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Many of our relationships are in crisis. We have painful, unresolved relationships in our churches, with our neighbors, with our friends, in places of work. Friendships break up, marriages fall apart and homes disintegrate. Why, if God himself made male and female as opposites but fully compatible and established marriage as a representation of human love and togetherness, then why is it so difficult to live together in a complimentary way? Times of transition between the stages of life bring vulnerable times into the relationships. Leaving one stage for the next stage causes a sense of loss. Graduating from high school or college, or going from a single life to marriage or to the birth of children all bring losses. These losses must be grieved. If the transitions are not successfully completed, all future stages are jeopardized. In this book, Dr. Westmeier deals with taking steps to heal broken relationships such as how to ask forgiveness without accusing the other person, how to grieve our losses and how to successfully move forward into the next stage of life.
Healing the Wounded Soul: Healing Wounded Relationships Volume 4
Dr. Arline (Maust) Westmeier was born into a very dedicated Mennonite home. From the time of her first commitment to Jesus at 3 ½ years of age, she felt called to be a missionary. Since Jesus went about healing the sick, she decided to go into nursing school. Then seven weeks before she graduated, her mother had a massive brain hemorrhage, which robbed her capacity to speak and move. She and her sister cared for her for 3 years. Nine weeks before her death, her father died. She feels this was God’s three-year “university course” to prepare her to understand the difficulties and pain of others. She has presented seminars on healing and counseling in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Central and South America. She is the mother of an adult son and daughter and has two adolescent grandsons. Since the death of her beloved husband in April 2018, she is living in Grantsville, MD., located in the beautiful Alleghany Mountains.