Self-mutilation is a means of dealing with deep, complex emotional turmoil by disfiguring the body with knives, razor blades, or needles. The sufferings of Jesus Christ, however, and the finished work of the Cross offer hope, security, and healing. This booklet illustrates how those struggling with cutting can apply the gospel (death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ) in practical ways to their issues of cutting.
About the Author
Jeremy Lelek is president of the Association of Biblical Counselors and of Metroplex Counseling in Dallas, Texas; adjunct professor at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas; and council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.
This is a wonderful resource on cutting. While I am not a counselor, I work with youth that deal with this issue. When preparing for a recent talk I was giving on this topic, this was literally the only resource I was able to find that was both gospel centered and practical. The story of the girl, Justen, is powerful and I love how the author uses her story throughout the entire book. This is a short read (32 pages) but is packed with so much truth of Jesus and his atoning sacrifice. The truth that Jesus was cut on our behalf, therefore we do not have to turn to the means of self-mutational because Jesus took it all on the cross. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to discover the gospel answer for cutting. A GREAT read and resource.