About This Book
In this book, Healed Wounds, But Ugly Scars, wounds and scars are used as metaphors for the consequences of wrong choices. Wounds refer to the consequences that are still fresh, and scars symbolize the lasting effects of past decisions and actions.
Every human being carries some scars. In our journey through life, we are often injured physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Some of the wounds that caused the scars are self-inflicted, whiles others were caused by other people. Even after we are healed, the scars still remain—and some of them are very ugly.
Scars tell stories, and the stories can be painful. They include lasting effects resulting from missed and neglected opportunities, broken hearts, failed relationships and marriages, painful betrayals and hurts, disappointing outcomes, and dashed hopes. The scars also expose the hidden experiences of rejection, fear, doubt, ruined health and finances, loss of innocence, shipwrecked faith, lifelong regrets, and more.
But although scars tell sad and tragic stories, scars don't bleed anymore. They don’t have to bleed anymore. Scars are there to remind us that once fresh wounds are now healed. Rightly perceived, scars can inspire us to move on with our lives.
The primary purpose of this book is to help us avoid needless wounds—and the scars that result from them. In other words, the book is intended to caution against making wrong choices in our journey through life—choices that have far-reaching consequences upon ourselves and others. Healed Wounds, But Ugly Scars is also written to help us retrace our steps back to healing, after we have experienced the painful wounds of sin—either self-inflicted or caused by someone else. More importantly, the book is designed to lead us to the Wounded Healer, the One who alone can help us live with our ugly scars.
WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING
“With daring honesty and conviction, Dr. Pipim takes a look at one of life’s hardest realities: the indelible consequences of wrong choices. From our own self-inflicted wounds to the wounds inflicted upon innocent people, ugly scars remain as painful reminders of choices that should never have been made. You will find in this book an impassioned appeal to live as though every choice counts, as though every decision is a matter of life and death...because it is. A timely message for my generation!”
—Thando Malambo, Student, Harvard University; Associate Editor, CAMPUS p.r.e.s.s.
“Temptations, sin, and consequences – three words we all know only too well. Very often, the author says, we don’t just fall into sins, we crawl into them. Healed Wounds, but Ugly Scars forcefully illustrates with biblical stories our own experiences with wrong choices. The three sections of the book show how to avoid needless wounds, how to obtain healing, and how to live with ugly scars. Young and old will greatly benefit from a prayerful reading of these pages.”
—Gerhard Pfandl, PhD, Associate Director, General Conference Biblical Research Institute
“A solemnly powerful message for everyone—especially for the leaders of our generation! Dr. Pipim unconventionally encourages us to strive for excellence by showing the fatal dangers of falling short of this standard. Sure to be one of his best works, this bold challenge shows again why he attracts and is respected by so many young people around the world.”
—Israel Ramos, Pastor and Co-Founder, Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC)