Healing Life’s Hurts



Part of the “Living Free” series

How do you react when someone ignores you, does something mean, or says hurtful words? There’s a good chance you react with anger, hurt feelings, or self-pity. These are normal reactions.

This Bible-based, cross-cultural book will help you move beyond your natural reactions. Discover how to experience God’s peace and joy regardless of what others say or do.

Doug Britton, M.Ed., MFT. LifeTree Books. Paperback: 5½ x 8½. Wire “spiral” binding. 106 pages.

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1   Why Not Feel Sorry for Yourself?

2   Believe What God Says

3   Don’t Take Things Personally

4   Be an Influencer

5   Don’t Set Yourself Up

6   Take Appropriate Action

My Plan


Small Group Leader’s Guide

Tips for Leaders

Step-by-Step Meeting Plan


You know what it feels like when other people hurt or disappoint you

You may have felt ignored or rejected, heard cruel words, experienced physical abuse, suffered sexual abuse, been raped, or gone through countless other experiences.


It’s easy to respond by becoming depressed, self-condemning, bitter, or angry

When someone does or says something hurtful, it’s normal to react with self-pity, anger, insecurity, or hurt feelings. You don’t need to feel guilty for having these reactions. As you will see in this Bible-based, cross-cultural book, God’s word shows us how to move beyond our hurts and enter into his peace.


The insights in Healing Life’s Hurts offer you freedom from hurt feelings

Whatever your situation, and no matter how sensitive a person you may be, you can learn how to have a victorious attitude and live a joyful life. Jesus said:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. (John 15:11)

The same practical, biblical truths that have helped thousands of people can help you when you are wounded by your parents, friends, a boyfriend or girlfriend, spouse, teachers, fellow students, coworkers, your peer group, or others, May God speak to your heart as you read this Bible-based Christian book, and may he bring his truth alive in you.


This book is practical, reader-friendly, and cross-cultural

Healing Life’s Hurts is great for small groups as well as individuals. “Make it personal” questions are scattered throughout its pages. Guidelines for small group leaders are included at the back of this book.



In this book you will learn how to live according to God’s Word. When you read it, you will discover it is:

Bible-based. This book is solidly Bible-based, with every chapter showing how to apply the Bible’s truths in your life.

Cross-cultural. Since the guidelines in this book are based on God’s Word, they apply to every group and culture.

Practical. Readers are given clear, practical steps they can take.

Reader-friendly. Many techniques — from a simple, straightforward writing style to breaking the text into small, easily digested portions — make the books easy to read.

Comprehensive. Numerous questions and dilemmas are anticipated — and answered.

Interactive. Personal application questions throughout the books get readers involved.

Action-oriented. Readers write action plans as they go through each chapter.

“Three-in-one” — great for small group studies.This book has all the information you would expect to find in three separate books:

  • Book — with practical, Bible-based information,
  • Workbook — with “personal application” questions scattered throughout each chapter.
  • Small group leader’s guide — with guidelines for small group leaders at the end of the book.


This book was written by Doug Britton, MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist). Doug, President of LifeTree Institute, has been a Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist for over thirty years.

Doug has helped hundreds of thousands of people as a therapist, clinical director of a treatment center, seminar speaker, radio-co-host, and author of over twenty books that show people how to apply God’s truths in their daily lives.

He has also trained counselors, small group leaders, pastors, and mentors, showing them how to share practical, effective ways to apply the Word of God in all areas of life.

Doug has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and has edited and published three professional publications. His wife Skeeter has been a homemaker, landscape designer, journalist and novelist. She also has taught marriage and parenting workshops, and holds degrees in English and Landscape Architecture.

Doug draws from his counseling experience and his own struggles and victories when he writes.

More importantly, he draws from the Word of God, offering readers Bible-based, practical, cross-cultural tools, insights, and guidelines they can use in their daily lives.

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