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Michael Todd

From Trauma to Triumph

3.9 (17 ratings)
14 mins

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Damaged but Not Destroyed is a powerful memoir by Michael Todd, where he shares his journey of resilience and triumph over adversity. It is an inspiring story of rising above challenges and finding inner strength to overcome life's obstacles.

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    Unlock past traumas for healing

    In the twists and turns of life, we all experience setbacks and disappointments that stick with us – some deeper than others. Perhaps you've felt the heavy weight of past relationships, financial struggles, or missed opportunities. But have you ever stopped to acknowledge these past hurts? Well, let's delve into the power of facing the pain that has shaped you and the profound healing that it can bring.

    You see, we often wear painful experiences like a badge of dishonor, as if our worth is defined by them. But there's an impactful approach called the HOT method – which stands for Humble, Open, and Transparent – that provides a roadmap for unlocking past traumas. Imagine your life as a dartboard, where words, actions, and experiences land like darts, embedding themselves in different domains like your self-esteem, relationships, or career. The first step to healing is to openly map out where these darts have landed. Being humble and transparent about it, even just to yourself, can be a transformative experience.

    Think back to a time when you felt rejected, maybe it was a college application that came back with a “no,” or perhaps a relationship that ended in heartbreak. Using the HOT method, you Humble yourself to acknowledge the pain, Open your heart to its impact, and Transparently look at how it has affected you. This vulnerability doesn't mean you're weak – actually, it signifies the beginning of your healing journey.

    You can go even further in your healing by understanding your Equation of Damage. The equation goes like this: Dart plus Domain equals Damage. The left side of this equation is a dart landing in a domain – say, a hurtful word aimed at your confidence. And the right side of the equation is a specific type of damage. Unpack the equation and understand where the dart came from and what domain it's affected. Perhaps you suffered a business failure that's lodged itself in your domain of financial security, causing stress and anxiety. 

    The Equation of Damage allows you to separate darts from your own worth. By doing this, you reframe your past damage as experiences that don't define you but instead teach you valuable life lessons.

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    What is Damaged but Not Destroyed about?

    Damaged but Not Destroyed (2023) unveils the complex maze of life's struggles, scars, and setbacks. Journey through the transformative power of facing past pain, embracing raw honesty, and welcoming God's grace. While you might feel damaged, your divine destiny remains brilliantly within reach.

    Who should read Damaged but Not Destroyed?

    • Seekers of spiritual growth and personal transformation
    • Followers of contemporary Christian leadership
    • Readers navigating life's emotional challenges

    About the Author

    Michael Todd serves as the co-lead pastor of Transformation Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife, Natalie. He's the New York Times bestselling author of Relationship Goals and Crazy Faith. Along with his dedication to Transformation Church, Todd frequently speaks at major churches and conferences, including Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina and Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. 

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