By Gregory Spencer
I stumbled across this book on netgalley. The title intrigued me.
Reframing means to place in a new frame or to express something differently. This book helps the reader to look at circumstances through a new window frame, to see others with empathy and to release the reader from 'victim mentality'. Not to ignore or just slap a pretty label on hard experiences, but to view those circumstances differently.
"one of the noblest roles of a communicator is “to render the unspeakable speakable,” to point to qualities others have been unable to articulate." I love this quote. It conjures up great writers who dared, those who wrote of terrible, horrifying truths. From the holocaust recorders writing down names of the dead and what horrors their eyes witnessed to Maya Angelou's poetry and prose singing out from the darkness.
"We are used to looking out through the windows to the world outside. This book refocuses our attention to the windows themselves, to the words we use. Sometimes we notice that the words we use need to be cleaned up or replaced. We realize that last night wasn’t “awesome”; it was “pretty ordinary.” Sometimes our “houses” need to be remodeled. A significant disappointment such as a death or a divorce might shake our faith to its very foundation. A surprising joy such as a pregnancy or a hike in a rain forest might awaken belief in a Creator."
"I believe we all need to reframe our stories, at least parts of them, in order to heal, to discard lies, to move from partial truths to richer, fuller explanations, to see our lives as God sees them."
"But the goal is not to frame everything positively. This book is not about spinning things toward cheerful words."
"Framing well does not mean pretending to ignore the pain of a broken relationship or the tragic aftermath of an unexpected death in the family. Even the man called the Messiah wept."
This is a mind changing and thought altering book based on many foundational principles laid out by the Apostle Paul.
"He (Paul) wants us to stop making life-crushing choices— but he also wants us to stop justifying them by the way we frame them. We are more likely to sin if we give sin our verbal blessing. Since every word is a window, we are all called to examine our speech, our conversation and writing, to ask whether the view out a particular window is worth our gaze, whether our THAT should actually be a THIS."
Rather than viewing the world, ourselves and circumstances, or others thru anger, hurt, or fear, the author strives to communicate our need for grace and to view things through The Word of G-d and with compassion.
Read this book and tell me what your thoughts are.