Dee411 welcomes Monifa Robinson Groover who is on Tour with Write Now Lit promoting her non-fiction title, Change Beyond the Pain. Please enjoy the excerpt that Monifa has graciously supplied:
About The Book
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.
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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.
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