Some books surprise you. This book did just that. As a male pastor, I thought I would have difficulty relating to the experiences of a pastor’s wife. But just the opposite was true. On many points I found myself identifying with author, Danielle Presseault’s lived experiences.
At its core this is a book about inner healing, spiritual warfare, and deliverance. But don’t expect a lengthy biblical treatise on these topics. That’s not the author’s writing style. Instead, Danielle uses a chatty conversational style to tell in story format her need for spiritual and physical healing, her struggles along the way, and her ultimate emergence in victory. This is a narrative that I believe many will be able to identify with, or perhaps long for.
Like many Christians in leadership, Danielle had become adept at portraying an overcoming victorious lifestyle, though she was broken and wounded inside. Eventually that inner brokenness began to manifest in serious health issues. The Ripple Effect chronicles her journey from flat out denial to inner healing, and eventually to her own ministry of bringing spiritual health to others. Of course, there are setbacks and challenges along the way, but in all of it, God and his Word are honored.
I gave this book a five-star rating because I believe it touches on genuine needs within the Christian community and society in general. Our deepest needs are spiritual and Danielle’s forthright telling of her story can help many on their own journey to wholeness. We need to see what inner healing and spiritual warfare look like as a practical lived experience. The Ripple Effect does just that.