From Burned Out to Beloved with Bethany Dearborn Hiser
Are you exhausted, friend? Are you pouring out and not filling up? Yes, life is busy (even under lockdown!), but sometimes there’s more going on. Without our awareness, false beliefs drive our feelings of anger, shame, guilt, or unworthiness. And in order to “fix” things, we give, serve, and care to make up for the ache inside. Can you relate?
Our inner beliefs and perceptions affect our care for others and ourselves. Understanding these false beliefs is an important step to free us from shame and to help us move toward wholeness and resilience. And that’s what we’re talking about!
I’m chatting with Bethany Dearborn Hiser about soul care for wounded healers. This is a conversation I needed for myself, and maybe you’ll see yourself in our chat, too. If you’re exhausted from caring for others without tending to yourself, there is HOPE!
Who is Bethany Dearborn Hiser?
Bethany Dearborn Hiser is the director of soul care for Northwest Family Life, a network of therapists trained to work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual trauma. As a bilingual social worker, chaplain, and pastoral advocate, Hiser has worked in a variety of ministry and social service settings with people affected by addiction, sexual exploitation, incarceration, and immigration. She and her husband, Kenny, live in Seattle with their two young children.
You can order From Burned Out to Beloved HERE.
About the Book:
As a social worker, jail chaplain, and justice advocate, Bethany Dearborn Hiser pushed herself to the brink of burnout―and then kept going. Stress, despair, and compassion fatigue overwhelmed her ability to function. She was called to serve the abused, addicted, and homeless people in her community. Yet she was emotionally and spiritually exhausted. Something needed to change. Searching for answers, Hiser learned that trauma affects everyone who is exposed to it―not only those experiencing it firsthand. Psychologists call it “secondary trauma.” She realized that she needed the very soul care that she was providing to others. From Burned Out to Beloved is Hiser’s story of burnout, self-discovery, and spiritual renewal. But more than that, it’s a trauma-informed soul care guide for all Christians working in high-stress, helping professions. Whether you’re a social worker, therapist, pastor, teacher, or healthcare professional, From Burned Out to Beloved will equip you to confess your limitations, embrace your identity as a beloved child of God, and flourish in your vocation.
Walk It Out Scripture
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
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Resources, books, and links mentioned in this episode:
- From Burned Out to Beloved | Bethan Dearborn Hiser
- Write that Book Group
- Sabbath | Wayne Muller
- Watercolors by Tricia Goyer