Flora Slosson Wuellner, a retired ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, is well known throughout the United States and Europe for her writings and retreat leadership that focus on the inner healing that God freely offers through Christ. She has been involved in the specialized ministry of spiritual renewal for over 40 years and has written 14 books on inner healing and renewal. Educated at the University of Michigan and at Chicago Theological Seminary, Wuellner has served pastorates in Wyoming, Idaho, and Illinois. She lives in San Diego, California.
Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1280-1
EPub ISBN: 978-08358-1281-8
Imprint: Upper Room
Pub Date: August 2001
Trim Size: 5.25 in (w) x 8.5 in (h) x 0.347 in (d)
Page Count: 160
BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Personal Growth
"Flora Slosson Wuellner is a prolific and enormously helpful writer. In this book, she again demonstrates her unusual insight into the human condition. She writes this time from a somewhat different perspective, using the Beatitudes as a vehicle to deal with forgiveness. Having personally experienced her teaching in a Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation, it is a joy to review her latest book.
Mrs. Wuellner deals with a number of issues, such as:
1. We all are wounded in some way and need to name our hurt(s) and face it (them) clearly.
2. We need to listen to God, self, and others and be willing to learn, grow, and change.
3. Our strength for healing and the giving and receiving of forgiveness is found in the living Christ. Our pain and hurt can be transformed by the God we come to know in Christ.
4. Abusive relationships are used a great deal in this book to illustrate woundedness and the place of forgiveness. Wuellner believes people can see the "others" (the abusers) through God's eyes and can understand what makes them what they are. Although this does not excuse their actions, it may help lead us to forgiveness.
We can be what Wuellner calls "Shalom bringers," people who can bring Shalom to situations where forgiveness and healing are needed. She believes we would be wise to be more concerned with healing and transforming our destructive energies than trying to destroy them.
For Mrs. Wuellner, intercessory prayer is a powerful force in the process of forgiveness and healing. She believes we need to be healed ourselves before we can intercede for others. Forgiveness is not only a journey but also a relationship with Christ to which we are "called."
At the end of most chapters are meditations that are helpful in understanding and giving and receiving forgiveness. The author is careful to point out that you should not force yourself to use them if you are no ready to do so. In chapter six, which focuses on "Blessed are the merciful," Mrs. Wuellner says, "The major point of this book is that the whole journey of healing and release is the path of forgiveness," thus summing up her thesis.
Flora Slosson Wuellner is a strongly biblically based writer. This book is worth reading, not only for her treatment of woundedness, forgiveness, and healing, but also for her insight into the Beatitudes."
-- Charles L. Myers
Retired clergy, South Indiana Conference
The United Methodist Church