In this personal healing retreat from Heather Khym, cohost of the popular Abiding Together podcast, you are invited to break through the barriers that prevent you from trusting and experiencing the deep love of Jesus and be transformed by the freedom that comes when we vulnerably bring our entire selves to the foot of the Cross.
Rooted in the teaching of Khym’s Vancouver-based ministry, Life Restoration, Abide shares scripture, essential Catholic teaching, and the author’s personal healing journey to reintroduce you to God as the Divine Healer, Restorer, and Miracle Worker. Khym offers you a compass to navigate your past as you dig into difficult memories that have disoriented your understanding of God and made you afraid to trust him. She challenges you to cast off your self-protective tendencies and to recognize your need for healing so you can be the person you were created to be.
Jesus says, “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit because apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:4–5).
We are meant to abide in Jesus, to unite ourselves to him. Yet over the course of our lives, we experience brokenness and loss, which lead us to doubt God’s presence.
Khym challenges you to step outside your comfort zone so that you can authentically:
· recognize God as a loving father who desires your happiness;
· practice spiritual and emotional vulnerability with Jesus;
· invite the Divine Healer into your past and relationships;
· acknowledge that you have an enemy who battles for your heart; and
· overcome false beliefs about God and learn to trust Jesus as a compelling, captivating, and trustworthy lover of your soul.
Each chapterincludes practical reflection-based exercises that help you recall troublesome memories, identify the roots of your feelings, and meditate on excerpts from scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. You’ll come away with a renewed hope in the power of God to bring freedom to your fearful heart as you start to live a life restored in Christ, one that begins with and is sustained by an intimate relationship with Jesus.
A Note From the Publisher
Khym has more than twenty-five years of experience as a speaker and retreat leader who offers workshops and conferences in the United States and Canada. She attended Franciscan University of Steubenville, studying theology and catechetics.
Khym is passionate about evangelization, discipleship, and creating an environment that leads people to a personal encounter with God. She works with and volunteers in a number of capacities for the Archdiocese of Vancouver and served on the archbishop’s pastoral council for six years.
“Heather Khym is practical in her approach instilling confidence that a new life in Christ is actually possible.”
From the foreword by Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR
President of Franciscan University of Steubenville
“With delicacy, truth, wisdom, and beauty, Heather Khym invites you into the heart of Jesus and into the abiding love of the God who never leaves you nor forsakes you. This practical and inspiring book will bring healing to your life and will bless you immensely.”
Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT
Author of Loved As I Am
“Abide is a gold mine of wisdom about the challenges of life, emotional healing, and spiritual transformation. If you long for deeper intimacy with Jesus, you will love this book.”
Author of Be Healed
“With the wisdom and vulnerability that only a truly humble and healed guide can give, Heather Khym will lead you into the heart of God and usher in a reawakening of your own heart. The practical tools and stories shared will give you the language and courage to engage your own story. And the best part is, you don’t have to do it alone. Heather’s words gently extend the Savior’s healing hands to you on every page. This book will help you to go deeper, be healed, become freer, and fall more deeply in love with Jesus and the life he’s crafted for you. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone at any stage of their spiritual journey.”
Director of Ministry Advancement
Blessed Is She
“By recounting her own arresting and very personal journey, Heather Khym provides a pathway to healing the interior wounds that afflict all of us. She wants us to engage our relationship with the Lord as our life truly is—and not as we wish it was or as we pretend it to be. With gentle humor and practical tips, Khym guides the reader to engage the ‘abundant life’ that Jesus promises to those who trust in him.”
Most Rev. J. Michael Miller, CSB
Archbishop of Vancouver
“If you feel alone, wonder if things will ever change, or are longing to experience the abundant life that Christ promises, then Abide was written for you. Soul healing is not reserved for the precious pious or the holy huddle. It’s on offer to each one of us, and Heather Khym is an unparalleled guide on that journey. She shares her story, and in doing so, accompanies you as you explore your own. Dive into these pages and engage with the wisdom found here and I promise you, you will be changed for the better.”
Founder of Walking with Purpose
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 3 members
This is a beautiful book that invites you to connect to Christ in a deeper and fuller way. It is full of wisdom that encourages one to abide in Him and His love. This is one I'll return to again and again. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.
The Promise (Descr from Publisher): Break through the barriers that prevent you from trusting and experiencing the deep love of Jesus… trade self-protective tendencies for recognition of own need for healing so can be the person you were created to be. The Expectation (mine after reading the promise, etc): I chose this book because I am focusing on a closer walk with God in 2022 & felt like it would be a great companion for my journey. Quote: We were made for more. We were not meant to live a mediocre life; rather to live a life of abundance in Jesus, abiding in him at every moment… The world desperately needs people who have been restored by the power of Jesus… it must begin with us. What I connected with: I connected with every page of this book. Lots of highlighting done via my Kindle! Khym is personal & relatable while also taking a strategic approach to God’s healing for your life. It was easy to read; but I had to stop after each chapter just to soak it in and reflect. All of her charts, diagrams and the reflection pieces at the end of each chapter certainly add to the worthiness of this read. What I struggled with: I didn’t find anything that I really struggled with on this one. I was continually thirsty for what was on the next page! What I learned: That I desperately need to surrender to my overwhelming thirst for God in the stillness & quietness of prayer & I can be assured that God not only will show up, He’s already there waiting on me… expecting me. .. knowing that I am coming. All I have to do is ask for Him for his blessing. Jesus’ name is enough. How I was transformed: I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but my daily quiet time in prayer and God’s Word is more focused. I show up with a more open & expectant heart. I get to be with God- who is “all in” when it comes to loving me. I will recommend this to friends and family. I definitely want a hard copy of this book!