When I tell people about this book by Bob Schuchts, I have the hardest time explaining why I think they should read it. All I seem to be able to say is, “I wish every person on the planet could read this book.” That sounds so goofy, but I mean it. Schuchts opened my eyes to how much God loves each and every one of us. That means you, and it means me. Yes, me, the 42-year-old woman who still feels like a scared, shy little girl inside. Me, even though I don’t always stand up for what’s right because I’m so scared. Me, who makes so many selfish choices every single day. He loves me, and, get this, He wants to heal me. He wants to heal me of my sinfulness and my anxiety and maybe even my restless leg syndrome. He doesn’t want me to feel tired and discouraged all the time. Jesus is a healer. In the Gospels He heals people everywhere he goes: blind people, paralytics, lepers. They open themselves up to Him in faith, and he heals them. We all know the stories, but how many of us believe that this kind of healing is available to us?
So, how does Schuchts open his reader’s eyes? He shares his own weakness and failures and his own story of healing. He shares stories of healing in his clients (he’s a licensed marriage and family therapist) and miracles he has witnessed on mission trips. He points us toward Scripture passages we may have read dozens of times without considering what they mean for us. He asks his readers to pause and think about the questions he poses to us.
The first time I read this book, I rushed straight through it in about a week. I didn’t want to put it down because I had such a beautiful, warm feeling inside as if someone who loves me more than I know were hugging me the whole time I was reading. Now I am slowly working my way through it again so that I can take time to write out my answers to the reflection questions Schuchts poses throughout the book. I am almost done, but I feel as if I am still missing something in my experience with this book. And that is someone, or lots of someones, to share it with. I want my husband to read it, and I want to buy copies for my parents and my mother-in-law. And I want all of you who are reading this blog post to find a copy. If I had the money, I would buy lots of copies and spread them around, give them as gifts for every occasion, leave them in Little Free Libraries around my community, do whatever I could to get this book into the hands of as many people as possible. Because the healing that it offers can change the world. One person at a time. You can find Be Healed here.
So, I hope you’ve already clicked on the link and ordered your copy, but I realize some of you out there might click on it and read the description, and say to yourselves, “Oh, this is a Catholic book. I’m not Catholic, so it’s not for me.” You’d be wrong. I am convinced that any Christian would benefit greatly from this book and if you’re not Christian, I would still recommend reading it. This is a book that points you toward a God who loves you and wants you to have peace in your soul. I don’t think you have to be Christian to be drawn toward that God.
I can also imagine another group of people who might hesitate to read this book. These are people of faith who have prayed sincerely for healing for themselves or someone they love, but the healing didn’t come. I can imagine all different kinds of hurt a person would feel in this situation. If that’s you, I think you might need this book most of all. Schuchts has been in your place. He prayed for healing for his brother who ultimately died of AIDS. Read his story and know that God loves you as much as he loves the people who receive miraculous physical healings.
In my post about Something Other Than God I wrote about my mission to guide my family on the path to heaven. I also feel as if God is calling me to spread the word about Be Healed. Schuchts recognizes that we are all wounded, and he believes that true healing comes from treating the whole person – body, mind, and soul. Here’s the link again so you can read for yourself what he has to say.