Endorsements

 

"His Heart, My Hands is an engaging exploration of the multiple dimensions of Christian caregiving. Written for Christians who strive to understand and respond compassionately to pain and needs in the lives of others, this book examines spiritual, personal, and professional examples of the attitudes and actions needed for effective caregiving. I have been blessed to work with Dr. Ryan Fraser for a number of years and to directly observe his responses to the challenges he has been confronted with in his own life. His faith, strength, and courage in times of personal and family crisis are inspirational to all those around him. Ryan writes so insightfully and compellingly about caregiving because he knows it personally and models it with his own hands."

Lisa M. Beene, LCSW
Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Family Studies
Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN

 

"When God touches our real-life matters, our pain, and even our disconnected moments of life, we come to know who God is in a very real, personal and authentic way. At that very moment, God has shown us his heart and our hands then have something to offer to others, most often in similar circumstances. I highly recommend Dr. Fraser's book as he honestly connects his own real life experiences, some of his family circumstances, as well as his excellent professional clinical abilities to who God is, and, therefore, who we become through this experience and relationship. Be ready to be moved, engaged, and challenged!"

David Jordan
Agape Child & Family Services, Memphis, TN
Executive Director

 

 

"His Heart, My Hands is a joy to read. Dr. Fraser's gripping personal stories and practical action plans are eye-opening, inspiring, and memorable. His training as a professional counselor and theologian inform his writing from beginning to end, so that sound principles of psychological theory merge with thoughtful interpretation of Scripture to form a compelling synthesis of faith and practice. Informed, reflective, and workable--His Heart, My Hands embodies the kind of incarnational ministry that it advocates, one in which wisdom takes on flesh and meets us where we live."

Jesse E. Robertson, Ph.D.
Dean of Graduate Schools; Assistant Professor of Bible
Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN

 

"Ryan Fraser eloquently describes the compassionate heart of Jesus. The challenge that is given to the readers of this book is to allow the heart of Jesus to touch us. To seize the incredible opportunity to bring healing and hope into the lives of others. The sequential recommendations begin by using our hands to touch our own families with the loving message of Jesus. We then extend our hands to the household of fellow believers. The excitement does not stop here, as we are challenged to reach out and touch individuals in the world, people outside the family of God who have no hope. We begin with our neighbors and extend our reach around the world. After reading this book, you will never have the excuse that I did not know how or what to do when I met an individual in need. What a beautiful reminder of how Jesus will use our hands so that others may come to know HIS heart. This is a must read for individuals who are longing to have Jesus use them in numerous ways in a variety of settings."

John Scroggins, Ed.D.
Director of School Partnerships
Catapult Learning, Arlington, Texas

 

"Although many books on pastoral care are available for religious professionals, few works guide laypersons in this indispensable aspect of discipleship. Drawing on his rich experience in both giving and receiving pastoral care in moments of crisis, Ryan Fraser fills this need by offering insights that will benefit all Christians. With a unique mixture of lessons from Jesus, the Great Healer, and his own person experience, he demonstrates both the theological importance of caregiving and offers practical suggestions that readers will find helpful." 

James W. Thompson, Ph.D.
Professor of New Testament; Onstead Chair for Biblical Studies
Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas

 

"Like a captivating storyteller, Ryan Fraser takes us back in time to relive the life of Jesus as he cared for the lost and hurting. Ryan challenges us to care like Jesus, with His compassionate heart and our willing hands. Ryan's experience as a minister, dad, and counselor shine through! Church Bible classes, small groups, and ministers will use this book to help learn how to effectively care like Jesus. I need resources like His Heart, My Hands. This will be a resource for churches and ministers for years to come."

Steven Yeakley
Involvement Minister
Faith Village Church of Christ
Wichita Falls, Texas
 

 
"Ryan Fraser has given us a highly accessible, informative, and encouraging book. It's all here: Scriptural foundations, pastoral principles, vivid illustrations, practical guidelines, and Ryan's warm encouragement. His Heart, My Hands is a great resource for Christians exploring the ministry of caregiving. Use it in Sunday school, at retreats, and in workshops for teenagers and adults." 
Robert Thompson, D.Min.
Retired Army Chaplain; Marriage & Family Therapist
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Louisville, Kentucky
 
 

"His Heart, My Hands is like a warm spiritual breeze that gently, yet insistently, encourages me to shed my cool detachment and embrace the blessings and the burdens of being a sentient human being. Dr. Fraser understands the storms of life--the pain of suffering and brokenness--and how important a shelter can be. He understands that trust can be broken, love can hurt, and that an arm's length between people can be a far journey. His language--refreshing and deeply rooted in real life experiences--introduces a compassionate Jesus who understands me and encourages me to heal my broken trust by connecting meaningfully with others, to mend my broken heart by accepting comfort and consolation, and, ultimately, to create a charitable community by giving these same gifts to others. His Heart, My Hands is a gift of insight and wisdom."

Mark H. Crowell, D.S.W.
Associate Professor of Social Work
Freed-Hardeman University
Henderson, Tennessee

 

"I have studied many biblical resources and attended numerous conferences aimed at equipping chaplains and mental health experts to better manage the acute crisis of victims of trauma. I have not, however, encountered a work like His Heart, My Hands that so well integrates both biblical principles with academic research in such a way that is both insightful and practical. Dr. Fraser's work is clearly the fruit of transformation both in the classroom and in the fire. This is an important resource for any individual, as well as, any church body willing to be the healing hands of Jesus to a fractured and afflicted world.

