We live in a world overwhelmed with hurt – our past seems riddled with its scars and shrapnel, damaging just about every aspect of our existence and influencing many of the choices we make. We have allowed that hurt and pain to define us, blinding us from being able to even acknowledge our need for help. It has become so infused into who we are and how we see ourselves, it has affected the way we let others see us and treat us; it has even clouded our faith, clouded our view of God and clouded how we perceive God should act for us and towards us. But our infinitely merciful Saviour wants more than anything else to see each of us whole and healthy, living a life filled with love – a love for Him, a love for ourselves and a deep, genuine love for others. He died so that we could live in His Great Embrace! Yet before He can help us, our Creator is waiting for our permission to step in; He is waiting for us to admit that our past is crippling our hearts and crushing our souls.
The Great Embrace offers a guiding hand through the fog of despair, leading you to a place filled with hope. Here you will find a strength to steady you, a faith to free you and the courage to take even a small step forward in prayerful expectation, into a life not removed from your past, but one that is miraculously free of the shackles that bound you to it.
‘From the beginning of his work on Focus on the Family’s documentary Irreplaceable to the completion of this excellent book, I have had the privilege of journeying with Tim along part of that road and sharing some of what I’ve learned and seen, too, as you’ll read in these pages. Tim’s humility is what grabs me most – his willingness to take the masks off and look at his own life squarely in the light of God’s truth and God’s mercy. If you struggle with hurt, pain, and grief in your own life (who doesn’t?), this book will be a source of great hope for you.’ Christopher West, Author of Fill These Hearts: God, Sex, and the Universal Longing