I have been incredibly blessed in my life to have a few truly spectacular people who provided me with strong spiritual direction. The kind that isn’t always comfortable but comes from a place of love and TRUTH. Friendships such as these are both a blessing and a challenge and the end result is tremendous growth in faith. One of these friends is Dr. Bob Schuchts, our former marriage counselor and now friend (not to mention nationally renowned speaker, author and presenter of amazing healing conferences!). Time with Bob is thought provoking and soul searching, at some point ususally resulting in tears–but good, cleansing tears.
If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of the conferences of the John Paul II Healing Center, I strongly urge you to take full advantage of it; you will not regret it! Bob is the founder and we had the opportunity to experience one of his conferences, Unveiled, a marriage conference recently and it was phenomenal. Truly. Such a gift.
OK. Ending my “Bob” commercial, but onto the author portion of Dr. Bob Schuchts and enter his newest book Be Transformed. If you are looking for some Lenten reading or just a deeper dive into the sacraments, this is it.
In Be Transformed we dig into the sacraments one-by-one and learn how they configure in our lives and WHY they are important. We may recognize the importance of some (like Holy Communion and Marriage) yet others we don’t always get the up-close on or see the how they can truly transform our lives. It moves you beyond Mass and moves you INTO the sacraments one at a time and reveals how all the sacraments are truly interwoven to grow us closer to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
One of my favorite parts of how Bob gets us to participate throughout the book is through HIM: healing, identity and mission** We are taken through each of the sacraments with personal stories, scripture verses and a view into our own hearts and relationship with Christ. It’s a perfect format for a small group study, as well as on your own for contemplative and personal growth. Each chapter has questions to reflect on and a scripture verse to be read lectio divina style as it applies to the specific chapter as well as your life. Fair warning though, be ready to dig deep and understand that you will be doing some serious heart surgery.
I’ll admit that for me, personally, some of this book was challenging as it forced me to slow down and to listen to what the Holy Spirit was uncovering in my own heart. It was a struggle for me in being so introspective. As Bob’s friend, Simeon says, “Reading God’s Word is like seeing yourself in a mirror…….people are afraid to see themselves.”*** Nail meet head. Ouch.
Do yourself a favor and add Be Transformed to your collection, you won’t be sorry!
***quotes from Dr. Bob Schuchts book, Be Transformed.