Shows how classical systematic theology relates to growth; how growth is not about actualization, but about sanctification; what has to happen for growth to occur; and what the Bible teaches about the responsibilities of the church and the responsibilities of the individual. This book gives gatekeepers (pastors, recovery leaders, lay leaders, ...
Shows how classical systematic theology relates to growth; how growth is not about actualization, but about sanctification; what has to happen for growth to occur; and what the Bible teaches about the responsibilities of the church and the responsibilities of the individual. This book gives gatekeepers (pastors, recovery leaders, lay leaders, paraprofessionals) tools to help people resolve issues of relationships, maturity, emotional problems, and overall spiritual growth.
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Well written, insightful book. Provides great insight into the working of the Body of Christ and how God uses people to help us grow. Full of grace, full of wisdom and very practical. It is not the '7 steps to whatever....'
Feb 8, 2008
Cloud and Townsend combine to write another excellent book! However, in this book their style is different and geared towards leaders who help others "grow" as well as people who are seeking to "grow" themselves. This is a long book that takes a look at the major doctrines of the Christian faith and relate them to growth. In that sense, this book is a "survey" of many topics, which can make the book drag at times, but contains a wealth of information!
The premise of this book is that all growth is spiritual growth when effective. Emotional growth, physical growth, intellectual growth, etc. is tied up in spiritual growth. This growth occurs best in group settings of true Christian fellowship. The book is unique in that the end of every chapter this are tips for book those leading others in growth as well as those growing themselves.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-10-29 Cloud and Townsend, clinical psychologists who are the Gold Medallion Award-winning authors of Boundaries, attempt in this book to chart personal growth from a biblical perspective. Rather than suggesting that real growth happens only to Christians, they argue that most effective therapeutic methods, even those that are ostensibly secular, use biblical concepts. As such, they look to Scripture for the very best strategies for spiritual and emotional growth. While they are critical of a one-size-fits-all approach to human suffering, they do prescribe a combination of prayer, Bible study and regular contact with a "growth group" for virtually every problem they address. The growth groups they describe are populated by healthy, vulnerable people who are willing to confront each other lovingly and own up to mistakes and failures. Cloud and Townsend argue persuasively that such groups facilitate dramatic changes in individuals' lives, but leave the logistical problem of finding such evolved folks to the reader. Perhaps the most radical message of the book is that failure is the norm, even for the most devout. Not only do the authors repeatedly give examples of the best Christians committing the worst sins, but they also insist that such wrongdoing never warrants condemnation from God or other believers. Instead, they argue, sinners must experience total acceptance and love before true repentance and change can occur. This solid, Bible-based argument against guilt and for grace is a powerful elixir for evangelicals who all too often hear the opposite message. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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