...the keys to spiritual recovery and lasting change.
John White has been one of my long time favourite authors, and coming back to this book has been both challenging and refreshing. Reading it this time, I was struck by the similarity of style to CS Lewis. Like Lewis. his ideas are presented logically and clearly, and always with great wisdom and a grasp of the issues people face in the real world.
One interesting point he makes is that repentance and change, more often than not, come as a result of crises, or erathquakes as he calls them; events in our lives that force us to face ourselves and move on. It is certainly true that pain is a great motivator!
The more of life we have, the greater our experience of both joy andpain....To choose real change is to choose a greater capacity for life. Repentance is a doorway to life. And life is wrapped up in a bundle with pain, something that most of us fear. I am not a masochist, but I have learned to appreciate pain. By this I do not mean that I enjoy pain, but that I understand its role in life. p213
Can people change? The answer is YES. People can change. They can change for the better. They can change permanently for the better. They can even 'grow', mature, and develop emotionally. They can learn a new zest for life. This is why repentance must be ongoing. p215
People who have truly repented have no further need to fear others' knowing about the evil that is inside them. In that sense they can be naked. They do not forget the evil they did, but their experience of pardon is deep enough to end their fear and shame. They can look the rest of us in the eye with joy and confidence. p117