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I will make this a regular part of my Bibliotherapy series because I think that it is pertinent information. Hoopla is a free app that you can download on a mobile device and perhaps on some computers, depending of what version you have of Window or Mac. I am familiar with using it on my phone because I always have it with me and can read or listen to books if I am on the go or waiting at one of the various appointments we have in our family. Hoopla connects to your local library and you can check books, movies as well as television series and other goodies for free. You have a set amount of time that you can read, listen or watch the items on your mobile device until they are returned. I think it is such a great option to not only utilize one’s local library, but to take advantage of what our mobile devices can do for us in a positive manner.
My first review is of Dirty God, a book that has the main purpose of driving home the whole idea of Grace. Mr. Moore seeks to explain grace, God’s grace, how to receive grace and how to extend grace. He does this in an easy flow format that can be followed buy traditional reading as well as via audio format. The reason why I chose to look into this book came about from a referral from a friend whose daughter read the book for her college class. I had been working with the addiction and homeless population for a little over half a year, and I had begun to learn the real meaning of grace. I was intrigued in the book for this very reason. I am a HUGE proponent of the idea of extending grace and learning to do this unconsciously. What do I mean by unconsciously? It means that you give kindness because it feels good and natural. You don’t judge people because of their once drug use or their homelessness, their unplanned teen pregnancy or incarceration. You look at people and see a human being without having to try.
So, why Dirty God for therapy? I would likely use this in an overt Christian counseling session, for someone who is struggling with giving or receiving grace. I think it is vital to educate individuals about grace from the ground up, an elementary education so to speak. If you get a chance to read the POV article from Pastor Steve VanderWest and myself, you’ll hear from a pastor’s mouth, how vital the truth of Grace should be to share. Depending on the individual, I would either suggest the whole book or a particular chapter (s). Grace is often an elusive entity for those who come into the counseling office because the fear of not having love or giving enough love. A fear of rejection often plagues individuals because of their mental health struggles and the knowledge as well as understanding of grace is a useful tool to healing.
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