Monday, April 15, 2013

CHANGE BEYOND THE PAIN VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR with Monifa Robinson Groover and Review

The purpose of this book is to teach you how to transform your life.  While this book is no substitute for the Word of God (The Bible), let this be a guide that simply helps you gain a deeper understanding of what God is trying to impart in all of us. 
Change Beyond The Pain will help you discover:
•    True healing comes from allowing God to transform your life 
•    You do not have to revert back to the same cycle of hurt, anger, fear and depression
•    God has a plan for your life
•    There is power and purpose in your pain
This book will teach you how to move beyond accepting change to embracing transformation.  So, if you are seeking restoration, grab your Bible, this book, and open your heart and watch the transformation begin. 

About The Author

Monifa Robinson Groover, a native of New York City, moved to Teaneck, New Jersey with her
family at the tender age of twelve.  Upon graduation from Teaneck High School, Monifa obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA), as well as a Master of Social Work Degree from Smith College School of Social Work (Northampton, MA).  After relocating to Atlanta, Georgia, and extensive work in the field of social services, she obtained a Master of Public Administration Degree with a concentration in Management from Troy State University (Atlanta, GA).

Monifa has devoted her life to helping others see the potential that lies within them.  Having provided a number of services for diverse populations including but not limited to perpetrators of sexual crimes, individuals faced with substance abuse challenges and individuals in the criminal justice system; as well as having coached women entrepreneurs, her experience has taught her that neither position nor status dictate the level of pain and misfortune one may encounter.  It was at this time she realized the call on her life was much greater.

In 2003 she released her first book entitled “Within Your Reach, Inspiration That Quiets the Mind and Soothes the Soul”. (ISBN: 1-930231-03-2). This book is filled with devotions that shows people how to strategically turn their pain into gain, tragedy into triumph and victimization into victorious living.  She released her second book entitled “Change Beyond The Pain” in 2012 (ISBN: 978-0-9836776-0-4).  This book provides a more in-depth look at how individuals can use the Word of God to transform their lives.  It also shows them how to begin moving beyond the blows that life may sometimes deal.
Monifa has been called by God to help others reach their God-given potential.  Her duty is to equip others with the proper tools and resources to move beyond their circumstances and live healthier and more productive lives, which she believes can only be found when one has a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Her personal journey, combined with her education and work experience, and most importantly her relationship with Jesus Christ, collectively play a vital role in the work she passionately does today.  She resides in Savannah, Georgia and is a faithful member of New Covenant Holiness Church #3, located in Savannah, Georgia, where her beloved husband, Jamie Groover is pastor.

Blog Post/Book Excerpts

Chapter 5 The Power And Purpose Of Pain

All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose

Pain is a very important and necessary part of life. In the medical field, pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. Pain motivates us to withdraw from damag­ing or potentially damaging situations, protects the damaged body part while it heals, and serves as a reminder to avoid similar situations in the future. So even though pain is very unpleasant, it has a profound purpose; a purpose other than to cause you discomfort and make your life miserable. Since pain is so unpleasant, most would say they wish the feel­ing never existed, but in reality, many medical professionals become extremely worried when a patient has been injured and does not present any sign of pain. So, yes, pain does have a purpose. The question is have you discovered the purpose for your pain? Ahh, and I don’t mean physical pain. Have you discovered the purpose for your emotional and spiritual pain?

Change Beyond The Pain

Cycles, predictability, consistency, regularity…these are just a few things humans crave. The very thing humans long for is to know that everything in their lives will remain con­sistent. Sadly, this concept applies even when humans are involved in situations that are detrimental to their health and well-being. Most people never transition to the next level in their lives because they either don’t want change bad enough, or are unwilling to do what needs to be done for that change to occur. This may be harsh, nevertheless, it is true. Going to the next level will ALWAYS require us to move further, push harder, persevere longer, and dig deeper. Most sincerely believe they are ready for this, but the true test of our readiness comes when it is actually time to push harder, persevere longer, and dig deeper.

5 Star Review

The book started with a twist from the normal Inspirational books you read and grabbing your attention. The author’s straight forward question had me as she asked “Why you are reading this book?”

