
Listen to part one of Healing the Wounded Spirit
Listen to part two of Healing the Wounded Spirit