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If you value friendship and community, Authentic Relationships will inspire you with fresh insights for meaningful interaction with others. Authors Wayne and Clay Jacobsen give practical examples of how to apply the principles of "one anothering," drawing from the rich fabric of biblical guidance and instruction.

Beginning with God's simple command to "love one another," this book shows you how to create authentic and loving relationships and communities. Authentic Relationships captures the essence of Jesus' concern and service demonstrated to his disciples and followers. It weaves a fine tapestry that will help you develop genuine friendships and reveal to others the depths of your relationship with Jesus.

In a fast-paced culture that values independence and autonomy, the principles of "one anothering" can transform your relationships and broaden your community of true friends. You'll learn new methods for opening doors to deeper friendships and meaningful interactions with strangers. If you seek to strengthen relationships with other believers, you'll learn how to be the church rather than just go to church. This book helps you avoid the pitfalls of judging others and inspires you to engage people with love, acceptance, kindness, and respect.

About the Author

Wayne Jacobsen lives in Oxnard, California, but travels internationally as director of Lifestream Ministries. He is a contributing editor to Leadership Journal and the author of The Naked Church, In My Father's Vineyard, and He Loves Me.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801064511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801064517
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wayne served as a pastor for twenty years and was also a contributing editor to Leadership Journal. As the director of Lifestream Ministries, he now travels the world helping people learn to live deeply in the life of Jesus and share it freely with others. He has written and worked with others on many books about spiritual intimacy and relational community, including He Loves Me, So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore, A Man Like No Other, and The Shack. You can find his writings at Lifestream.org and hear his podcast at TheGodJourney.com. He lives in Newbury Park, California with his wife of forty years and enjoys his children and grandchildren.

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This is the best book that I have read detailing what relationships should look like in the church. Using examples from their own experiences and Christ, The Jacobsen brothers cleverly and thoroughly go through 22 verses in the Epistles that focus on the concept of "one anothering". The chapters are masterfully ordered to display the progression of relationship building. The first section starts with one's relationship with God. The next progression is the genesis of a truly authentic relationship. The authors follow this portion with a section called, 'Sharing the Journey'. As the title states, this portion of the book details relationships within an authentic community. The final chapters deal with what happens with true spiritually linked relationships deepen. If this was not enough, the end of each chapter lists discussion questions that really allow you to search your heart and challenge the authenticity of your relationship with God and others.

I have found the Jacobsen brothers to have true spiritual insight concerning what it means to walk the Christian journey in community with God and one another.

Currently, I am involved with a fellowship of young adult believers who wish to reach out to our surrounding community and friends. I am going to purchase a few more copies and use it as a mid week study tool. I would advise you to purchase this book, prayerfully read it and allow God to show you how your relationships with people can become deeper!
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Wonderful Book. Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in taking a closer look at how they and others deal with real community among believers. The author encourages believers to greater depths of fellowship as a people characterized by "one-anothering." In this book Jacobson explores practical ways to encourage that community as well as takes a look at where we are now. This is an encouragement to read. The material is easy to follow for new or seasoned believers. I find myself referring back to the book in sermon preparation regularly. Pick it up!
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This is one of the best books on relationship development from a biblical point of view. Very practical and simple; not another list of "to dos." Our small group is loving this book.
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This book is full of insight and has helped me a lot. Many of the thoughts are not original or new (there is nothing new under the sun) but have been put together in a way that just gels for me. I have heard and read these things many times, but now they have sunk in, and make sense, finally. Excellent writing. Starts with crucial foundations of accepting God's love and progressively builds from there. Can't say enough good about this book. Will read it over and over again.
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This book is helpful for all the relationships in your life. It's relatively small, but there is a lot of information here. I recommend reading it slowly, don't rush through or skim it, letting the ideas within sink in. Think over and meditate on them and how you can apply them in your own life.

I'll definitely be reading this one again, down the track..
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This is more than a book-it is (hopefully) a way of life, one that I am certainly desiring. Our Pastor has agreed to use this material as a basis to begin our home fellowship groups which is exciting to me. The subjects have been well thought out and applied and it is part of "the progression" of our christian walk that is a necessary ingredient.
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I have met the author and corresponded with him several times and wanted to clarify after reading the reviews here. Everything said is true but don't walk away thinking this is just a "self help", "relationship" or "5 step" sort of book. The chapters are not long and can be red one at a time in any order you like. What they address is how the instructions to live by in the bible are not a checklist and set of rules but stem from a motivation to please God. Far from being another rule book, Authentic Relationships deals with how to live as a Christian and compares church life to CHRIST life in a practical real-life way. Nearly every church I know would benefit from the book if their pastors read it and took it to heart. If the hamster wheel of trying to "be a Christian" is wearing you out or disappointing you, this book can show you hnow to simply BE a Christian with other people with no religious strings attached--in a church or outside one. It is a life changer--highly recommended.
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By E. Legg on November 9, 2006
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This book is a wonderful personal or group study book. It really helps us focus on how we can better serve each other and grow closer as a spiritual family.
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