A very interesting question.

A lot of times when someone ask a question we respond immediately without thinking, so this are what the writer ask the reader. What do you expect from reading this book? Provoking a thoughtful mindset through out the book that makes you ponder. The book is about transformation.
This book is a guide to see you through the process of transformation in your life leaning on the scriptures as basis for your transformation process. From the start you are challenge to look deep in to yourself as you use this guide alongside the Bible as your main source for transformation to move beyond the emotional pain.
As we read this guide we are encountering tuff questions, where we need to search ourselves to be honest and truthful so we can encounter real transformation beyond the pain. When reading the guide the terms Change and transformation are clearly addressed and explained so we can understand where we are going with this guide.

To best Review this book I thought it best to do it chapter by chapter.

CH 1 Surrender.
Surrender is the first step to start transformation in your life. We get confronted with the term surrender and it is plainly explained what needs to be done. God needs total surrender so we can be transformed, one thing I pickup and is stressed very much in this chapter is that we are not in control though we may think so. We have not totally surrender, unless we hand full control of our lives to God so that he can form us and we can be fruitful as he attended it for us. Not my way but His way. This chapter is devoted to total surrender to Gods purpose for your life even the questions asked confront the reader with a deep searching of own life.

CH 2 God’s Perfect Will.
We get confronted with perfection in this chapter not our view of perfect but God’s view of perfection. Everything about Him is flawless. We are asked what is God’s perfect will is it possible in this world, if our eyes are taken of our abilities and we focus on God then it is possible in Christ. We are constantly reminded that God’s plan is better than ours for our lives because we have a plan and then a backup plan if the first one fails or maybe a third plan. God’s plan for our lives is infallible. Through out the chapter we get confronted with our inabilities to conquer what is causing it and the solution is provided. The writer through the working of the Holy Spirit is guiding you to deal with the inadequacies in your own life and to walk in victory in other words genuine transformation.

CH 3 God’s perfect timing
When we go through this chapter something very valuable comes forth - the term waiting, we as humans tend to work according to the clock and we want it now, we need to take time and wait for God, his timing is perfect. We are challenged to look at timing differently, what does it entitled. When I wait must I do something? Everything concerns timing are been looked upon so we can understand it better. Timing is n very important part of the transformation process. This chapter clearly focused on the different aspects of timing that includes waiting and obedience to God’s plan.

CH  4 All for his Glory.
This chapter handles the basic thing about humans selfishness, everything we do we want to be glorified and be praised. When it is after all God our Father that needs to be Glorified, a very different perspective to our view point. This chapter deals in depth to the problem so we can understand in perspective what it means to Glorify God with our lives. So that after everything is said and discussed, and the truth is brought to light. It is not about us but All Glory belongs to God our Father.

CH 5 The power and purpose of pain.
This chapter handles your emotional pain, what does it mean and how will it benefit your life to understand the purpose of it in the right perspective. As I read this chapter a lot of emotion surface as a similar experience came to mind. So pain causes a lot of actions some bad and also some good. How we handle it depends on our walk with God.

CH 6 Faith…But first you must believe.
For us to transform we must believe and have faith in God that he knows our future although we cannot see it now. Absolute trust in His word is essential. We learn that faith is a noun but also an action when you hear and do without questioning God.  A chapter full of powerful insight that needs to be read and carefully studied to grasp the full extent of faith.

CH 7 Transformation….It’s an inside job.
The previous chapters are all building blocks to help us search and ready ourselves to fully understand transformation and ready to go through it. Transformation is a painful and difficult process but in the end just as refined gold purity comes forth.

CH 8 Transformation is within your reach.
We need to take hold of this opportunity and face the pain and fears we have and push so that transformation can truly take place in our lives. It is sometimes a lonely process but take heart God is with you all the way. Transformation is a time of Revelation.

This guide is really well put together and I know why because of the Holy Spirit leading the writer to work through their own pain and receive revelation. This guide will surely help when you are seeking answers to questions no one wants to answer. You are confronted with and given solutions for the pain. At the end it is all about your place in God’s Kingdom and His perfect love for you.

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