Arise! Shine! is the amazing story of the Wonderful Counselor providing grief counseling to Linda Zinn after the unexpected graduation of her husband to heaven. In this book, Linda records two years of God’s counsel to her through two-way journaling. He provides layer after layer of healing to the deep wound she experienced at the death of her husband.
Grief comes to us in many forms: death of a spouse, child or parent, a divorce, and any major trauma. A deep wound can take several years to fully heal. Below is Linda’s comment after two years of journaling:
"The two-year mark of my husband’s departure was just weeks away. I wish I could say my heart was totally healed and my grief journey was over. Fortunately, a wonderful truth about Jesus is that He understands, no matter where we are on our journey. He just keeps speaking words of comfort and encouragement to us. As we speak to others what He has spoken to us, we find they are comforted also!"
Paul agrees completely with these words:
"God comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God" (2 Cor. 1:4).
As you read this book, you will be comforted by the words of encouragement God speaks to Linda.
After each journal entry, Linda lists several Scripture verses which relate to what God has spoken to her in her journal. This combination of God’s word spoken within with His written words from Scripture provides sure and powerful counsel for our lives.
People take many routes in processing heart wounds. Some turn to addictions, some to secular counselors, some to biblical counselors, and some just never are healed and experience pain the rest of their lives.
I believe everyone can be healed. Jesus is our Healer, Savior, Deliverer, Rock, Protector and Wonderful Counselor. Hearing from Him daily is the most effective means there is to experiencing full and complete healing. Combine this with the support of close compassionate friends who speak words of life, inner healing and deliverance and you will discover that indeed, God heals the brokenhearted.
Linda includes an Appendix describing the four keys she uses to hear God’s voice. You can use these keys and also experience the wonder of heavenly counsel through two-way journaling.
Come, be healed. Let these heavenly encounters become your morning devotions.