Frank Allnutt is a friend and Exchanged Life author:
Cry of the Wounded Soldier
“A rare gem…a contemporary parable…a Gothic novel about the spiritual awakening of a modern day Ebenezer Scrooge….”
Desmond Morehouse was a crotchety old pastor who would give anything to forget his shameful past. Anything, that is, except his iron-fisted self-will.
It had begun long ago, on a dark and stormy night in World War II—a night of horror and death on the battlefield that left the Pastor burdened with haunting guilt, fear, and a false identity.
Over the years, his shameful secret slowly ate away at his heart and robbed him of the joy of being a child of God. Now a fading television evangelist in his autumn years, his life has deteriorated into endless frustrations and conflicts.
As an ominous thunder storm rages through the night, Pastor Morehouse settles down to read once more Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. He is overtaken by sleep, only to be awakened by a mysterious intruder named Jonathan. It is the beginning of a life-changing, Dickensesque adventure through which the Pastor is taken back in time to see himself through the eyes of those he loved, as well as those he rejected—and to relive “that night” of fear, death, and guilt.
The journey’s end is Golgotha, where the Pastor discovers his true identity in Christ.
The ministry to which God has called us is truly that of binding up the brokenhearted, proclaiming liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners. We do that through counseling individuals and couples, speaking at churches, and being available wherever He opens up the opportunities. We are seeing lives transformed as they begin to understand the message of Galatians 2:20.
Recently a young woman was referred to me (Cherri) because she was shattered after finding out that her husband was addicted to pornography. She shared with me that she “felt dirty” and had no idea how to relate to her husband anymore. In the process of the conversation, I realized that she had never accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was able to lead her through that process. It was exciting to help her realize that in God’s eyes she was a princess, daughter of the Most High, and not dirty at all, no matter what her husband had done. Another woman came to us in pain from being abandoned by her husband. Because she had made some wrong choices in dealing with the pain, she felt as if God had rejected her and saw her as unworthy of His love. She had been raised in the “doing in order to be” legalistic atmosphere and was desperate to find her acceptance in God’s grace. It was an amazing time of breaking the bonds of “trying harder” and teaching her to trust Jesus to live His life through her.
We talk with so many people who feel that they were saved by grace but need to live by legalism (rules, trying harder, working to be spiritual). These people are often feeling defeated, that they can never do enough to make God like them. Feelings of shame and inadequacy often drive people into some sort of addiction, not only to drugs and alcohol but also to other forms of addiction such as shopping, eating, video games, etc. Finding the truth of the unconditional love of God is the first step in breaking the bonds of those addictions…