In Luke 13:10–17, the Bible tells the story of a woman who was painfully crippled by a demon. She’d been bent over—unable to stand straight—for eighteen years. Jesus laid His hands upon her, and the woman was instantly healed.
This story parallels author Carolyn McLaren’s own journey. For years, she was “bent over” by her family history: sexual immorality and alcoholism made Carolyn’s childhood home a chaotic place. She felt both condemned and brokenhearted, sure that she was somehow responsible for this pain. And even as an adult, Carolyn was embattled with grief, dealing with manipulation and abuse.
But, like the crippled woman in Luke 13, Carolyn was touched by Jesus. And just like that woman, she was restored! In So She Could Stand Straight, Carolyn not only shares this story but helps us walk into the healing God freely offers to His daughters. This book can be used by groups or individuals, with reflective questions following each chapter to prompt discussion and growth. Carefully chosen Bible verses illustrate God’s desire to reach out His loving arms to us. With Carolyn’s guidance, learn how a relationship with Jesus allows us to stand straight once again.