Steve Martin, D.Min.
Chaplain
Nixa Fire District, Christian County Sheriff's Department, Nixa Police Department, and Missouri State Highway Patrol
Nixa, Missouri

 

 

 

 

"His Heart, My Hands is an engaging exploration of the multiple dimensions of Christian caregiving. Written for Christians who strive to understand and respond compassionately to pain and needs in the lives of others, this book examines spiritual, personal, and professional examples of the attitudes and actions needed for effective caregiving. I have been blessed to work with Dr. Ryan Fraser for a number of years and to directly observe his responses to the challenges he has been confronted with in his own life. His faith, strength, and courage in times of personal and family crisis are inspirational to all those around him. Ryan writes so insightfully and compellingly about caregiving because he knows it personally and models it with his own hands."

Lisa M. Beene, LCSW
Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Family Studies
Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN

 

"When God touches our real-life matters, our pain, and even our disconnected moments of life, we come to know who God is in a very real, personal and authentic way. At that very moment, God has shown us his heart and our hands then have something to offer to others, most often in similar circumstances. I highly recommend Dr. Fraser's book as he honestly connects his own real life experiences, some of his family circumstances, as well as his excellent professional clinical abilities to who God is, and, therefore, who we become through this experience and relationship. Be ready to be moved, engaged, and challenged!"

David Jordan
Agape Child & Family Services, Memphis, TN
Executive Director

 

 

"His Heart, My Hands is a joy to read. Dr. Fraser's gripping personal stories and practical action plans are eye-opening, inspiring, and memorable. His training as a professional counselor and theologian inform his writing from beginning to end, so that sound principles of psychological theory merge with thoughtful interpretation of Scripture to form a compelling synthesis of faith and practice. Informed, reflective, and workable--His Heart, My Hands embodies the kind of incarnational ministry that it advocates, one in which wisdom takes on flesh and meets us where we live."

Jesse E. Robertson, Ph.D.
Dean of Graduate Schools; Assistant Professor of Bible
Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN

 

"Ryan Fraser eloquently describes the compassionate heart of Jesus. The challenge that is given to the readers of this book is to allow the heart of Jesus to touch us. To seize the incredible opportunity to bring healing and hope into the lives of others. The sequential recommendations begin by using our hands to touch our own families with the loving message of Jesus. We then extend our hands to the household of fellow believers. The excitement does not stop here, as we are challenged to reach out and touch individuals in the world, people outside the family of God who have no hope. We begin with our neighbors and extend our reach around the world. After reading this book, you will never have the excuse that I did not know how or what to do when I met an individual in need. What a beautiful reminder of how Jesus will use our hands so that others may come to know HIS heart. This is a must read for individuals who are longing to have Jesus use them in numerous ways in a variety of settings."

John Scroggins, Ed.D.
Director of School Partnerships
Catapult Learning, Arlington, Texas

 

"Although many books on pastoral care are available for religious professionals, few works guide laypersons in this indispensable aspect of discipleship. Drawing on his rich experience in both giving and receiving pastoral care in moments of crisis, Ryan Fraser fills this need by offering insights that will benefit all Christians. With a unique mixture of lessons from Jesus, the Great Healer, and his own person experience, he demonstrates both the theological importance of caregiving and offers practical suggestions that readers will find helpful." 

James W. Thompson, Ph.D.
Professor of New Testament; Onstead Chair for Biblical Studies
Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas

 

"Like a captivating storyteller, Ryan Fraser takes us back in time to relive the life of Jesus as he cared for the lost and hurting. Ryan challenges us to care like Jesus, with His compassionate heart and our willing hands. Ryan's experience as a minister, dad, and counselor shine through! Church Bible classes, small groups, and ministers will use this book to help learn how to effectively care like Jesus. I need resources like His Heart, My Hands. This will be a resource for churches and ministers for years to come."

Steven Yeakley
Involvement Minister
Faith Village Church of Christ
Wichita Falls, Texas
 

 
"Ryan Fraser has given us a highly accessible, informative, and encouraging book. It's all here: Scriptural foundations, pastoral principles, vivid illustrations, practical guidelines, and Ryan's warm encouragement. His Heart, My Hands is a great resource for Christians exploring the ministry of caregiving. Use it in Sunday school, at retreats, and in workshops for teenagers and adults." 
Robert Thompson, D.Min.
Retired Army Chaplain; Marriage & Family Therapist
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Louisville, Kentucky
 
 

"His Heart, My Hands is like a warm spiritual breeze that gently, yet insistently, encourages me to shed my cool detachment and embrace the blessings and the burdens of being a sentient human being. Dr. Fraser understands the storms of life--the pain of suffering and brokenness--and how important a shelter can be. He understands that trust can be broken, love can hurt, and that an arm's length between people can be a far journey. His language--refreshing and deeply rooted in real life experiences--introduces a compassionate Jesus who understands me and encourages me to heal my broken trust by connecting meaningfully with others, to mend my broken heart by accepting comfort and consolation, and, ultimately, to create a charitable community by giving these same gifts to others. His Heart, My Hands is a gift of insight and wisdom."

Mark H. Crowell, D.S.W.
Associate Professor of Social Work
Freed-Hardeman University
Henderson, Tennessee

 

"I have studied many biblical resources and attended numerous conferences aimed at equipping chaplains and mental health experts to better manage the acute crisis of victims of trauma. I have not, however, encountered a work like His Heart, My Hands that so well integrates both biblical principles with academic research in such a way that is both insightful and practical. Dr. Fraser's work is clearly the fruit of transformation both in the classroom and in the fire. This is an important resource for any individual, as well as, any church body willing to be the healing hands of Jesus to a fractured and afflicted world.

Steve Martin, D.Min.
Chaplain
Nixa Fire District, Christian County Sheriff's Department, Nixa Police Department, and Missouri State Highway Patrol
Nixa, Missouri

 

 

 

 

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