Divided: When Head And Heart Don’t Agree, by Bill Delvaux
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It is striking that in reading as well as in life, just how often the same problems and essential concerns come up over and over again. This book was written to deal with the divide between the head and the heart , and how it begins in the lies that we hear and believe about ourselves, God, and others that divide us from God, ourselves, and others. This is a book about the heart, full of deeply personal stories about how we overcome the burdens of fear and shame by opening up about ourselves and our fears and longings and struggles, in the knowledge that we are all strugglers here, that no one is immune to all kinds of difficulties. This may seem an obvious truth, but it is one we often forget.
In reading this book, it was impossible not to think personally about my own struggles and that of many people I know with divides between the head and the heart. So many difficulties are connected together–the gulf between what we profess from intellect and what we truly believe in our heart, the pull between longings and duty, our trouble to believe and express the truth, our desire to put on a brave face rather than admit our own vulnerabilities, the fear and anxiety that we struggle with so often. The book is organized in a systematic way but in a way that speaks not only to the intellect but also to the heart, showing how openness, attentive listening to others, and being honest about one’s own story can help repair not only the divides between ourselves, but also in our relationships with others.
Of particular interest is not only the book’s thoughtful approach, its immensely important subject, its honesty and vulnerability about tracing mankind’s internal and external divides back to the Two Trees in a very satisfying way, but the fact that this book is part of a series  of excellent books that deal with often neglected subjects in Christian living. This is a book to be read, to be pondered, and to be reflected on and acted on, as we all seek to fill the God-shaped whole in our hearts and to find the life of blessing that we were made for as His children. It is a short book, only 8 chapters and about 180 pages, but within that small size, this book manages to pack some major importance far beyond its modest dimensions, and to strike at the core of our struggles to be people of integrity and sincerity.
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