W(hole) Hearted

W(hole) Hearted

Discovering the Design of Your Life and the Message of the Heart

Whether you can accurately assess your true identity or not, W(hole) Hearted will introduce you to a key “detective” in uncovering the truth about who you really are and the design of your life. It doesn’t matter if you are the person who has grown up in church or the one who has seldom or never set foot in one: This book will help you better understand yourself, your experience with church, your present-day relationships, and most important, your relationship with God.

The W(hole) Hearted Study Guide is written for further self-study as well as for small group interaction. If you are using the study for a small group, you will want to customize the material for the length of the study.

Identity determines motivation, behavior, and everything else.

…spiritual growth is knowing the love of Christ better, which results in becoming more like Jesus.

How do we process God’s love when it doesn’t make sense to us?

About the Author

Rick Reitz grew up in a small town on the high plains of western Kansas. His experience includes teaching, coaching, pastoring, and driving an assortment of farm equipment. He is married to Julie, and they have two children, Joanna and Michael. Rick has a passion for the local church and for seeing people come to understand the love of God more fully. He enjoys opportunities to speak, being with people, being with family, and following whatever team Joanna happens to be coaching.

Rick Reitz

A quick look into a few chapters of W(hole) Hearted

If you have ever wanted to find a greater sense of meaning, fulfillment or a greater sense of value in your life, then this book is for you.

Click here to view W(hole) Hearted’s Table of Contents.

Chapter 1

The Beginning

It was my first full-time position in vocational ministry: the college and singles pastor at a large metropolitan church. In this new position, I found myself doing any number of tasks: teaching, organizing leadership teams, hosting barbecues, planning outings. Oh yeah, and one other thing: counseling.

Counseling wasn’t a strength of mine; I felt ill-prepared to do it. Now, here I was with people sitting in front of me looking for help. Not only that, it was obvious almost immediately to me that the issues that had brought them into my office were not the issues that really needed to be addressed. There is a huge difference between treating the symptom …

Chapter 2

The Stronghold

If you ask people what they want most in life, many of them will give responses that can easily be categorized into a few emotion-packed words. Love comes to the top quickly. People want to know they are cared about, and cared for, in a deep, meaningful way. The word love often surfaces more quickly for women than it does for men. Men’s responses group themselves generally around words related to significance, respect, and the lasting value of their work.

Whether you are a man or a woman, the following words often rise to the top of the page: love, acceptance, significance, belonging, respect, forgiveness, affection, meaningfulness, transcendence, purpose.

Man kneeling

Chapter 5

Empty Spaces

Gaps. Voids. Empty spaces.

We all have spaces in the inner core of our identity where we don’t feel safe, secure, or valued. We may be aware of these empty places, but for many people, they are seldom identified. They cruise just below the surface of the person we carefully present to others, and we do our best to make sure they don’t show up on anyone else’s radar. We really don’t want them to show up on our radar either. They are painful, and everyone knows pain should be avoided at all costs.

So what do we do with these gaps? Keep in mind our picture. It’s at this point the light begins to flicker in the On position for many who look at the model and work through it.

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