Book Review: Why Am I Not Healed?

Why Am I Not Healed? (When God Promised), by Glen Berteau

[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

Questions about divine healing have always been deeply controversial and remain so for a variety of reasons, one of them being that the presence of debilitating or chronic illnesses in the life of a believer can be the occasion for people to attack their faith and can serve as a deep burden to bear on multiple levels far beyond the illness itself. When a writer or minister stakes a claim, as the author does, on the blessings of good health and divine healing as being something that God promises to all believers rather than being something that may ultimately be fulfilled only in the world to come, there are necessary consequences of this when it comes to discussing why it is that someone is not healed. In such circumstances a message can go from preaching to meddling in no time whatsoever. This danger is magnified when the writer of a book seeks to proclaim God’s working of a healing miracle in his own life, which can easily color the approach that is taken to the subject of healing in general.

This book is a bit more than 200 pages and it is divided into thirteen chapters along with other materials as well. The book begins with a foreword and introduction that discuss the issue of healing. After that the author talks about the way that people can suffer from illness and feel that they have lost the joy and beauty in life (1). The author proclaims that God is into whole healing of the soul and not only the body (2) and then rhetorically asks if healing is God’s will (3). This leads to a discussion of why bad things happen to good people (4), as well as the importance of being at one with Christ (5). There are questions of the worthiness (or lack thereof) of being healed (6) as well as the primary way to kill one’s sin nature (7). The author discusses the reality of present miracles (8), and encourages readers not to be afraid to believe (9), while also discussing why we still need the Word of God (10). There are chapters of God’s willingness to heal (11), the fate of the double-minded (12), and seventeen hindrances the author believes hinder healing (13). After this comes a conclusion, several accounts of the author’s own experience of healing, and some naming and claiming of specific scriptures involving healing.

Given its complex motivations and purposes, this book is by no means an easy one to review nor to appreciate. To the extent that this book has a lot of praise to give to God for his work in healing the writer from a situation that involved prolonged oxygen starvation, this book is to be praised an account of healing. By and large, I must admit that I appreciate healing accounts to a great degree [1]. But this book’s structure and approach does not permit me to enjoy this book in a straightforward fashion, because my desire to share in the author’s appreciation of his healing is mixed with a sense of irritation that he views those who are not healed with such intense criticism, blaming them for their lack of healing and assuming that someone who is sufficiently faithful and godly will be healed, in stark contrast to the Bible’s far more nuanced discussion of the reasons why some people are healed at some points while others are not. And this tone of being judgmental towards those whom God has not healed, for whatever reason, prevents this book from being as good as it could be. Sometimes contempt and judgmental attitudes simply get in the way of fully appreciating a work, even one like this one that I would like to appreciate a lot more than I do.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2018/09/27/book-review-miracles/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/09/04/book-review-a-pair-of-miracles/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2019/12/03/book-review-shameless-persistence/

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