Rediscovering the
Lost Art of Lament
Dr. David M. Oliver

A lament is human sadness and longing lifted to God.  Absent the presence of God and ultimate hope, we cannot lament; we can only despair.  Within lament there exists a hidden protection.  Expressing our lament is a protection against the toxicity of our situation and from becoming immobilized by it.

Lament is a means of self-care.  Through lament people can express what has been churning within them.  They name their feelings and their condition.  At first, this may feel risky.  However, when human beings choose the authentic expression of a full range of emotions, they can experience a profound connection with others.

Seventy two of the 150 Psalms are laments of various kinds.  Since everyone experiences trauma, loss, and wounding, we are invited to rediscover the gift of lament hidden in plain sight in the Scriptures to offer healing and hope to the hurting.


Learning from Jesus How to Deal with Rejection and
Other Upset Emotions
Dr. David M. Oliver

Rejection is a universal human experience.  The effects of rejection can impact us across a lifetime.  Learn how Jesus dealt with rejection and apply this wisdom to your own life.  This paper includes a process for quieting and connecting with Jesus.


Knowing and Doing
the Will of God
Dr. David M. Oliver

Every person needs to make both little and large decisions on a weekly basis.  What if we could apply both faith and reason to know God’s will in our decisions?  We would make better choices which would have a very positive impact on the quality of our lives and on those around us.

This study of discernment combines biblical wisdom and the insights of authors who have discovered ways of making clear, important, godly decisions that combine the values of faith and reason.  Read this for your edification and for application to your life!


The Powerful Gift of
Three-Way Listening
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Dr. David M. Oliver

As a leader, pastor, spiritual director, or coach the gift of three-way listening is an essential tool in helping others.  Three-way listening has been one of the most significant gifts I offer as a husband, parent, and professional.  It is empowering to those who receive this gift.  

I describe the process and give tools to help leaders begin to develop this gift in their own life and work.


Empowering Your Prayer Life
Dr. David M. Oliver

  1. A Simple Way of Prayer

  2. Experiencing the Reconciliation and Forgiveness of God

  3. Healing Prayer

  4. Writing a Lament

  5. Breath Prayer

  6. Prayer to Experience the Greatness of God

  7. Prayer to Experience the Nearness of God

  8. Prayer of Examen: Reflecting on God’s Presence

  9. Blessing One Another

  10. Safe Place Prayer Exercise



God's Healing Touch:
Five Ways God Heals
Dr. David M. Oliver

There are many examples of God’s healing in Scripture and in life.  Learn about the five ways God heals, some of which may be surprising to you.  This message is a balanced and biblical approach to understanding the mystery of God’s healing.



Practical Insights and Tools
for Addressing Wounds
and Trauma
Dr. David M. Oliver

            No one comes to adulthood without wounds of various kinds.  Every human being experiences trauma and loss.  This paper outlines five types of trauma and gives a brief introduction to brain science which is understandable and accessible.  Ten proven tools are listed for recovering from trauma and turning on the relational circuits of our brain so that we can return to being our best and healthiest selves.


Growing in Prayer:
Personality Influenced
Prayer Styles
Dr. David M. Oliver

Find a way of praying that connects with God and reflects the unique person God made you.  This guide assists people to find and experience a way of prayer that works for them using the four functions of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator: Sensing, Intuition, Thinking and Feeling.  This practical work comes from Dr. Oliver’s research on prayer and personality types.



A Small Group Experience of


Spiritual Formation and Freedom


David M. Oliver     Hazel E. Partington

Sandra C. Vilela

This is a unique, five session small group experience.  Participants are guided in creating community, deepening spiritual intimacy, discovering our authority in Christ, assessing the things that block our Christian growth, and learning how to overcome the tactics of the demonic realm.  Powerful biblical instruction and prayers are provided so people can learn to walk in freedom, overcoming lies that keep them in bondage and apart from God’s truth.  This experience leads to self-discovery and spiritual growth.  We have received very positive feedback from participants.

$50 for Facilitator’s Manual

$40 for Participant’s Manual

Empowering Your Prayer Life
Dr. David M. Oliver

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